Hispanic Caucus Candidate Statement

1. Why are you interested in serving in this position?

I think the Caucus has the opportunity of being a strong voice for the Hispanic/Latino community on campus and in the region. I am interested in leading the effort to provide that independent voice that will ultimately help the VT administration to be better prepared to work with Hispanic/Latinos.

2. What can you contribute to the Steering Committee?

I come to the Steering Committee with many years of experience leading research groups. I know how to find solutions that allow all parties involved to move forward towards a common goal while at the same time taking into consideration the many varied points of view.

I have lots of experience managing research projects and groups of collaborators. I have personally been in charge of more than $1 million of research funds, and have been part of research grants that total above $4 million. I have been designated by the Research division as one of VT top leading collaborators (#36 on the Spring 07 list).

Finally, I have lots of experience managing groups of people across the nation, as evidenced in my position of Co-Director of CREU and in my several positions of leadership in conferences and workshops.

3. What is one idea that you would like the Hispanic Caucus to consider during the upcoming year?

The most important issue that we face is visibility within the university. We need to get more Hispanics on campus to participate in our activities and include other Latinos (e.g. Brazilian colleagues). With a larger number of participants, we will be more visible to the university and can have a stronger impact. Some of the other ideas that we can pursue are posted on my website.

4. A short statement that describes your role in the University and efforts within the Hispanic/Latino community.

I have served as a representative of our community in the Multicultural Fellows, the Race and the Institution Taskforce, and as part of a Graduate School Thinktank committee. I have represented VT at national conferences targeting Hispanic/Latinos (HACU, for example).

Nationally, I have been a member of the Coalition to Diversify Computing for 3 years now. This is a national group of professors in computing that are trying to make the academic and professional field of computing more diverse and inclusive. I am one of a few Latinos in the group. As part of that group, I have been asked to serve as Co-Chair of the Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Conference 2009. Another task that I am leading in that group is creating a list of latino professors in Computing. There are less than 100 of us in tenure track positions across the nation. I am working towards organizing us in a group so we can have a voice to express our opinions, concerns, and needs.

Posted on 04/17/2008