Leadership Team:


Kathryn McIntosh Ciechanowski- Associate Director

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. 

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.