Laura Romo, an Associate Professor in the Department of Education at the Gevirtz School, has been appointed the director of UC Santa Barbara’s Chicano Studies Institute (CSI). Dr. Romo served as Director of the UC Linguistics Minority Research Institute for two years and as the Associate Director for the Chicano Studies Institute for the past year.
The Chicano Studies Institute, established in 1969 as the Center for Chicano Studies, is an Organized Research Unit that facilitates interdisciplinary research regarding the Chicano/Latino experience in California and the United States. The Institute’s research activities serve the intellectual interests of Chicana/o Studies students, researchers and faculty from all departments and units on the UCSB campus. Together with the Chicana and Chicano Studies Department, the Institute supports research that promotes the growing national and international stature of the field and assists in the recruitment and retention of Chicano/Latino faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates at UC Santa Barbara.
Dr. Romo, who received her Ph.D. in Psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles, has been a member of the UCSB faculty since 2003. She is a leading researcher in the areas of adolescent development, parent-adolescent communication, and informal health education. She received a major award from the William T. Grant Foundation to support her research on how to enhance Latina mother-daughter communication about topics such as the prevention of pregnancy.
[Laura Romo is available for interviews; contact George Yatchisin at 805 893 5789]
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