Lucy Arellano, is an assistant professor of Adult and Higher Education Leadership at the College of Education, OSU. She conducts research on persistence, retention, and degree completion for emerging majority students. Concepts of diversity, campus climates, campus engagement, and student co-curricular involvement ground her work. Furthermore, she examines campus environments and how institutional agency influences student success. Her current and future work also investigates student mobility across multiple colleges/universities and varying institutional types.
Jaime Arredondo, a thirty-one old native of Michoacan, Mexico who came to Salem at the age of eight, is not a new face in Piñeros y Campesinos Unidos Noroestes (PCUN). His parents and relatives have been members of the union since 1991 and he has served in PCUN’s board since 2009. Jaime brings nearly a decade of experience in community organizing, program development and management, financial management, and fund development. He acquired much of this experience and skill through his staff roles with the Farmworker Housing Development Corporation (2005 to 2012) and the CAPACES Leadership Institute (July, 2012 to October). He is Secretary-Treasurer of PCUN.
Fina Carpena-Méndez, is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the School of Language, Culture and Society, OSU. Her research focuses on the ethnography of migration as a global social process, examining the effects on the everyday in both new sending areas in Latin America and in new receiving contexts in the US and Europe, through the lens of the condition of children’s lives. She has worked on the experiences of transnational circulation and hyper-mobility, adaptation to different schooling systems, and forms of relatedness and difference as lived by Latin American migrant children in Ireland during the Celtic Tiger model of development. She is currently examining the restructuring of rural livelihoods in Puebla, Mexico, that has promoted the independent migration of indigenous children and youth to the US.
Kyle Cole, focuses on creating equitable education opportunities for Oregon’s underserved and underrepresented students. As the Director of OSU's SMILE and Precollege Programs, he oversees a wide variety of youth college access programs, such as Mobile STEM Camps and Beaver Hangouts, which serves hundreds of rural, and minority students each year. He also teaches in the U-engage and STEM Leaders programs, which are designed to increase the retention and success of underrepresented college students. As the faculty advisor for the Adelante en Acción student group, he works with CL@SE to support their mission of college outreach to Latino youth. His future work will focus on scaling-up successful college access programs to address Oregon’s “40-40-20” education goals.
Allison Davis-White Eyes, holds a B.A., M.A. from U.C.L.A and a Ph.D. from Oregon State University and currently serves as the Director of Diversity & Cultural Engagement. In addition, she serves as affiliate faculty in the School of Public Policy and as adjunct faculty in the School of Language Culture and Society with a research emphasis in post-colonial cosmopolitanism and mobilities of culture and identity. Dr. Davis-White Eyes has held positions in higher education for over 20 years and has created research partnerships and collaborations between Oregon State University, Tribal communities and international universities--designed to enhance the student experience, and to provide opportunities for experiential learning that critically explore narratives of difference and representation.
Natalia Fernández, is the curator and archivist of the Oregon Multicultural Archives (OMA) at OSU's Special Collections and Archives Research Center. The mission of the OMA is to assist in preserving the histories and sharing the stories that document Oregon's African American, Asian American, Latino/a, and Native American communities. As a member of CL@SE's Advisory Board, Natalia is interested in strengthening and building relationships between Oregon’s Latino/a community and the OMA in order to create a more inclusive historical record that showcases how Latino/as have contributed to the identity of the state of Oregon.
Robert Melchior Figueroa, is the CL@SE Engaged Scholar in Residence this year and he is an Associate Professor of Philosophy in the School of History, Philosophy, and Religion. Robert focuses his scholarship and public life on environmental justice, philosophy of heritage and identity, Critical Justice Theory, Critical Latin@ and Race Theory, Critical Theory across disciplines and issues. He has published work on the contributions of Latin@-Americans to the Environmental Justice Movement and in a variety of international contexts. Robert brings social justice, identity, and heritage into dialogue with innovative frames of justice, and he will be engaging with Latin@ organizations in the region to learn and share the strength of justice at the grassroots level of organization and community practice.
Ana Lucia Fonseca, is the 4-H and Nutrition Education Latino Outreach Coordinator with OSU¹s Division of Outreach and Engagement. With those two programs, on one hand, Ana Lu aspires to expose underrepresented Latino youth to science, technology, engineering and math through the 4-H STEM after school program. STEM acts as a ³hook² for youth to get involved in other 4-H programs that enhance their knowledge and engagement in educational activities.On the other hand Ana Lu, and the nutrition education team, works to promote healthy eating and physical activity in the hispanic population providing in school classes and outreach activities in Spanish that engage latinos in healthy behaviors.
Erlinda Gonzales-Berry, was born and raised in northeastern New Mexico. She received undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of New Mexico and was a professor in the department of Spanish and Portuguese at UNM from 1979 until 1997. In 2007 she retired from Oregon State University where she was a member of the Department of Ethnic Studies. From 2007 until 2013 she was executive director of Casa Latinos Unidos, a non-profit center she founded in 2008. She has published extensively on Latino and Nuevomexicano culture and literatures. Her creative work includes a novella, Paletitas de Guayaba, published by El Norte Publications in 1990. She currently lives in Corvallis, OR, with her husband Edward Berry, but she maintains strong connection to her nuevomexicano homeland.
Laura K. Lee Dellinger, is President of Metropolitan Group, a national social change agency headquartered in Portland, Oregon. A graduate of Oregon State University, Laura has lead MG's Strategic Communication and Organizational Development practice areas for nearly 20 years, and is actively involved in a wide variety of projects focused specifically on engaging Latino and other multicultural communities to effect positive social change Laura was an early advocate for CL@SE and helped to develop communication strategies for the program. She is interested in exploring ways to collaborate with others on projects that engage Latino communities in effecting social, environmental and health policy and behavior change.
Christina León, has research and teaching interests in hemispheric American literature with a focus on Latina/o, Caribbean, and diasporic writing, in addition to critical engagements with feminist theory, queer theory, and performance studies. Her current book project, provisionally titled Opaque Desires: Queer Latina/o Aesthetic Strategies, argues that opacity is galvanizing as both an ethical reading practice and an artistic praxis for contemporary cultural productions of latinidad. She has published (and forthcoming) work appearing in Sargasso: a Journal of Caribbean Language, Literature & Culture and Women and Performance: a Journal of Feminist Theory, as well as translations in the forthcoming Havana Reader (Duke University Press). She holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from Emory University, as well as a BA and MA in English from the University of Florida. At OSU, she is affiliated faculty with CL@SE and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.
Rocio Muñoz, works at Benton County Health Services (BCHS) as a Community Health Worker/Promotora de Salud, focusing on Latino advocacy and community engagement initiatives. Rocio is a founding co-chair of the Oregon Community Health Worker Association, served on the regional Coordinated Community Care (CCO) Advisory Committee, and is currently serving as a board member for Willamette Neighborhood Housing Services. As a member of CL@SE's Advisory Board, Rocio is interested in building a strong relationship between CL@SE and Linn-Benton’s emerging community Latino leaders to continue impacting health policy and advocacy activities.
Jose-Antonio Orosco, works primarily in the area of social and political philosophy, focusing on the study of deliberative and participatory democracy, nonviolent social movements, and multiculturalism. He also teaches and writes about Latin American thought, centering on the themes of cultural identity, citizenship, immigration, and race. His first book, Cesar Chavez and the Common Sense of Nonviolence, considers the Mexican American farm labor leader as a theorist of nonviolent social change, on par with Martin Luther King, Jr and Gandhi. His interests make him a perfect partner for CL@SE as he helps us develop student opportunities and a research agenda for the future.
Nana Osei-Kofi, is Director of the Difference, Power, & Discrimination (DPD) Program, and Associate Professor of Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies. Prior to her appointment at OSU, Osei-Kofi was Associate Professor and Director of the Social Justice Studies Certificate Program in the School of Education at Iowa State University. Her scholarship focuses on critical and feminist social theories and pedagogies, the politics of American higher education, and visual cultural studies/arts-based inquiry. As a member of CL@SE's Advisory Board, Nana is interested in building a strong relationship between CL@SE and the DPD Program.
Dana Sanchez, is an Associate Professor and Extension Wildlife Specialist at the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife of OSU. Her research/career interests include wildlife ecology and STEM professions with a particular focus on Natural Resources, social justice issues, addressing community climate (campus and within-professions) via affective-model cultural competency workshopping.
Adam Schwartz, is an assistant professor of Spanish and Linguistics and teaches across disciplines within the School of Language, Culture & Society. His research specializes in Spanish language education in the U.S. and U.S.-Mexico borderlands, and constructions of culture, borders, foreignness, race and privilege both in and outside classrooms. Adam is a Spanish teacher at heart, and for over ten years has worked with students (middle, high school and university) to promote and practice language education that is community-minded and inspired by local Latin@ voices, histories and bilingualisms.
Jeff Sherman, is the Program Leader for OSU’s Open Campus (OOC) and Juntos Programs. These programs are located in underserved communities around the state, and led by Education Coordinators. OOC and Juntos are working with learners to increase career/college readiness and degree completion, while also assisting in professional and economic development. The primary goals of OOC and Juntos are to increase access and partnerships between the University and communities. CL@SE and Juntos have partnered to develop relationships and access with the Oregon Latino population.
Chinweike Eseonu, (Chin-we-kay) is an assistant professor in the School of Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at Oregon State University. He conducts research on how to improve resilience in socio-technical processes. Specifically, his goal is to translate engineering knowledge to visible social benefit and to establish processes that continue these translations. As an example, Dr. Eseonu recently worked with Loren Chavaria Bechtel of CL@SE, and Jeff Sherman of Open Campus to apply engineering new product development techniques into a food processing technology for a group of Latina ladies from Monroe Oregon. We are working on converting this new technology into a full-fledged business. Beyond community resilience, Dr. Eseonu researches process resilience in healthcare, manufacturing, and engineering education.