Félix José Alonso, Ph.D. is a 2022 graduate of the PHD Program in Leadership and Change at Antioch University.

Félix José Alonso at his Dissertation Defense.

From L-R: Dr. Noah Drezner, Committee Member, Dr. Laurien Alexandre, Committee Chair, Dr. Elizabeth Holloway, Committee Member.

Dissertation Committee

  • Laurien Alexandre, Ph.D., Committee Chair
  • Elizabeth Holloway, Ph.D., Committee Member
  • Noah Drezner, Ph.D., Committee Member


alumni, alumni giving, cocurricular student philanthropy education, civic engagement, culture of philanthropy, dance marathon, fund-raising, leadership, mixed methods, philanthropy, prosocial behavior, relational leadership, servant leadership, student engagement, student leadership development, student philanthropy, transformational leadership

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The purpose of this concurrent mixed-methods study is to explore the use of student engagement and cocurricular student philanthropy education as an approach to awareness raising and as a mechanism for creating a culture of philanthropy among college students. This dissertation is a synthesis of the review with a consensus that student engagement and cocurricular student philanthropy education create greater awareness, learning, and intentions around philanthropy and prosocial behavior, as well as increased instances of making charitable contributions and civic engagement. The study concludes that student engagement and cocurricular philanthropy education are effective mechanisms for creating a culture of giving. Therefore, emerging from this study is a call for college and universities to consider the use of cocurricular student philanthropy education as an approach to life-long engagement and giving. This dissertation is available in open access at AURA ( and OhioLINK ETD Center, (


Félix José Alonso

ORCID Scholar ID #: #0000-0002-0480-5979

Félix José oversees and directs all student philanthropy initiatives for The Ohio State University. He also advises BuckeyeThon, Ohio's largest student-run philanthropy, which coordinates Ohio State's Dance Marathon and has raised over $13M for hematology/oncology/bone marrow transplant department at Nationwide Children's Hospital. Félix José began his career at Ohio State in 2000 as Director of Student Programs for the Alumni Association and later served as Associate Director for the Student Life Multicultural Center. He holds a BA in Spanish from Ohio State, a MEd in higher education and student affairs administration from the University of Vermont, and a PhD in leadership and change from Antioch University.

As an experienced and successful higher education thought leader with more than 25
years of experience in workforce development, higher education, diversity, equity and inclusion, organizational development and change management, alumni and community relations, development, student philanthropy, organizational behavior, inclusive leadership and employee engagement, and strategic planning, Félix José provides a unique perspective of experiences as well as a diverse background. His expertise lies in relationship building as well as amplifying voices of those who feel they are not heard, successfully coaching and developing students and employees, and creating and implementing strategic operational processes.

Félix José's research interest focus on responsible inclusive leadership practice, diversity and inclusion, culture changes and leading through uncertainty, real time change and strategic planning, workforce development and toxic behavior in the work place, student philanthropy, servant leadership, and prosocial behavior.