Jose Roberto Juarez Jr.
Dean, Sturm College of Law
University of Denver
Mr. Juarez, Sturm College of Law's first Hispanic dean, is also a professor of law at St. Mary's University School of Law. Previously, he was the regional counsel and employment program director at the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund in Los Angeles and was a staff attorney at its San Antonio office. Currently, Mr. Juarez chairs the board of directors of the Journal of Law and Religion and is on the board of the Society of American Law Teachers, where he was co-president from 2004 to 2006.
Rafael La Porta
Professor of Finance
Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth
After receiving his Ph.D. in economics from Harvard in 1994 and remaining on the Harvard faculty until 2003, Dr. La Porta joined Tuck as a professor of finance. His research focuses on law and finance, allowing him to become an expert on cross-country differences in laws and practice pertaining to investor protection and how those differences cause economies, stock markets, and firms' financing practices to vary.
Linda Martin Alcoff
Professor of Philosophy, Women's Studies and Political Science
With numerous books under her belt and another one in the works, the director of women's studies at Syracuse University has spread her knowledge beyond the university walls. She was recently named the "Distinguished Woman in Philosophy for 2005," from the Society for Women in Philosophy. Ms. Martin Alcoff, a former chair of the APA Committee on Hispanics/Latinos, has written dozens of articles on the politics of knowledge, gender and race identity, among others, and is currently at work on her sixth book, Visible Identities: Race, Gender and the Self.
Chairman, IOMS Department
New York University Stern School of Business
In the last decade Mr. Pinedo has been involved in the development of cutting-edge industrial systems. He led the design, development, and implementation of two crucial planning and scheduling systems for the International Paper Company and was involved in the development of systems at consumers-electronics giant Philips Electronics, Siemens, and Merck. Before heading to NYU, Mr. Pinedo had taught at the Instituto Venezolano de Investigaciones Cientificas in Caracas and at the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Ann Quiroz Gates
Professor and Chair, Computer Sciences Department
University of Texas at El Paso
Software guru Ms. Quiroz Gates went back to school after raising a family and working in the field, receiving a Ph.D. in computer science from New Mexico State University. The El Paso native spearheaded development of the Affinity Research Group model, a system designed to help retain underrepresented groups in research but has since proven to be applicable to any undergraduate who may lack the confidence to continue to graduate school. In 2003, she received the University of Texas Chancellor's Council Award for Outstanding Teaching.
Jorge Reina Schement
Distinguished Professor, College of Communications & the School of Information Sciences
Pennsylvania State University
Professor Schement's research focuses on the social and policy consequences of the production and consumption of information, and has resulted in books ranging from Global Networks to his 1979 Spanish-Language Radio in the Southwestern United States (he's from south Texas). That specialized interest has had broad impact -- he conducted the first study of the impact of minority ownership in broadcasting, and authored the initial telecommunications policy agenda for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. Professor Schement has served on the editorial boards of 12 academic journals and is editor-in-chief of the Encyclopedia of Communication and Information.
VP, General Counsel & Secretary to the Board of Trustees
University of Miami
Ms. Ugalde assumed her new role as the university's chief legal officer in September, moving from her post as vice-president for government affairs and chief of staff to President Donna E. Shalala. A graduate of the university's law school, she practiced commercial before returning to her alma mater. She and her husband Joe Garcia in 2001 were named Miami's Best Power Couple by Miami New Times, which asked if they might have a leading role in a post-Castro Cuba.
Clinical Professor in Psychiatry
New York University School of Medicine
Dr. Vazquez is an authority on Latin American mental health, particularly bicultural lifestyles. She has written two books, Parenting with Pride Latino Style and with Dr. Rosa Gil, The Maria Paradox. The Queens College graduate consults, supervises, and teaches at Bellevue Hospital, where she was the director of the Institute for Multicultural Behavioral Health, director of The New York University-Bellevue Clinical Psychology Internship training program and founded and directed the Bilingual Treatment Program Clinic.
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