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Dr Ramon Del Castillo

Chicano Studies

Courses Taught


Current Semester Schedule

30966 CHS-1000-003 Intro to Chicana/o Studies MW 0930-1045 WC-232
33248 CHS-3980-001 Internship TBA TBA-TBA -
34506 CHS-4050-001 Chicana/o Mntl Hlth Perspctvs TR 1100-1215 WC-235
35664 CHS-4850-001 Research Exp Chicana/o Studies M 1530-1730 RO-003

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Personal Biography

I am Professor and Chair of the Chicana/o Studies Department. My role as an instructor at Metropolitan State University of Denver began in the Sociology Department in 1984 as affiliate faculty. I transferred into the Chicana/o Studies in 1995.

As past Chair of the Masters Program in Nonprofit Program at Regis University (1999-2005), I directed educational services and program development for the department and taught classes in the history of the nonprofit sector, leadership, ethics, managing diversity in organizations and the capstone project. I traveled to Mexico for 5 years, developing collaborative bi-national curricula between the nonprofit and civil society sectors through the “Making Connections in Mexico Program,” in collaboration with ITESO Jesuit University, located in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico.

Educational Biography

I possess a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a double major in Sociology and Mexican American Studies from the University of Northern Colorado. My Master's Degrees are in Social Science and Public Administration from the University of Colorado at Denver (UCD) and my Ph.D. is from the Graduate School of Public Affairs at the same university. My Master's research was on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Chicano Viet Nam Veterans and my doctoral dissertation, examined Curanderismo, a traditional approach to holistic and spiritual healing, using theories of innovation to critique the institutionalization process within a publicly funded mental health agency.

Associate Professor, researcher, columnist, published poet and community activist

Teaching Philosophy

Research, Social Justice and Activism, Mexico/Chicana/o Politics, Poetry

Students are not empty vessals, walking into classrooms ready to be filled with knowledge; they are human beings seeking growth and development in becoming fully humanized. Students entering my educational domain are encouraged to share their experience with their peers through critical dialogue. I believe that students possess knowledge by virtue of living life, and need to understand the power they already possess. Through the creation of gracious space in the classroom, students feel comfortable sharing as they become teachers and learners. I am both a teacher and a learner in the process of teaching. Respect is a cornerstone value in my classroom as student's engage with each other and are transformed into active participants in creating knowledge. As a life-long learner, I challenge students to engage in courageous conversations about the many issues they encounter in our society so that together we can create a more just world. I recently created a class entitled, "Social Justice and Activism in the Chicana/o Community," which is offered in the Honor's Program.


Health disparities, Curanderismo, Social Justice

Current/Selected Projects

My most recent research includes the continued struggle of "Stigma in Mental Health," as I faciliated focus groups with the 4 major ethnic groups in society for the Mental Health America of Colorado (MHAC corporation. I also participated in research for the Adelante de la Salud Program on "Latinos and Obamacare: Myths and Realities.”

As a diversity trainer, I am called upon on many occasions to provide diversity and cultural competency workshops to businesses, government and nonprofit organizations.

As one of the founders of the Cesar Chavez Peace and Justice Committee, we recently celebrated our 15th Annual Event. There are opportunties for students to link in this project and other community projects that strive to make a better world. I play music occasionally with groups in the Denver area and write perform poejazz with musicians in the community.

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