Isabel Araiza

Dr. Isabel Araiza is an associate professor of sociology at Texas A&M Corpus Christi, where she teaches in the Mexican American and women and gender studies programs. She’s an expert on sociology and its intersections with education, social class and inequality. 

Araiza has also spoken up against the university’s plans for in-person classes this fall despite the coronavirus pandemic. Many schools have abandoned plans for in-person instruction this fall due to outbreaks — most notably, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill made the rest of the semester entirely online after 130 students tested positive in the first week of classes.

Araiza’s recent research has focused on access to clean water, the political preferences of Latinos, Hispanic serving institutions of higher education in Texas and the community impact of the integration of Corpus Christi Independent School District in the 1970s.

Born and raised in Corpus Christi, Araiza went on to earn her PhD in sociology from Boston College. As a public sociologist actively engaged in her community, Araiza is a founding member of For the Greater Good, a local advocacy organization that pushes for access to clean water and investment in public institutions and infrastructure.

She’s also co-authored several health needs assessments on the community needs and uses of hospitals in the Coastal Bend region of South Texas.

Location: Corpus Christi, TX

Expertise Field: Universities and the coronavirus, sociology, Mexican American studies, women and gender studies, social class, education, inequality 

Contact information:

Email: isabel.araiza@tamucc.edu

Phone (cell): 361-779-3927

Phone (office): 361-825-3936

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Last updated August 24, 2020

Suyapa Portillo Villeda

Suyapa Portillo Villeda is an assistant professor in Chicana/o Latina/o Transnational Studies at Pitzer College. Her work broadly focuses on social movements in Central America with a focus on Honduras. In particular, Portillo’s research centers on the intersections between labor, gender, and race in workers’ lives in the history of the banana export economy in Honduras and Central America.

Since the coup d’état in Honduras in 2009, Portillo has served as region expert in the media to attest to conditions in Honduras and the rest of Central America. Her expertise has been cited by CNN, NPR’s Take Two, and The Huffington Post.

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Assistant Professor in Chicana/o-Latina/o Transnational Studies, Pitzer College

Areas of Expertise: Chicana/o Latina/o Transnational Studies, Labor, Gender, Ethnicity, Race, Honduras, Central America, History of Immigration and Migration in Central America, LGBTQ Community in Honduras

Location: Los Angeles, CA | Honduras

Contact Information:
Email: Suyapa_portillo@pitzer.edu
Twitter: @SuyapaPV

As Heard On KPCC’s Take Two: “Young Migrants From Honduras Fleeing Drug and Gang Violence”

Melanie M. Domenech Rodríguez

#NPRSource Melanie M. Domenech Rodríguez is a professor of psychology at Utah State University. She focuses on parenting in Latino communities. Domenech Rodríguez is in the process of creating a parenting skills program for Spanish-Speaking parents of pre-schoolers in Oregon.  She is the president of the National Latina/o Psychology Association.

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Professor of Psychology at Utah State University 

Location: Logan, UT and Pocatello, ID

Contact Information: 

Email: melanie.domenech@usu.edu

Phone: 435-890-4613

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Maite Arce

Maite Arce (Mai-tay Ahr-say) is a leading voice in creating access and enhancing opportunities for Latino communities to connect with information, partners, and resources they need for a better life. She is the founder and President/CEO of Hispanic Access Foundation (HAF), a DC-based, national nonprofit, well-known for its vast network of community based partners that work together to create trustworthy support systems that promote community action.

Her interest in innovative community engagement practices that build sustainable connections that lead to protecting health, culture, natural resources and community spans her 21-year career in the nonprofit sector.

Maite Arce

Founder and President/CEO of Hispanic Access Foundation

Areas of Expertise: Latino culture, environment, and issues related to Latinos and financial literacy, health and education

Location: Washington, DC

Contact Information:

Phone: (202) 640-4342
Email: maite@hispanicaccess.org

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Van Tran

Van C. Tran teaches sociology at Columbia University. His primary research focuses on the incorporation of post-1965 immigrants and their children as well as its implications for the future of ethnic and racial inequality in the United States. His other scholarly interests include neighborhoods, urban inequality, and population health, with a focus on the Hispanic/Latino population and New York City neighborhoods.

Some of his recent work adopts a comparative approach to the study of migration in the United States, in Europe, and in China. He received his PhD in Sociology and Social Policy from Harvard in 2011 and completed his postdoctoral training as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania in 2013. At Columbia, he is the faculty organizer of the Race, Ethnicity and Migration Workshop and teaches courses on immigration, urban poverty, and research methods.

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Assistant Professor of Sociology at Columbia University

Areas of Expertise: Immigration, Race and Ethnicity, Urban Poverty, Neighborhoods and Cities, Social Inequality, Public Policy

Location: New York, NY

Contact Information:

Email: vantran@columbia.edu
Phone: (212) 854 4115

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Rosario Ceballo

Rosario (Rosie) Ceballo, Ph.D. is a clinical and developmental psychologist whose research investigates the effects of living in poverty on children’s development. In particular, she examines the impact of exposure to community violence on children’s academic and psychological functioning.

In another line of research, Dr. Ceballo studies the effects of infertility and racial stereotypes about women’s reproductive abilities on racial/ethnic minority women. Utilizing quantitative as well as qualitative methods, she has published extensively across clinical, developmental, and feminist psychology journals.

Currently, she is the Principal Investigator on an NSF (National Science Foundation) funded longitudinal study with Latino adolescents residing in high-risk, urban neighborhoods. Dr. Ceballo presently serves as a member of the American Psychological Association’s (APA) Committee on Socioeconomic Status, and she is the incoming chair of the Women’s Studies Department at the University of Michigan.

Rosario Ceballo

Professor of Psychology and Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan

Areas of Expertise: After-School Activities, Community Violence; Parenting; Poverty; Infertility; Latino Cultural Values

Location: Ann Arbor, MI

Contact Information:
Email: rosarioc@umich.edu
Phone: (734) 936-6049 or (734) 763-2047

Heard on NPR’s Source of the Week: Rosie Ceballo Discusses Role Of ‘Familismo’ As Protective Factor For Latino Adolescents

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Juliet Garcia

Juliet Garcia is the senior adviser to the Chancellor for community, national and global engagement at The University of Texas System. Previously she served as president of University of Texas at Brownsville, a position she held for 22 years. Garcia became the first Mexican-American woman to head a college or university when she was named president of Texas Southmost College in 1986.

Garcia was named one of the Top Ten College Presidents by Time Magazine, was inducted into the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame for Lifetime Achievement in Education, and had a middle school named after her.

Garcia created a partnership between Texas Southmost College and the University of Texas at Brownsville (UTB) that helps students in the Rio Grande Valley gain access to higher education by eliminating transfer barriers and providing open admissions.

You can see a full list of her awards and her extra-curricular commitments on her LinkedIn profile.

President of the University of Texas at Brownsville

Areas of Expertise: Higher Education, Educational Management, Hispanic and Latino Communities

Location: Brownsville, TX

Contact Info: 

Phone: (956) 882-7147
Email: julietv.garcia@utb.edu
Twitter: @JulietVGarcia

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