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Mentoring the Next Generation

Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program at Hunter College

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Undergraduate Advising and Mentorship

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Ms. Elena Guzman received her Bachelor of Arts in  Cultural Anthropology from the Department of Anthropology, Hunter College at the CUNY in 2012. She is currently a graduate student at Cornell University where she received a graduate fellowship to pursue her doctorate in with a specialization in socio-cultural anthropology. Professor Torres served a faculty mentor for Ms. Guzman, a Mellon Mays fellow. She conducted research African Diasporic expressive culture and presented her work at numerous scholarly conferences.

Colloborative Engagements -Mentoring Doctoral Candidates in Higher Education Administration

Ms. Yudi Lewis a doctoral candidate in Educational Leadership and Policy at the University of Utah. As the director of the innovative Latino Initiative at Utah Valley University, she has successfully developed programs to recruit and retain Latina/o students. Lewis is the recipient of numerous scholarships and grants to support her academic and administrative endeavors. As a co-PI on a Utah System of Higher Education and ImPACT grant, she worked with  Kim Barraclaugh to advance the educational opportunities of Latino students at UVU. In 2013 she was the recipient of the University of Utah, Pete Suazo Social Justice Award. She is interested in understanding and enhancing pathways for Latinas in higher education administration. Her doctoral work focuses on the support systems and strategies high achieving Latinas have undertaken to advance in the field. I am honored to be working with Ms. Lewis to advance her goals given the dearth of research and scholarship on Latina administrators in higher education.

Graduate Mentoring, Assistantships and Professionalization in the Academy

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Mr. Ricardo Gabriel serves as a graduate assistant for the Chancellor’s Latino Faculty Initiative at CUNY.  He is currently a doctoral student in the department of sociology at the CUNY Graduate Center. Interested in Social Movements and Civic Engagement he is exploring how Puerto Ricans gained access to higher education at CUNY and the impact of policy and practice on scores of individuals and families whose access to the academy promoted community well-being. As a the graduate student representative of the Puerto Rican Studies Association,he works with the Executive Board and the PRSA student constituency to advance the field.  Gabriel received his BA from Hunter College where he was awarded a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship. 

Selection of Doctoral Degree Recipients Committees Served and Students Advised 2008-2014 (Under construction)

1. Jennifer Hardin Ph.D. in Sociocultural Anthropology U of Illinois Committee Member 2014 Yosemite National Park, National Park Service 

2. Julie Williams Ph.D. in Sociocultural Anthropology U of Illinois Committee Member 2012 Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador

3. Anthony Jerry Ph.D. in Sociocultural Anthropology, U of Illinois Committee Member 2013 Center for Latin American Studies, San Diego State University

4. Cristobal Valencia Ph.D. Sociocultural Anthropology, U of Illinois Committee 2011 Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque

5. Pilar Eguez Guevarra Ph.D. Sociocultural Anthropology, U of Illinois Committee Member, 2011 Doctoral Advisee & Director or Research Postdoctoral Fellow University of Illinois

6. Kristina Medina Spanish, Italian and Portuguese, U of Illinois Committee Member 2010 Assistant Professor, Department of Spanish, St. Olaf College

7. Aide Acosta Ph.D. Sociocultural Anthropology, U of Illinois Committee Member 2010 Visiting Instructor 

8. Mirelsie Velazquez Ph.D. Educational Policy Studies, U of Illinois Committee April 2010 Assistant Professor U of Oklahoma

9. Batamaka Some Ph.D. Sociocultural Anthropology, U of Illinois Committee Member, 2009 Consulting Specialist in Gender and Africa in the Market Access Initiative and Agricultural Development Program, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; Gender and Agricultural Consultant, United Nations World Food Program in Rome

10. William Hope Ph.D. Sociocultural Anthropology, U of Illinois Committee Member, 2009 Doctoral Advisee & Director of Research Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Knox College 

11. Brian Montes Ph.D. Sociocultural Anthropology, U of Illinois Committee Member, 2009 Assistant Professor John Jay College, CUNY

12. Jennifer Shoaff  Ph.D. Sciocultural Anthropology, U of Illinois Committee Member, 2009 Doctoral Advisee  & Director of Research Assistant Professor of Gender and Race Studies, University of Alabama

13. Alyssa Garcia Ph.D. Sociocultural Anthropology, U of Illinois Committee Member, 2008 Doctoral Advisee and Director of Research Assistant Professor of Women’s Studies and Africana Studies, Penn State University 

14. Sujey Vega Ph.D. Sociocultural Anthropology, U of Illinois Committee Member, 2008 Assistant Professor. Women and Gender Studies, Arizona State University