Leadership Team:

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.



Kathryn McIntosh Ciechanowski- Associate Director of Research

Kathryn Ciechanowski is associate professor of ESOL/bilingual and literacy education at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon. She was the 2007 recipient of the First Place Outstanding Dissertation Award from the National Association for Bilingual Education. Her work has appeared in journals such as Bilingual Research Journal, Afterschool Matters, Journal of Literacy Research, Reading Teacher, Oregon TESOL, Northwest Passage, Mentoring and Tutoring Journal, and Reading Research Quarterly. Her current research focuses on social justice, content area language and literacy for bilingual learners, children’s and family’s cultural resources for learning, and teacher education at the intersections of STEM and cultural/linguistic diversity.

Kathryn grew up in northern California in the south San Francisco Bay Area. Being the daughter of a Peruvian mother, she learned Spanish in a bilingual/bicultural household, although she experienced the injustices of anti-bilingual sentiments of the era. This led to an interest in bilingualism and Spanish, resulting in a degree from UC Davis with majors in Spanish and Human Development, a year abroad living in Spain, and a teaching career in bilingual elementary classrooms in the south Bay Area.

A master’s in language and literacy from Harvard in 1997 was followed by three years teaching in an elementary bilingual program during an era charged with politics around bilingual education. In 2006, Kathryn earned her doctorate in language, literacy, and culture from the University of Michigan.

The faculty position at OSU interested her because it blends content area literacy, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), and bilingual programs. This position in the College of Education’s unit of Teacher Education allows Kathryn to make a difference with current and future teachers and the children they serve.  In 2008, a grant from the Oregon Department of Education supported research with in-service bilingual and ESOL teachers to explore innovative ways to integrate English Language Development, science and social studies content, and social justice in third grade in a dual language bilingual program.

Since 2011, Kathryn’s research project Families Involved in Education: Sociocultural Teaching and STEM (FIESTAS) is a collaboration between OSU’s College of Education, 4H Youth Development, Boys and Girls Club, and the Science and Math Investigative Learning Experiences (SMILE) program. Research explores how this guided participation with youth and families in after-school contexts transforms and disrupts preservice teachers’ traditional notions about teaching and learning. This work has been funded by the Center for Latino/a Studies and Engagement, Precollege Programs, and L.L. Stewart Professional Development grants at Oregon State University, among others. 

Octaviano Cuevas Merecias, Associate Director of Outreach, Portland Metro Area

As the coordinator of the 4-H Tech Wizards program in Washington County, Merecias-Cuevas has eagerly taken on the issue of high dropout rates and low achievement of underrepresented students in secondary education. Thanks in part to his holistic leadership, about 90 percent of the Tech Wizards in grades 9-11 are on track to advance to the next level, and about 95 percent of Tech Wizards in 12th grade are on track to graduate.


Ana Gomez - Associate Director of Outreach, Eastern Oregon
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! 
Jazmyn Dumpit - Office Specialist
Jazmyn Dumpit is a native to Western Oregon. Living in Albany, Oregon as a child and growing up on the Oregon State University campus, it was only natural that she would desire a career opportunity at OSU.  Soon after college, she easily transitioned into a job as the Administrative Assistant for the Center for Latin@ Studies and Engagement. With this amazing opportunity comes the responsibility of making things happen. Jazmyn is called upon to help CL@SE run a bit smoother for conferences, meetings, events, and budgetary tracking. She will be the voice on the phone when calling the main office and the email queen of CL@SE.

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. 


Nancy Lopez Student Office Assistant

Nancy is a Senior at Oregon State University, double majoring in Public Health and Human Development and Family Science. She was born and raised in Hood River, Oregon where she was an active volunteer around her community, promoting awareness. She was a former CAMP student her freshman year at OSU, where she was given skills and resources to be a successful first generation college student. She enjoys spending her time volunteering for organizations such as, Global Brigades Public Health. This organization is dedicated to help countries who are at risk of illness/disease, that are preventable through awareness and accessibility to resources. After graduating from Oregon State, Nancy will be applying to the Peace Corps to continue her passion of serving countries who are high at risk of preventable illnesses/diseases.


Karla Oseguera- Student Office Assistant 

Karla is a Senior at Oregon State University, majoring in Business Finance. She’s from the small town of Tangent, Oregon, but attended school in Albany where she graduated as valedictorian of her class and was active in community service as a member of the National Honor Society. She now hopes to be equally involved and successful at Oregon State, and in the future plans on starting a career in financial management.


Marco Lujan - Student Office Assistant

Marco is a Senior at Oregon State University, majoring in Chemistry with Chemical engineering. He is from Murray, Utah, and moved to Corvallis to attend Oregon State University after getting his associate’s degree from Portland Community College. After graduating in 2015 Marco plans to go to graduate school for physical chemistry, so that he may work in the field of energy research.