About Us

Who Am I?

Hi I'm Armando J. Torres I'm a Ph.D. student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign within the Education Policy, Organization and Leadership (EPOL) department.

My concentration is Global Studies in Education. My research focuses on sustainable education policy and development, youth agency and social inclusion, and community-based entreprenuership and innovation in the global south.

I welcome you to learn about my work and research to collaborate in making great strides in global education through technology, entrepreneurship, and innovation.

Quality Education for All

Sustainable Development

Community-based research

ICTs 4 Development

How can we bring
quality and sustainable education to all?

What I do?

Here are some of my expertise


PhD researcher fellow and international researcher collaborator


Experience as a non-profit board member, founder and coordinator

Education Tech

Digital Environments for Learning, Teaching and Agency (DELTA) graduate student

Youth Programs

Experience working and advising NGO and non-profit organizations in the US and abroad.

Student Affairs

Experience in international student offices, admissions and outreach

ICTs for Development

Member of Comparative International Education Society (CIES) and ICT4D sig, ICT4D Think Lab

Cups of tea
My Specialty

My Skills

Some of the skills I possess.







R Statistics


Public Speaking





Ph.D. Student in Department of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership.

August 2019 - Present
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Conferred on the 13 of May of 2016
University of Southern California

Conferred on the 15 of June of 2012
Concentration in Latin America and Minor in Professional Writing
University of California, Santa Barbara.


Work Experience

Admissions Counselor 2016-2018

Undergraduate admissions at the University of California at Santa Barbara with outreach and advocacy focus on Latinx and first-generation college student communities.

Admissions Advisor 2015-2016

Admissions consultant for international students at the USC International Academy.

English Language Program Coordinator 2014-2015

Coordinator of English Language Program instruction, cultural immersion and social inclusion for USC J1, J2 and F2 scholars and dependents.

Program Site Coordinator 2013-2015

Coordinator for El Monte site at Kids In Sports Los Angeles, a non-profit organization for "at-promise" youth to promote education persistence and community social inclusion through subsidized sports programming.

Visit and Read

Recriando Raizes

Recriando Raizes is a transformative NGO providing lifesaving resources and empowerment in Rio de Janeiro through sport, leisure, citizenship, culture and education, while serving as a model for sustainable development for the world.

I was introduced to Ilma Rocha, founder and CEO of Recriando Raizes in 2019, more intimately known as "Tia Ilma" (Aunt Ilma), by Joseandro, a community mobilizer I met in 2014 during a field visit in Costa Barros, Rio de Janeiro at the height of the Fifa World Cup. Tia Ilma shared her tragic and inspiring story of how Recriando Raizes came to be and decided to write an article about her life's work. Today, I serve as an international collaborator and technical ally for Recriando Raizes.

Read my article about Recriando Raizes.

Get in Touch


Education Bldg, 1310 S 6th St, Champaign, IL 61820