Steering Committee

Rosa Chavez, JD

Associate Director
Center for Multicultural Academic Excellence

Rosa  Chavez is the Associate Director in the Center for Multicultural Academic Excellence. In addition to advising, Rosa’s responsibilities include coordination of programs and services, as well as building partnerships and relationships with faculty, staff and other stakeholders in and outside of campus. Rosa is a “Double Duck.” She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies and Spanish, with a minor in Environmental Studies (1996), and a JD from the UO School of Law (2003).

Ellen McWhirter, PhD


Ann Swindells Professor in Counseling Psychology

Ellen Hawley McWhirter is the Ann Swindells Professor in Counseling Psychology. She directs the Counseling Psychology Ph.D. program and the Spanish Language Specialization.  Her current research and scholarship are focused on Latina/o adolescents and factors that influence their postsecondary plans and school engagement.

Dulce Castro, MS

Dulce Castro, Academic Advisor
Office of Academic Advising


Julie Weise, PhD


Julie Weise, PhD

Associate Professor of History at UO.
She is the author of Corazón de Dixie: Mexicanos in the U.S. South since 1990. Her courses at UO include the bilingual Latinos en las  Américas ( HIST 248) as well as Global Migrations ( HIST 515) and Race and Ethnicity in the U.S. West (HIST 449). She was a trainer in the AB540 Ally Program at Cal State Long Beach, where she taught from 2009-13.

Audrey Lucero, PhD


Audrey Lucero, PhD
Assistant Professor, Language and Literacy Education

Audrey Lucero is an assistant professor at UO whose work broadly investigates the experiences of Spanish-speaking Latin@s with the U.S. public school system. Three specific strands of inquiry guide her current research agenda: 1) oral language and reading achievement among young Spanish-English emergent bilingual children; 2) dual language immersion education programs as venues for biliteracy development and community empowerment; and 3) the experiences of Latin@ undergraduate students at predominantly White state universities.



Daniel Tichenor, PhD

Daniel J. Tichenor, PhD
Philip H. Knight Chair of Political Science
Senior Scholar of the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics

He has published extensively on immigration politics and policy, including Dividing Lines: The Politics of Immigration Control (Princeton), which won the American Political Science Association’s Kammerer Award for the best book on U.S. public policy, The Politics of International Migration (Oxford), and dozens of academic journal articles. He was named to the inaugural class of Andrew Carnegie Fellows in 2015, and recently received an NEH award to study variations in immigrant inclusion and exclusion in U.S. states and localities over time. Tichenor has testified and provided expert briefings to Congress on immigration reform and immigrant integration, speaks regularly to civic groups and policymakers, and has written essays for popular journals like The Nation, The New York Times, The Utne Reader and The Atlantic. He also serves on the Board of Eugene’s Grupo Latino de Accion Directa (encouraging Latino political representation and leadership).

Heather Quarles, MA


Heather Quarles, MA
Senior Instructor of Spanish
Department of Romance Languages

Heather Quarles is a Senior Instructor of Spanish in the Department of Romance Languages where she teaches in the Spanish Heritage Language Program (SHL). At the UO, she teaches the intermediate sequence for Spanish heritage language learners, Spanish 218: Herencia Latina I and Span 228: Herencia Latina II as well as Span 308: Comunidades bilingües, along with other courses. Among her critical consciousness initiatives is the University of Oregon Celebration of National Spanglish Day started in 2016 with a group of her colleagues in Romance Languages.


Lorena Landeros, MA
Academic Adviser, Lundquist College of Business

Lorena Landeros is an Academic Adviser for the Office of Undergraduate Programs in the Lundquist College of Business. As an adviser she supports students goals as Business and Accounting majors. In addition, Lorena is the Program Coordinator for the Business Academic Residential Community, supporting students in the residence halls achieve their goals. Lorena serves on various committees on campus focusing on supporting underrepresented students across the UO including the Latinx Strategies group and the Dreamers Working Group. Lorena holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the UO in Ethnic Studies (with Honors) and Spanish as well as a Master of Arts degree from Portland State University in Educational Leadership and Policy.

Gabriela Martinez, PhD
Professor in Media Studies
School of Journalism & Communication

Lynn Stephen, PhD
Professor of Anthropology
Participating Faculty in Ethnic Studies, Latin American Studies & Women’s and Gender

Kristin Yarris , PhD
Assistant Professor, International Studies




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