Ron Mize – Director
Ronald L. Mize is an Associate Professor in the School of Language, Culture, and Society. He was formerly the Associate Director of the National Latino Research Center at CSU-San Marcos and has previously taught sociology, ethnic studies, and Latin@ Studies courses at Humboldt State University, Cornell University, University of Saint Francis, University of California San Diego, Southwestern Community College, and University of Wisconsin Rock County. He was trained in journalism at University of Colorado Boulder (B.S. - 1991) and pursued advanced degrees in Sociology at Colorado State University (M.A. - 1994) and Sociology and Rural Sociology at University of Wisconsin Madison (Ph.D. - 2000). He is the co-author of Latino Immigrants in the United States and Consuming Mexican Labor: From the Bracero Program to NAFTA in addition to 40 scholarly publications. Mize is fifth-generation Mexican-American on his mother's side and is originally from Denver, Colorado though his family traces their ancestry to northern New Mexico since at least 1820.
Daniel López-Cevallos – Associate Director for Research
Daniel López-Cevallos is Associate Director of Research with the Center for Latin@ Studies and Engagement, Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies, and Adjunct Assistant Professor of International Health. Before coming to OSU, he was Assistant Professor of Community Health at Western Oregon University. His research interests include Equity in Health & Health Care, Migration and Health, Governance in Health Systems, and Healthy Environments. Dr. López-Cevallos has worked in public health projects with rural, indigenous, and low-income communities in Ecuador, and with Latino immigrants in Oregon. In 2008, the Global Forum for Health Research and The Lancet selected him as a Young Voice in Research for Health. He is an Affiliate Investigator with the Hispanic Community Health Study/ Study of Latinos, and a member of the International Society for Equity in Health and the American Public Health Association. Dr. López-Cevallos earned his PhD in Public Health, with concentrations in International Health and Health Policy, at OSU, and his MPH and BS degrees from Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador. Personal website
A native woman from Mexico City, she has been a faculty member in the Department of World Languages and Cultures since 1996. She developed the Spanish for Heritage Language Learners Program at Oregon State University. Hundreds of Latin@ students have benefited from participating in this warm and welcoming space where they have strengthened their linguistic abilities while systematically exploring their cultural identity. Loren’s desire to better serve Latin@ students steered her into the field of immigration studies first, and into collaboration with various community organizations serving the Spanish-speaking population through the Willamette Valley. In an effort to encourage students of Spanish to use their language skills to discover
and serve the growing Spanish-speaking communities around them, she co-facilitated seven learning communities conducted in Spanish. This model steps away from familiar educational paradigms and is built around elements of critical pedagogy theory and current research on student engagement and success. Loren was central in developing a service-learning component for each learning community allowing learners to make important connections between theory, knowledge and experience. It also prepared them for culturally appropriate engagement with Spanish speakers at home and abroad. As the new Assistant Director of Engagement for CL@SE, Loren is looking forward to the opportunity to spend time with Latin@ communities across the State of Oregon. She wants to take the time to know them in order to serve them efficiently. She also wants to support all efforts to make a college education accessible to Latin@ youth. She wants to see more and more Latin@s entering a University, obtaining a solid education, and returning to their communities to give back and to open new doors.
Susana Rivera-Mills, Ph.D. – Director, Adelante Leadership Program
Susana V. Rivera-Mills is Associate Dean in the College of Liberal Arts, Interim Director for the Center for Latin@ Studies and Engagement, and Professor of Spanish Linguistics and Diversity Advancement at Oregon State University. She holds B.A and M.A degrees from University of Iowa and the Ph.D. from University of New Mexico. She has published several books and numerous articles on the topics of Spanish in the U.S., issues in sociolinguistics, second language acquisition, and Spanish for heritage speakers. She is a sought after speaker at national and international conferences where she shares her expertise in the topics of Spanish language teaching and learning, Spanish-speaking communities in contact with English, and issues surrounding Latino ethnic identity. Her passion for equity and inclusion, community and student engagement, and global leadership development drives her teaching, research, service and approach to leadership.
Magali Ayala, Student Office Assistant
Magali is a Junior 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.
Director – representing the academic/research aspect of the center. Leads the programming of the center through the implementation of its mission. Establishes and works with the advisory board, and supervises all other leadership staff, faculty, and students affiliated with the Center’s leadership structure. In addition, the Director prepares and submits annual reports, and guides the Center’s agenda.
Associate Director of Outreach and Engagement – representing community engagement, outreach, and student development. Works closely with projects related to outreach and student engagement; serves as coordinator of activities, programs, and a resource for current organizations campus-wide; and assists the Director in the coordination of special events and programs sponsored by CL@SE. Also oversees student mentoring and leadership programs.
Associate Director of Research and Scholarship – representing the research/scholarship community. Promotes grant development and training; guides and recruits research projects, faculty support, and resources. Works with Director and Research Office to maintain a productive research agenda, and align the Center’s projects with OSU’s Research agenda as appropriate.
Advisory Board – representing both the academic community and the Latino community. Advises CL@SE in relation to programming and community relations.
Affiliate Faculty – includes campus-wide and state-wide extension faculty representation, to participate in both academic and outreach programs.
Graduate Students, Student Workers and/or Interns – opportunities for students to be involved in CL@SE.