Dr. Ruth Zambrana is a Professor in the Department of Women’s Studies and Director, Consortium on Race, Gender and Ethnicity at the University of Maryland, College Park with affiliate faculty appointments in Sociology, African American Studies, Public Health and she is the founding director of U.S. Latina/o Studies at University of Maryland. Her areas of expertise include the intersections of gender, race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status and institutional policies and practices on health and higher education outcomes. Her scholarship has focused on racial/ethnic populations with a focus on women’s health and Latino population health. A second area of focus is the impact of occupational stressors on the health and mental well-being of historically underrepresented minority faculty using an intersectional lens of race/ethnicity, gender and institutional power.
Her most recent anthologies include Obesity Interventions in Underserved Communities: Evidence and Directions with Virginia Brennan and Shiriki Kumanyiki (2014), and The Magic Key: The Educational Journey of Mexican Americans from K-12 to College and Beyond (2015), with co-editor Sylvia Hurtado. She has published extensively in her areas of interest and her most recent publications include: Zambrana, R.E., Meghea, C., Talley, C., Hammad, A., & Lockett, M., Williams, K.P. (2015). Association between family communication and health literacy among underserved racial/ethnic women. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 26(2), 391-405 and Zambrana, R.E., Ray, R.J., Espino, M. M., Castro, C., Douthirt-Cohen, B., & Eliason, J. (2015). “Don’t Leave Us Behind”: The Importance of Mentoring for Underrepresented Minority Faculty. American Educational Research Journal, 52(1), 40-72.
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Associate Research Director
Dr. Michelle M. Espino is Assistant Professor of Higher Education, Student Affairs and International Education Policy at the University of Maryland, College Park. Her research centers on understanding community contexts and institutional responses associated with educational achievement and outcomes along the academic life course for racial/ethnic minorities, with particular focus on the experiences of Latina/o students, college administrators, and faculty. Her scholarly work illustrates her commitment to advancing diverse perspectives on Latina/o educational attainment, creating connections between the institution and the community to enhance access to higher education, developing innovative approaches to qualitative research, and preparing higher education administrators to work with diverse student populations.
Dr. Espino has published articles in the Review of Higher Education, American Educational Research Journal, Teachers College Record, Equity & Excellence in Education, and Qualitative Inquiry. She currently serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Diversity in Higher Education and the NASPA Journal on Women in Higher Education. She was the 2015 recipient of the Early Career Award from the American Educational Research Association Hispanic Issues in Research special interest group, the 2015 recipient of the Outstanding Faculty Member award from the NASPA Latina/o Knowledge Community, a 2011 Faculty Fellow for the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education, the 2008 recipient of the Bobby Wright Dissertation of the Year Award from the Association of the Study of Higher Education, and a 2007 Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellow. Prior to her work at the University of Maryland, she was an assistant professor in the College Student Affairs Administration program at the University of Georgia, served as the Coordinator of Student Programs at Southern Methodist University (TX), and helped to establish the Social Justice Leadership Center at the University of Arizona. She is the oldest daughter of Armando and Ramona Espino of El Paso, Texas and is the first person in her family to graduate from college.
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Program Management Specialist
Wendy Hall serves as Program Management Specialist for the Consortium. She joined the staff of CRGE in July 2002. Prior to that, Hall served as an Office Manager for a local CPA firm. Wendy passed her A+ Certification exam in July 2002 and is currently pursuing her Microsoft Certified System Engineer (MCSE) Certification.
Blaze Buck is a graduate student working toward a Master’s of Applied Anthropology and a graduate certificate in Museum Scholarship and Material Culture. She graduated from the University of South Florida in 2012 with bachelor's degrees in anthropology and religious studies. Blaze is interested in researching social issues through the lens of intersectional feminism. She hopes to pursue a career in museum collections management or nonprofit communications upon graduation.
Patricia Garcia Gomez studied psychology, specializing in social psychology at Universidad Iberoamericana, in Mexico City, Mexico. She joined the staff in summer 2015 as a manager for CRGE's website, social media and communications. She aspires to go on to graduate school in Social Justice and Human Rights.