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UC Davis Study Abroad, Quarter Abroad Mexico, Faculty Photio, Adela de la Torre

Adela de la Torre

Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs

Professor and Director of Department of Chicano/a Studies

Dr. Adela de la Torre has nearly 30 years of service in leadership roles within institutions of higher education, including the California State University system, the University of Arizona and the University of California, Davis. She currently serves as Vice Chancellor for the Division of Student Affairs and Campus Diversity at UC Davis, as well as the Director of the Center for Transnational Health. Dr. Adela de la Torre is a faculty member in the Chicana/o Studies Department, and served as the Department Chair before her appointment to Vice Chancellor. 

Dr. de la Torre has both a personal and professional commitment to creating a more balanced and integrated environment for UC Davis students, linking their approach to academic success more closely with personal health and well-being objectives. Her publications and research primarily focus on taking a community-engagement approach to Chicano/Latino health issues, childhood obesity within rural Mexican origin communities, binational health, and educational disparities and intervention strategies for Chicana/o Latino students. Major book publications include: Building with Our Own Hands: New Directions in Chicana/o Studies (UC Press with Beatriz Pesquera) Moving from the Margins (UA Press), Sana, Sana: Mexican Americans & Health (UA Press with Antonio Estrada), and most recently, Speaking from the Body: Latinas on Health and Culture (UA Press).

While at UC Davis, she has successfully generated more than $19 million in external funds to support educational outreach, recruitment, health education and training programs. She is currently in the fourth year of a five-year, $4.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute for Food and Agriculture to study ways to combat obesity in children of Mexican heritage.

At the University of Arizona, Dr. de la Torre was director of the Mexican American Studies and Research Center. During her tenure there, she developed the university’s first graduate program in Mexican American Studies and founded the College of Medicine's first federally funded Hispanic Center of Excellence.

In all of her various leadership and teaching positions throughout her career, Dr. Adela de la Torre has endeavored to provide equal access to health and educational opportunities for all students, with a particular focus in improving outreach, recruitment, and retention of highly qualified students from underserved communities.

UC Davis Study Abroad, Quarter Abroad Mexico, Faculty Photo, Yvette Flores

Yvette Flores

Professor, Chicano/a Studies


Born in Colon, Panama, and raised in San Jose, Costa Rica, Dr. Flores migrated to the United States in 1965. She was educated in the public schools of South Central Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley. Her interests in psychology emerged from the challenges the process of migration posed to her family. Dr. Flores obtained a B.A degree in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1970. She pursued a Masters Degree in Community-Clinical Psychology at C.S.U. Long Beach and completed a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at U.C. Berkeley 1982.

For the past three decades, Dr. Flores has worked as a research psychologist, university professor, and licensed psychologist. She has done postdoctoral work in health psychology, in particular substance abuse treatment outcome research and intimate partner violence. Her current research examines the impact of migration on the mental health of Mexican men; She also is co-investigator of UCD ADVANCE IT GRANT, funded by NSF, and co-investigator of a USDA funded studied of obesity prevention among Mexican origin children. Her publications reflect her life’s work of bridging clinical psychology and Chicano/Latino studies, as she foregrounds gender, ethnicity and sexualities in her clinical, teaching and research practices. Dr. Flores is the mother of two young adults, grandmother of three and a passionate traveler.

UC Davis Study Abroad, Quarter Abroad Mexico, Faculty Photio, Enriqueta Caldez-Curiel

Enriqueta Valdez-Curiel


Dr. Enriqueta is a physician and holds a Masters of Community Development with a specialty on rural women’s health. She is an associate professor and researcher at the School of Medicine, University of Guadalajara. She received her post doctorate qualifications from the University of California, San Francisco. Her present research projects focus on the areas of folk medicine, intimate partner violence, and education entertainment for sexual education.