News Column

Academic Influentials

Oct. 18, 2011

Alfredo J. Artiles
Professor of culture, society and education
Arizona State University
Mr. Artiles, who co-directs the Equity Alliance center at ASU and is an affiliated faculty member in the School of Transborder Studies, examines the educational consequences of inequities related to disability, race and language. He has been an adviser to the Civil Rights Projects at Harvard University and UCLA, the National Academy of Education, the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Foundation. In 2011, he was appointed to the President's Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics.

Luis Ricardo Fraga
Associate vice provost for faculty advancement and professor of political science
The University of Washington (UW)
Mr. Fraga, director of the Diversity Research Institute at UW, received his bachelor's degree from Harvard University and his master's and Ph.D. degrees from Rice University. His books include the forthcoming "Latinos in the New Millennium: An Almanac of Opinion, Behavior, and Policy Preferences." He serves on the President's Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics and is president of the board of OneAmerica, an immigrant and human rights organization.

Patricia Gandara
Professor of education and co-director of the civil rights project/proyecto derechos civiles
Ms. Gandara holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from UCLA and has been a professor in the University of California system since 1990. She has written extensively on educational equity for minority students and the education of Hispanic students. Her recognitions include an Outstanding Researcher in Higher Education award from the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education and a presidential citation from the American Educational Research Association.

Laura E. Gomez
Professor of law
The UCLA School of Law
Ms. Gomez teaches courses on Hispanics and the law, race and the law, civil procedure, and criminal law at UCLA, where she co-founded and was the first co-director of UCLA's Critical Race Studies Program. Prior to teaching, Ms. Gomez was an aide to Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., and a clerk to Judge Dorothy Nelson on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. She took her Ph.D. and J.D. degrees at Stanford University. She recently completed a two-year term as the first person of color to head the Law and Society Organization.

Carmen Heredia- Lopez
Director of investments
Chicago Public School Teachers' Pension and Retirement Fund
Ms. Heredia-Lopez was named director of investments at the $8.9 billion Chicago Public School Teachers' Pension and Retirement Fund in July 2010. She oversees administration of the investment department and the fund's three internal portfolio managers. Previously she was an investment analyst, overseeing the minority-, woman- and disabled-owned business investment manager and brokerage programs at the Oak Brook, Ill., office of the $22 billion Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund.

Darline Robles
Professor of clinical education at the Rossier School of Education
University of Southern California
Ms. Robles' primary responsibility is the development of a new, national hybrid master's degree program in school leadership at USC, where she received her Ph.D. in education policy and administration in 1994. As the first Hispanic woman to serve as Los Angeles County superintendent of schools, she focused on at-risk and special-needs students and directed services to cash-strapped districts, particularly those with low-performing schools. She was previously named to the 100 Most Influentials list in 2009.

Carlos E. Santiago
Hispanic College Fund
Mr. Santiago, a native of Puerto Rico, previously was the chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he was a professor of economics and oversaw the university's half-billion-dollar budget. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from Cornell University. Mr. Santiago is the author or co-author of five books and has published dozens of articles and book reviews, of which many focus on economic development and the changing socioeconomic status of Hispanics in the United States.

Zuleyma Tang-Martinez
Professor of biology
University of Missouri- St. Louis
Ms. Tang-Martinez, born in Venezuela, received her Ph.D. in zoology from the University of California at Berkeley in 1974. She was the first Latin American president of the international Animal Behavior Society (ABS), and in 2008 was honored as the first woman and first Hispanic woman to receive tenure and be promoted to full professor in her department at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She co-founded and chairs the ABS Diversity Committee. She has taught university courses in Mexico and Venezuela, and maintains research partnerships with Venezuela colleagues.

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