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Deborah Romero

Deborah Romero

Director of Engagement, University of Northern Colorado

Deborah Romero is an Associate Professor in English as a Second Language and Bilingual Education in the Hispanic Studies Program at the University of Northern Colorado. She received her Ph.D. in Education with an interdisciplinary emphasis in Language, Interaction and Social Organization, from the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). Dr. Romero’s research interests focus on the study of multilingualism and multimodal communication in linguistically diverse settings and with underrepresented students. She has served as faculty at UNLV and faculty-administrator at the Universidad Autonoma de Queretaro, Mexico. She has published in both English and Spanish.

Deborah Romero currently serves as Associate Director for Faculty Development at Center for Enhancement for Teaching and Learning, where her grounding in sociocultural theories of human development, critical pedagogies and a commitment to equity and diversity in education, coupled with her background in linguistics and digital literacies, are all foundational elements in her own teaching-learning approaches and provide frameworks to actively engage today’s diverse faculty and students. She also co-chairs UNC's Community and Civic Engagement Committee.


“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”
----Viktor Frankl

From the podium situated at the front of the room to the tables set up in uniform rows to the individuals sitting in identical chairs, speckled throughout, this classroom could be any college classroom across the country.  The stories that emanated from this little, plain room...