Charles Sanchez earned his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh, and his Master of Education in Higher Education Administration (Student Affairs) from the University at Buffalo. Having participated in the Educational Opportunity Program as well as serving in student government as an undergraduate student is what sparked his initial interest in issues of higher education. During his master’s degree work, he worked as an Assistant Hall Director within the Campus Living department at UB. Additionally, he held internships working within opportunity programs at nearby colleges and Buffalo Public High Schools, mentoring students through tumultuous academic times as well as helping guide students through college applications and the financial aid process. His interests are in college access, public policy, and retention of underrepresented students. He currently serves as a graduate research assistant in the Center for Latino Achievement and Success in Education.