Alicia P. Rodriguez

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Department of Latina/Latino Studies
1207 W. Oregon Street
M/C 136
Academic Advisor and Administrative Coordinator


Alicia P. Rodriguez has served as the Associate Director of the Latina/Latino Studies Program and then Academic Advisor and Administrative Coordinator of the Department since 2003. She is the main advisor to undergraduate minors and majors and graduate minors. She is also involved in curriculum planning for the unit, manages all of the unit programming activities and periodically teaches Latina/o Studies courses and has served on multiple committees across campus, including the Latina/o Family Visit Day Program committee, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration Committee, the College of LAS General Education Committee, and the Provost's Teaching Advancement Board. During the summer of 2016 Alicia was the faculty leader for a Global Studies study abroad service learning program in Ecuador. She is the co-founder of the Latina/o Resilience Network which was created with Veronica M. Kann in 2014. In 2017 she was awarded the College of LAS Academic Advising Award and the Campus Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising. Alicia was also awarded the Cathy Acevedo Award for Commitment to Students in 2008 and the Outstanding Faculty Award in 2005 at the Latina/o Congratulatory Ceremony. Prior to arriving at Latina/Latino Studies, Alicia worked in instructional design, intergroup relations, and international exchange. While in graduate school at the University of Illinois and as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Berkeley, she conducted research on issues of cultural identity and multicultural education. She has published articles in several journals, including Race, Gender, & ClassEducational Theory, and Cultural Studies: A Research Volume, and in edited volumes, including Unfinished Business: Closing the Racial Achievement Gap in Our Schools, Critical Voices in School Reform: Students Living Through Change, and This Bridge We Call Home: Radical Visions for Transformation. Her Most recent publication is a chapter co-authored with Veronica M. Kann titled "Voices on the Margin: The Latina/o Resilience Network and Retention Strategies," in Latina/o College Student Leadership. Alicia holds a Ph.D. and A.M. in Social Foundations of Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an A.B. from Hamilton College.