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Adela de la Torre: Blazing a path in higher education – The San Diego Union-Tribune

Summary

In 2018, economist Adela de la Torre became the first woman and the first Latina to serve as the permanent president of San Diego State University.

In the past three years she has helped push for and guide the creation of a new satellite campus in Mission Valley that could help enroll thousands of new students and could become a new economic hub for the city. During her administration the university also has seen significant growth in philanthropy and research grants.

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In 2018, economist Adela de la Torre became the first woman and the first Latina to serve as the permanent president of San Diego State University.

In the past three years she has helped push for and guide the creation of a new satellite campus in Mission Valley that could help enroll thousands of new students and could become a new economic hub for the city. During her administration the university also has seen significant growth in philanthropy and research grants.

De la Torre was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is the granddaughter of Mexican immigrants who came from Zacatecas and the daughter of a single mother who taught public school for 40 years. De la Torre has said that her grandmother reinforced the dual values of their Mexican heritage and the importance of education.

“It was a journey for (my mother), as well as for me, to achieve the success we have had, and I was very fortunate to have a mother and grandmother who instilled those core values in me,” she told 360:The Magazine of San Diego State University. “They prepared me to appreciate the bicultural, bilingual environment we live in.”

She was educated at UC Berkeley, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in the political economy of natural resources and her master’s degree and a Ph.D. in agricultural and resource economics. She taught at Cal State Long Beach, then went on to lead the Mexican American Studies and Research Center at the University of Arizona.

De la Torre moved on to UC Davis, where she was the first Latina to rise to the rank of distinguished professor. She served as director for the UC Davis Center for Transnational Health, vice chancellor for student affairs and campus diversity and chair of the Chicana/Chicano Studies Department.

De la Torre is married to Stephen Bartlett, a retired public health nutritionist. They have raised two daughters.

As an economist, she has done research on health issues facing Latinos and low-income families in rural communities, including nutrition and childhood obesity.

“I was interested in social inequality; I was interested in understanding how to create a society that would bring everybody to the table, and economics provides you with that tool,” she said of economics in a podcast called Fireside Charla.

(Howard Lipin / The San Diego Union-Tribune)

She is a founding member and former president of the American Society of Hispanic Economists, which in 2016 awarded her its biennial Academic Achievement Award.

She co-edited “Speaking from the Body: Latinas on Health and Culture,” a book on health care experiences from Latina patients, their caregivers and friends, combined with professional analyses and policy recommendations.

As San Diego State president, De la Torre has worked to diversify the university’s mostly-White faculty. She had the university begin implicit bias training for faculty and administrators involved …….

Source: https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/phenomenal-women-series/story/2021-11-26/adela-de-la-torre