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Moreno Chosen LULAC OC Citizen of the Year

Published: December 15, 2008

Chicano and Latino Studies’ Jose Moreno collected a trio of recognitions recently with twin invitations to join research projects and as a recipient of the Orange County Citizen of the Year Award from the Anaheim Council of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC).

Moreno was invited to join the Association of American Colleges and Universities’ (AAC&U) Making Excellence Inclusive Advisory Board which includes participation as part of the research team in the AAC&U’s project titled “Give Students a Compass: College Learning, General Education and Student Success.”

“Compass” is part of AAC&U’s signature initiative, Liberal Education and America’s Promise, and is a multi-state collaborative to re-map educational aims, educational practices and assessment strategies for general education in three public state systems—the CSU system, Oregon University system and the University of Wisconsin.

Moreno also was invited to participate in the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Task Force on Student Success. This task force will consider the recent change in the WASC process relating to student success and develop material that will provide guidance to institutions addressing this new requirement. The task force is composed of three to five peers with WASC experience and expertise in student success and includes representatives from both public and private institutions.

Moreno, who joined the university in 2004, was pleased to be selected and pointed with pride to his department. “Along with a previous appointment to serve on the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering Research Advisory Council, this is not only recognition for me but for Chicano and Latino Studies at CSULB,” he said. “This says we are not simply a department in a corner of an institution but a department producing scholarship recognized by national organizations. This is scholarship not just for academics but for practitioners. This is scholarship that does more than educate. It helps transform conditions and creates positive change.”

Moreno feels a sense of validation with his three-way recognition. “I feel validated because, as a scholar and as a faculty member, I want to perform scholarship that leads to making an impact on practice and policy,” he said. “The invitation to participate in the AAC&U’s `Give Students a Compass’ validates the research I have been performing since 2002 through the Irvine Foundation-funded Campus Diversity Initiative Evaluation Resource project which focused on evaluating institutional effectiveness on diversity. This is a chance for us to turn our research focus on ourselves. I want to use the rigor of methods we demand of ourselves and our graduate students to assist our learning of how to best engage in diversity work and thus improve overall institutional decision-making and effectiveness not only in regards to diversity but in our overall performance as organizations.”

Moreno added that he is especially proud of being named a LULAC Orange County Citizen of the Year. “As a member of the Anaheim City School District Board of Education, this gives me a special feeling,” he said. “Serving on the board has been a challenging and formative experience.”