Chicano Hispano Mexicano Studies, the College of Arts & Sciences, the Office of the Provost, and American Studies Department announce that Irene Vasquez has been selected to serve as director of CHMS and associate professor of American Studies, effective August 2011.

Vasquez is currently chair and professor of the Chicana/o Studies Department at California State University Dominguez Hills. She has a distinguished record of educational development in the area of Chicano/a Studies and a strong record of scholarship and public exhibits in the area.

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