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Chicano Education Director Announced!

Vickie Shields, Dean of College of Social & Behavioral Sciences and Social Work is pleased to announce that Dr. Elisa Facio, PhD, will be joining Eastern as The Director of the Chicano Education Program and Professor of Chicano Studies, effective Aug. 11. Facio will also direct the $2.1 million College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) grant over the next five years and she will serve as the Executive Director of the Race and Culture Studies major.

Facio is a tenured Professor at University of Colorado, Boulder in Ethnic Studies.  She holds a BS from Santa Clara University in Sociology, and a MA and Ph.D. 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 Dean 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 out-reach to the Chicano/a and Latino/a communities in the region."

Dr. 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 the Director for 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.

Dr. 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 Dr. Facio 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.


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