Dr. Victor Torres
Ambar Alvarez Soto
(Craig School Business)
Dr. Larissa M. Mercado-Lopez
Activities Program Chair
(Lyles Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship)
Public Relations Chair
Dr. Victor Olivares
Student Liaison Chair
(Educational Opportunity Program)
Student Scholarship Chair
(Student Health Center)
Dr. Martin Valencia
(Art & Design)
Dr. Juan Garcia
Professional & Leadership Chair
(Counselor Education and Rehabilitation)
(effective Fall 2015)
Dr. Irán Barrera is an associate professor in the department of social work at Fresno State. Dr. Barrera began his career at the University of Texas – Pan American in which he taught courses on culture and mental health and conducted research along the U.S. / Mexico border. Dr. Barrera received his Master’s degree in Social Work (MSW) from California State University - Long Beach in 2003; his Ph.D. in Social Work from the University of Texas - Arlington and La Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, México in 2008. Dr. Barrera has extensive experience working with minority communities (African-American/Latino/Asian) in California and Texas and in 2005 was awarded a minority fellowship from the Council on Social Work Education to study Latino mental health. Dr. Barrera’s research interests include examining the role of culture on mental health literacy among Latino communities and its impact on mental health care. Dr. Barrera has trained behavioral health professionals at local, state, national and international levels and has experience conducting quantitative and qualitative mental health studies and is fluent in English and Spanish. He is currently the Principal Investigator on a $606,000 federal grant to enhance cultural and linguistic skills for master level social work students in the central California region.
Dr. Yolanda Doub
Associate Professor of Spanish
Modern & Classical Languages and Literatures Department
M.A. Coordinator | M.A. Advisor
Imelda Santacruz-Dudley is an outreach specialist for the Graduate Net Initiative, a new graduate student support program at Fresno State.
Born in Michoacan, Mexico, Imelda and her family migrated to the US in 1991 to pursue the American Dream like many other immigrants from around the world. She grew up in the small agricultural community of Madera, CA. Her family’s dream became a reality when she enrolled at Fresno State where she earned two degrees: a BA in Family and Consumer Science and an MA in Education-Higher Education Administration and Leadership. The Fresno State alumnae aspires to earn a Ph.D.
Imelda, who has worked in several student affairs programs at the university serving many underrepresented minorities, is passionate about helping students discover and ultimately reach their academic potential.
Roxanne Farias joined the Department of Criminology this fall 2015 as an adjunct faculty member teaching victim services.
She is a registered marriage and family therapist intern at the Family Healing Center and at Bonnie Ness, LCSW & Associates. She has also worked at Family Healing Center as a therapist treating children and adolescence who have encountered severe trauma.
Roxanne earned her MS in Counseling (Marriage and Family Therapy Option) at Fresno State after earning a BA in Criminology (emphasis in Restorative Justice) at Fresno Pacific. Additionally, Roxanne has worked closely with local domestic violence shelters and has been certified in 40-hour domestic violence training. She has also been involved with the Victim Offender Reconciliation Program (VORP).
Dr. Andy Hernandez Director - Financial Aid
I'm a a 5th generation Tejano who decided to break with family tradition and actually move away from the state of Texas. I have worked in higher education in the Bay Area and the Central Valley for over 13 years and was named director of Financial Aid in summer 2015. I received my bachelor's from Yale, my master's from San Jose State, and just completed my doctorate from the University of San Francisco. My research focused on the transfer rates of Latino students from community colleges to CSU campuses. In my little free time I try to spend as much time with my beautiful wife and my two small boys who seem to have discovered the secret of perpetual motion.
Melanie Hernandez is an specializes in nineteenth-century U.S. literature, with an emphasis on comparative African American and Chicano Studies. Her ongoing research focuses on strategic racial performance, authenticity politics and social policing, and violent racial satire.
Prior to teaching, Dr. Hernandez worked in television and radio production for the Oxygen network, ABC’s The View, and LA’s K-EARTH 101. She also worked for Saturday Night Live!, E! News Daily, The Howard Stern Show, and Eyewitness News. Nevermore ...
Dr. Hernandez earned a Ph.D. in English and a certificate in public scholarship from the University of Washington (2013), a M.A. in English from CSU Dominguez Hills (2005), and a B.A. in psychology from New York University (2002). . She has taught courses in American literature and composition at the University of Washington. She held the Jay T. Last Fellowship in visual culture at the American Antiquarian Society and was a volunteer instructor for University Beyond Bars in collaboration with the Washington State Reformatory.
Nidia “Nee” Lehman
Craig School of Business - Graduate Program
Dr. Maritere Lopez is an associate professor and the Graduate Coordinator at the Department of History. Originally from Puerto Rico, she moved to the US in 1989 to attend college. Dr. Lopez received her Ph.D. in 2003 from the University at Buffalo in New York state, where she lived for thirteen years prior to moving to sunny California. Her scholarly research focuses on the history of women in early modern Europe, and she is presently working on several essays on representations of love and sex in Italian Enlightenment conduct manuals.
Dr. Larissa M. Mercado-Lopez is an assistant professor of Women's Studies and has been at Fresno State since 2013.
A Tejana who was raised in Gregory, Texas, a small agricultural town outside of Corpus Christi, Dr. Mercado-Lopez received her Ph.D. in Latina/o Literature from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2011, where she also earned an M.A. in English and B.A. in Mexican American Studies. Her research areas include Chicana feminism, maternal studies, Latina health and size, feminist fitness, and children's literature.
Dr. Mercado-Lopez is especially proud of her work for the Society for the Study of Gloria Anzaldúa, and is working on her third edited collection of essays on the Chicana theorist. She is currently on the board for the Arne Nixon Center for the Study of Children's Literature at Fresno State and is the faculty advisor for the Women's Studies student organization, P.O.W.E.R.
When she's not writing, teaching or serving her university, Dr. Mercado-Lopez enjoys spending her time with her husband and four children.
Dr. Shane Moreman is originally from South Texas and joined Fresno State's Communication Department in 2003. He teaches Intercultural Communication, specializing in Latina/o issues. His favorite saying is "ya pa' que; his favorite food is carne guisada; and his childhood nickname was Chango. He often daydreams about sitting on the beach at Padre Island looking out at the Gulf of Mexico at sunset. As LFSA's first president, he hopes to help the association grow in membership, increase in visibility and swell with pride for our latinidad.
Raul Z. Moreno is the coordinator of the new Dream Outreach Center in the University Outreach office. It provides admission assistance, support services, and professional development for all migrant students enrolled at Fresno State. To qualify for UMS, simply submit an online application. You will be considered for admission to the program regardless of your academic level or your immigration status.
Raul is also the President of the Education and Leadership Foundation a non-profit organization that provides leadership training, community service, professional development, and scholarships for students seeking a higher education.
Special assistance: California Dream Act and AB540 students, professional development, community service, leadership development, parent orientations, internships/scholarships.
For additional information please contact:
Education and Leadership Foundation
Dr. Victor Olivares
Coordinator, Summer Bridge Program
Dr. Christine Ortiz - Assistant Professor
Department of Nursing
Director, University Outreach Services
Academic Specialist, Upward Bound
Virginia Rondero Hernandez is an associate professor in the Department of Social Work Education and a faculty researcher/evaluator for the Central California Social Welfare Evaluation, Research and Training Center.
Dr. Rondero Hernandez has taught at the university level for 18 years and specializes in teaching research, policy and human behavior. She has also held teaching posts at Texas State University, San Marcos and the Worden School of Social Service at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas.
Her social work career includes service in clinics, hospitals, hospice, schools and community-based agencies. She has conducted research related to fetal alcohol syndrome, maternal-child health services, child health disparities, Latino mental health and substance abuse services.
Ambar A. Soto is the interim associate director of Admissions in the Office of Admissions and Records.
She holds an MS in Counseling (Counseling & Student Services) and a BA in History & Chicano Studies. Her Masters project title was “Developing Chicano Youth Leaders: The Story of Sal Castro and the 1968 Los Angeles School Walkouts” and her research interests are Latino Leadership and issues affecting first generation college students.
Ambar has been an active member of the campus through her work with Latino student organizations and as the co-chair of the university's Cesar E. Chavez Celebration since 2008.
Her personal interests include spending time with her husband and three dogs, family and friends, reading, and road trips. Her parents were born and raised in Mexico and she is a native of the Central Coast area.
Dr. Victor Torres, Ph.D., is an anthropologist and full professor in the Department of Chicano and Latin American Studies.
His passion for Mexican folkloric dance began and flourished at UC Irvine, where he danced throughout his B.A. and Ph.D. studies.After completing his studies at UCI, he was recruited to Fresno State by highly esteemed Prof. Ernesto Martinez, who was also a founder of A.N.G.F. Prof. Martinez recruited Dr. Torres to succeed him as Director of Los Danzantes de Aztlán, Mexican dance program that he founded in the department of Chicano and Latin American Studies.
Los Danzantes de Aztlán is the only Mexican folkloric dance troupe in the CSU system to be recognized as an official ambassador of the University. This status was recently reaffirmed in 2013. Los Danzantes de Aztlán is a highly respected Mexican dance troupe in California, in the Southwest, and in Mexico. Under Dr. Torres’ tutelage, the troupe has earned top honors in international and national competitions. The success and professionalism of the troupe under his direction has resulted in the troupe being considered an “associate” group of the Ballet Folclorico Nacional de Mexico Aztlán de Silvia Lozano (BFNM). More importantly, the troupe was selected to perform in the prestigious San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival – the largest ethnic dance festival in the nation that runs for four weeks.
Dr. Torres served on the Board of Directors of the Associación Nacional de Grupos Folklóricos (ANGF) for 6 years (1997-2003), two of them as Vice-President. With Los Danzantes de Aztlan, he also the founded of the annual “Festival de Los Danzantes” folklórico conference at Fresno State, as well as the the annual “Cal State Folklórico Show (which features various California State University groups). Dr. Torres also serves on the Danzantes del Valle Advisory Committee for Arte Americas –Fresno’s major Latino cultural center.
Tom Uribes is Fresno State’s public information officer. A second generation Chicano born and raised in the San Joaquin Valley (Sanger), he is the son of a World War II US Army veteran.
Tom joined the University Outreach office in 1988 and moved to University Communications in 1996 where he later became the university’s PIO, the first Chicano to hold that position. He writes most of the university's news media communications which are published at www.fresnostatenews.com. and advises campus colleagues on media relations issues.
As a Fresno State journalism student in the late 70s, Tom was editor of the Chicano student newspaper, La Voz de Aztlan, and two community publications: SENTIMIENTOS Magazine (1978-80) and El Tiempo newspaper (1980-1982). He was a campus correspondent for The Fresno Bee while in college.
From 1984-86, Tom was editor of The Delano Record, the twice-weekly community newspaper for Delano, the first Chicano editor in that community which at one time was the home to Cesar Chavez and the UFW’s 40 Acres. He was media director for Madera Cinevideo (1986-88), the first company to convert Mexican films to VHS tape for home consumer viewing. Upon returning to Fresno State, he was adviser for La Voz until 1995 and for a Chicano student magazine, DESTINOS.
Tom has served on the California Chicano News Media Association board of directors as the Fresno chapter representative. From that, he created and was adviser (1988-1995) of a student CCNMA chapter at Fresno State, the Chicano Journalism Students Association, which published DESTINOS.
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Martin Valencia is the chair of the Art & Design Department where he is also a professor of graphic design. Previously he was employed at the University of Arizona as a graphic design supervisor and adjunct professor.
Martin earned his BFA degree in graphic design with dual major in illustration from the Northern Arizona University and his MFA degree in graphics and illustration from the University of Arizona. He earned a Post-BAC degree in Art Education from the University of Arizona and holds a K-12 Art teaching certificate from the State of Arizona. He is also currently working on his PhD in Education with an emphasis in literacy and technology.
Professor Valencia's research and interests include: Design's cultural, sociohistorical context; Synectics; Semiotics; Design as an educational tool; Visual Literacy and Technology; and Children's Book Illustration.
Dr. Oscar Vega - Born in Santiago, Chile, a little after Pinochet's coup d'etat.
Has a Licenciatura en Ciencias con mencion en Matematicas from Universidad de Chile, and a PhD in Math from The University of Iowa. Has been at Fresno State's Math Department since 2007, as an assistant professor.
Research in a mix of geometry, algebra and combinatorics called finite geometry, but also interested in graph theory, knot theory and other topics.
Besides loving math, also loves music (used to be a radio DJ) and soccer.