AlvarezRafael D. Alvarez is the Director of the San Diego City College (SDCC) Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) Program, an academic support program for students transferring to four year universities in STEM majors. He founded the SDCC MESA Program in 2000, and he uses learning culture to transform the lives of his students, who know him as the Corner Man! Like his MESA students, Rafael was once a first-generation college student, economically disadvantaged, and underrepresented in a STEM major. Based on his personal experience as an undergraduate student and as the SDCC MESA Program Director, Rafael has begun a learning culture revolution in higher education as the author of Turning on the Lights: Using Learning Culture to Increase Student Success. Rafael has earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Harvey Mudd College and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California.