Latinx Achievements

Below you'll find our post category archive. Note that many titles will have , , and at the end of the text. These help identify pages, posts, and events representing our three core values: Community, Thriving, and Wellness. To learn more about this, read about our Action Plan. These also all help support our #ActForInclusion.

Vicki Ruiz at Harvard graduation in doctoral gown

UCI NEWS | Harvard recognizes Vicki Ruiz with an honorary degree ★

Harvard University held its first in-person commencement since 2019 – and 371st overall – on May 26 at Tercentenary Theatre. And attending on stage was UCI’s Vicki Ruiz, Distinguished Professor emerita of history and Chicano/Latino studies, to receive an honorary degree, joining an eminent group of seven honorands from around the globe.

LEAD Dan Bustillo

SCHOOL OF HUMANITIES | UCI doctoral student wins Latino Excellence and Achievement award

Elizabeth Montoya

The One to Ask

The daughter of El Salvadorian immigrants, Montoya is the oldest of her three sisters. And as the first born, she’s also the first to attend college. As she puts it, she’s “first generation in everything,” experiences which have inspired her independence and position as a role model.

Sandra Campero smiling

Sandra Campero Named Inaugural Assistant Vice Chancellor, Community Engagement and Development

Sandra Campero will join the Office of Inclusive Excellence as the inaugural assistant vice chancellor for community engagement and development, effective immediately. In this role, she will help expand the capacity and extend the impact of UCI as a national leader and global model of inclusive excellence.

Sugar candy skull in floral patterns for Día de los Difuntos

UCI Latinx Resource Center Celebrates Día de los Difuntos

An event to celebrate Dia de los Difuntos was put on by UCI’s Latinx Resource Center for UCI students and staff on Nov. 5. Find out what this celebration means to those who celebrate and why it’s so important to hold events like this at UCI.

Katy Rodriguez Wimberly

The Reionization of Katy Rodriguez Wimberly

Rodriguez Wimberly lived along into her dream of motherhood — and, as she’ll soon be graduating with her Ph.D. in physics from the UCI Department of Physics & Astronomy after working with Professor Michael Cooper and moving on to a position as a postdoctoral researcher at UC Riverside supported by a first-of-its-kind National Science Foundation Mathematical and Physical Sciences Ascending Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, she’s now also another thing she dreamed of becoming long ago: an astrophysicist, one who now studies what may be the oldest known galaxies in the Universe.


National Hispanic/ Latinx Heritage Month El Mes De La Herencia Hispana

National Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month/El Mes Nacional de la Herencia Hispana provides a fitting moment to recognize Latinx contributions to our school, university and nation. But it also offers the opportunity to move beyond easy expressions of appreciation and into the more difficult work of critically evaluating our school and university contributions to Latinx success and wellbeing. As you will see in the stories featured below, our Latinx faculty, staff and students play an irreplaceable role in the school’s research and teaching missions, while also assuming much of the often-invisible labor of empowering the Latinx and underrepresented minority leaders of tomorrow.


Assistant Professor receives two grants aimed at reducing inequalities among English Learners, dismantling racism in K-12 schools

Assistant Professor Adriana Villavicencio was recently awarded two grants, both to begin in 2022, aimed at reducing inequalities among English Learners and dismantling racism in K-12 schools.


Frances Contreras Appointed as School of Education Dean

Michael Méndez

Seeking social justice in disaster – NSF early career kudos

Michael Méndez, assistant professor of urban planning and public policy, has received a $400,000 National Science Foundation Early Career Faculty Award for research on underrepresented disaster victims.