Leadership Team:



Daniel López-Cevallos, PhD, MPH- Associate Director of Research

Daniel López-Cevallos is Associate Director of Research with the Center for Latina/o Studies and Engagement, Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies, and Adjunct Professor of International Health. During the 2014-2015 academic year, he was Visiting Professor at Universidad San Francisco de Quito’s School of Public Health in Quito, Ecuador.

His research focuses on health inequalities (disparities), access to health care, social participation in health & health care, migration and health, and healthy environments, primarily among Latino and Latin American migrant populations.

Over the past 11 years, Dr. López-Cevallos has worked in health equity projects with rural, indigenous, and low-income communities in Oregon and Ecuador. He is an Affiliate Investigator with the Hispanic Community Health Study/ Study of Latinos, and a member of the American Public Health Association, the Oregon Public Health Association, and the American Psychological Association, Division 38: Health Psychology. Dr. López-Cevallos earned his PhD in Public Health at OSU, and his MPH and BS degrees from Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador. Personal website

Ana Gomez - Associate Director of Engagement
Television arrived in Colombia, the birth place of Ana Gomez, during the 1950s. It revolutionized the small towns and large cities. It  managed to convince everyone to watch it, even those who preferred books. Many thought it was a wonderful invention, but it also served as a hyper-efficient transmitter of stereotypical beliefs and attitudes. The business of television found a successful formulashowing scenes of rich and poor countries and making peoplebelievethat the world looked like on the screen.  In 1996 Ana went to Europe on a trip and while meeting people she realized that the world considered Latin America as a jungle full of danger and poverty. After returning to Colombia she became particularly critical of the ignorance and stereotyping she had discovered on her trip. Over the years she found herself valuing others in the same way, rapid and superficially. In a world where the only constant is the beauty of diversity this ignorance is unforgivable. Fortunately, there is a remedy to combat prejudice: books, travel, the exchange of ideas and friends. “We are all the same and we are all different. What great friends we will be.” ― Kelly Moran, The Tiny Caterpillar and the Great Big Tre. "10 years ago I met my husband. Having a multicultural relationship is always full of surprises. Because of him I came to live in this country. Oregon became my home and I love it!”A mixture of wanting to know other cultures of the world, to enjoy magical places like Latin America, to live the experience of being an immigrant, to work in education helping children and their families to dream big, to live in rural Oregon, to have colleagues who value diversity all combine to make this a special time for Ana to join CL@SE! She is very fortunate to have this opportunity! 
Maydra Valencia, Associate Director of Outreach, Oregon CoastMaydra Valencia was raised in Tillamook County since 1997, where she graduated from Tillamook High School in 2009. She then chose a path in higher education where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish with a Minor in Studio Art.  Maydra was the first in her family to receive a Bachelor’s degree; she takes pride in being the first of her family but not the last.  She began her career with Oregon State University in March of 2015 with the Juntos program. She is currently now the Juntos Coordinator for coastal communities. Maydra is currently working on her Master’s Degree from Oregon State University in Adult Education. She has always wanted to be a teacher and has found that she loves the Open Campus program as a method for connecting with youth. The most important part of her career is founded on her own life struggle of being the first generation to attend college with no understanding of how to access higher education. Her mother and father were incredibly supportive, but unfortunately completely unaware of the process. Maydra did everything she could to reach her goal of attending a university, and it was not easy. That is why Maydra is so passionate about her Juntos program, because she is helping not only the students understand, but she is also helping the parents 

Magali Ayala Student Office Assistant

Magali is a Senior at Oregon State University, majoring in Human Services within the College of Human Development & Family Science. She comes from the small town of Nyssa, OR, where she graduated from high school and participated in the SMILE program. During her freshman year at OSU she enjoyed her time in the CAMP program. After graduating in 2015 she hopes to persue her dream of becoming a Social Worker, where she'll get to work with children and help people.