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Association for Women in Communications recognizes Harriett Romo for educational contributions to UTSA

UTSA professor and Mexico Center director to receive Education Headliner Award

UTSA professor and Mexico Center director Harriett Romo will receive the 2017 Education Headliner Award.


(May 24, 2017) -- Harriett Romo, professor of sociology and director of The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) Mexico Center, will receive the 2017 Education Headliner Award. Presented by the San Antonio Professional Chapter of the Association for Women in Communications, the group honors outstanding headliners – community leaders who have made exceptional contributions in professional, volunteer and civic arenas.

The Education Headliner recognizes an individual who has been an active 10-year member in a profession or industry and has made a significant contribution to his or her field.

"Helping others engage in opportunities to help them further their education has been so rewarding," said Romo. "I'm humbled that the Association for Women in Communications has recognized my efforts. I hope to inspire more children, especially young ladies, to see their potential and follow their dreams."

Romo began teaching at UTSA in 1999. Most recently, she has taught courses in border studies, children and society, sociology of childhood, qualitative research, and language and society. She has been the director of the Bank of America Child and Adolescent Policy Research Institute (CAPRI) since its inception at UTSA in 2005 and has been the director of the UTSA Mexico Center since it was created in 2006. She is an award-winning author and has published many articles on language acquisition, foster youth, immigrant children and Mexican immigrant families. Her textbook, "Race and Ethnic Relations in America," with S. Dale McLemore is used widely in college sociology classes.

Romo's community engagement has helped teachers across the United States. She directed grants from the U.S. Health and Human Services for nine years that helped Head Start teachers earn associate and bachelor's degrees. She has also received grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to focus on early childhood education and how housing impacts college access for foster youth. These grants have engaged UTSA students in research projects of significant value to the community.

Romo will receive her award at the annual Headliner Awards Brunch on Saturday, June 3.

- Courtney Clevenger

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