Adela de la Torre, an agricultural economist, is a professor in the Chicana/o Studies Department and director of the Center for Transnational Health at UC Davis. Dr. de la Torre’s publications and research primarily focus on social determinants of Chicano/Latino health issues, including border and binational health. In addition, her recent NIH funded work includes targeting English Language Learning student science educational disparities and developing university- and school-based partnerships to tackle this growing educational divide.
Lisceth Brazil-Cruz holds a doctoral degree in School Organization and Educational Policy from the University of California, Davis. Her research interests include educational and pipeline issues affecting disenfranchised, underserved and vulnerable student populations as well as issues of equity among communities of color. Her dissertation focused on understanding parental practices of Latino first generation college students as they transition from high school to college.
Laura Grindstaff is a Professor of Sociology, Director of the UC Davis Consortium for Women and Research, and a Co-Investigator on the NSF ADVANCE-IT grant. As Consortium director, Dr. Grindstaff is charged with creating professional development opportunities for women faculty and graduate students across the various colleges of the university and with promoting research efforts focused on issues of gender and gender inequality.
The National Science Foundation began supporting ADVANCE initiatives in 2001, and has awarded over $130M in funding for a variety of programs. The most significant efforts seek to create permanent institutional transformation.