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New Chicano Education Director

Published: July 14, 2014

CHENEY, Wash. -Vickie Shields, dean of College of Social & Behavioral Sciences and Social Work is pleased to announce that Elisa Facio, PhD, will join Eastern Washington University as the director of the Chicano Education Program and professor of Chicano studies, effective Aug. 11. Facio will direct the $2.1 million College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) grant during the next five years and will serve as the executive director of the race and culture studies major.

Facio is a tenured professor of ethnic studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She holds a BS from Santa Clara University in sociology, and a MA and PhD in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley. Her areas of interest include Cuban studies, Chicana feminist theory, Chicana-Indigena spiritualities, and aging and health care policy.

"Dr. Facio is a seasoned professional who is intimately connected to Chicano/a and Latino/a students, culture and community," said Shields. "Her tremendous academic and leadership experience will advance diversity and inclusivity by maintaining and expanding Chicano education course offerings, collaborating with other racial diversity programs to provide the race and culture studies major and provide positive outreach to the Chicano/a and Latino/a communities in the region."

Facio has served as the faculty associate for the Ethnic Living and Learning Community, an advisory board member for the Women's Resource Center and has served on the Chancellor's Advisory Committee for Minority Affairs. Additionally, she has served as director of the Center for the Studies of Ethnicity and Race in America and as a member of the executive committee for the Department of Ethnic Studies at University Colorado, Boulder.

Facio is a respected expert in the field of ethnic studies and has delivered addresses at many local, state and regional events. She also maintains membership in the NACCS (National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies), the National Hispanic Council on Aging, the American Sociological Association, and the Gerontology Society of America.

In 2007, she received the Boulder Faculty Assembly Excellence in Service Award, and in 2003 the Latino/a Research & Policy Center Dia de la Mujer Latina Award for Excellence and Community Service. 

Elisa Facio, PhD

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