Dr. Chavira-Prado is a cultural anthropologist. She received a Ph.D. from UCLA, where her specialization was: Latinos in the U.S. & public policy (immigration, education, health).
Prior to filling the position of Coordinator for ODE, Dr. chavira-Prado was a consultant/trainer in cultural competency. She has worked at De Paul University, Michigan State University and Mansfield University; been a researcher of the processes driving diversity in southern Illinois for over 20 years; and served as a consultant/researcher/analyst for the Census Bureau.
Dr. Chavira-Prado’s previous association with SIU was as a visiting asst. professor in the Anthropology Department, where she developed/introduced the first course on Latino cultures.
The bilingual (Spanish and English) Dr. Chavira-Prado is the Founder and Director of the first Mexican cultural dance troupe in southern Illinois.
She says her biggest achievement and biggest challenge is “my children”.
Her office is Room 152 in Davies Hall, and you can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org