Francisco A. Villarruel

Francisco A. Villarruel

Interim Director, Julian Samora Research Institute
Professor, Department of Human Development and Family Studies


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Dr. Francisco A. Villarruel is the Faculty Grievance Official at Michigan State University. He is also a Professor of Human Development and Family Studies and is currently serving as the Interim Director of the Julian Samora Research Institute. 

Villarruel has worked with communities, states, and federal agencies to address the involvement of Latino youth in juvenile justice systems programs. President Obama appointed Villarruel to the National Coordinating Council for Juvenile Justice in 2016. In addition, he has worked with national philanthropic organizations (Casey Foundation, MacAurther Foundation, Kellogg Foundation) on youth and juvenile justice issues.