In his two decades as an educator, Dr. Ricardo Medina has had the opportunity to teach at the elementary, middle school, high school, community college, and university level. He has worked within numerous roles as a teacher, dean of students, resource teacher, restorative justice facilitator, academic advisor, program lead, lecturer, and professor of practice. For most of his career, he has worked with adolescent students creating and facilitating rich classroom experiences rooted in ethnic studies.
Ricardo Medina is currently an ethnic studies resource teacher in San Diego Unified School District. Through his scholarly research he focuses on sacred purpose; youth development; Indigenous pedagogy; critical pedagogy; transformational healing frameworks; educator ideological clarity and praxis; and ethnic studies. Additionally, he is a senior education consultant with the National Compadres Network, a member of the Human Relations Commission for the City of Chula Vista, a lead organizer with Circulo de Hombres, and an assistant editor with Teacher Education Quarterly Journal.