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Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
RO

Office Number:
104

Campus Box Number:
41

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Bio:

I am Professor and Chair of the Chicana/o Studies Department. My role as an instructor at Metropolitan State University of Denver began in the Sociology Department in 1984 as affiliate faculty. I transferred into the Chicana/o Studies in 1995.

As past Chair of the Masters Program in Nonprofit Program at Regis University (1999-2005), I directed educational services and program development for the department and taught classes in the history of the nonprofit sector, leadership, ethics, managing diversity in organizations and the capstone project. I traveled to Mexico for 5 years, developing collaborative bi-national curricula between the nonprofit and civil society sectors through the “Making Connections in Mexico Program,” in collaboration with ITESO Jesuit University, located in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico.



Position Role:
Full-Time Staff

Office Location:
RO

Office Number:
101

Campus Box Number:
41

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Bio:

Sonia assists the department Chairs, Faculty and Students in the Chicana/o Studies Department with the main focus of the retention and success of students completing their education.  As a committed advocate for diversity, social justice, access and inclusion in higher education, Sonia is passionate about creating safe spaces and taking a holistic approach to student development.



Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
RO

Office Number:
205

Campus Box Number:
41

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Bio:

Dr. Lechuga received her PhD in Sociology from the University of New Mexico, an MS in Sociology from the University of Denver and a BA in English and Ethnic Studies (Chicana/o Studies and Black Studies) from the University of Colorado, Boulder.



Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
RO

Office Number:
208

Office Hours:

Tuesday - [03:30 to 05:00]
Wednesday - [11:00 to 01:00]
Thursday - [03:30 to 05:00]

Campus Box Number:
41

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Bio:

I am a daughter of Denver's dust. My ancestors have migrated up and down the path from El Paso, Texas to Denver, Colorado for generations. I was born in El Paso, Texas with maternal roots in Las Cruces, New Mexico and paternal roots throughout 'Greater Mexico'. My parents moved to Denver when I was a baby for educational opportunities for my dad. I went to Denver Public Schools my whole life, from pre-school to South High. And I spent summers and holidays with extended family in New Mexico.

After years away from Denver after high school, I came back in 2003 with my two kids and partner. I earned my PhD in the doctoral program in Religious and Theological Studies at the Iliff School of Theology and University of Denver in 2009, and serve on the faculty in the department of Chicana and Chicano Studies.



Position Role:
Affiliate Faculty

Office Location:
RO

Office Number:
101

Campus Box Number:
41

Directory Profile


Position Role:
Affiliate Faculty

Office Location:
RO

Office Number:
101

Campus Box Number:
41

Directory Profile


Position Role:
Affiliate Faculty

Office Location:
RO

Office Number:
101

Campus Box Number:
41

Directory Profile


Position Role:
Affiliate Faculty

Office Location:
RO

Office Number:
101

Campus Box Number:
41

Directory Profile

Bio:

I am passionate about teaching, and have have taught Native American Studies, Social Work, and now Chicana/o Studies at MSU. I grew up across the street from this campus where Ocean Journey now stands. Our family, including aunts, uncles, lived across the street from the Platte River on a street named "Water".

Co-creating strong and positive academic experiences for students are important to me. Our MSU student's are tomorrows leaders!

I am very proud to be a part-time Social Worker at Annunciation Catholic School in Five Points in Denver, CO, an institution that has been there for over 120 years. I am the Chair of our 2015 Mother Xavier Peace Day event at Annunciation where this year our theme is "Circles of Peace", and we will welcome as speakers; Mother Superior from Denver's Mother Theresa Order and Carlos Stevenson, a Chicano Civil Rights Peace Activist.

My academic history began on this campus at the Community College of Denver in 1992 where I transferred 6 credits from CCD to MSU and I completed a degree in Human Services in 1996.

From 1996 to 2002, I completed a joint-Master’s Degree with the University of Denver, Graduate School of Social Work, and the Iliff School of Theology (Concentration and Justice and Peace Studies).

I was honored to receive a Richard T. Castro Fellowship from the University of Denver.



Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
RO

Office Number:
100

Office Hours:

Monday - [11:30 to 14:00]
Wednesday - [11:30 to 14:00]

Campus Box Number:
41

Directory Profile

Bio:

I hold a B.A. in Spanish from the University of Illinois at Chicago (an urban commuter institution much like MSU Denver), and an M.A. and a Ph.D. from Northwestern University, also in Spanish. I am an Associate Professor of Chicana and Chicano Studies and I hold a courtesy appointment as an Associate Professor of Women’s Studies. I also have partial reassigned time from teaching to work with two of the University's outreach programs; I am Director of the MSU Denver Family Literacy Program and Co-Principal Investigator of the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP).

In terms of my working background, in addition to teaching at the college level, I have over thirty years' experience in community-based, non-traditional education. My responsibilities have included teaching (of course), program administration, curriculum development, grant writing, community outreach and public relations. I have also had the opportunity to present at workshops and conferences on the role of Chicana/o Studies in higher education, and on issues confronting adult learners, migrant farmworkers and other non-traditional students, as well as on the feminization of poverty.

I suppose everyone has his or her own ideas about what will save the world. Personally, I believe that education will, and that literacy is the key to educational success. As you can see from my photo (by the way, I don’t usually pose for pictures like this; the photo was taken as part of the 2009-2010 “Metro State’s success begins with …” poster campaign), I am very enthusiastic about books—which is one reason that my primary areas of inquiry are literacy and literature.