Gerardo Gonzalez is Dean Emeritus and Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies in the Indiana University School of Education Higher Education Administration and Student Affairs Program. From July 1, 2000 until June 30, 2015 he served as University Dean of the School. In that role, he directed administrative and budgetary activities of the School on the Bloomington and Indianapolis campuses and provided academic oversight to education programs on six regional campuses of IU. Dr. Gonzalez' teaching and research interests include higher education leadership and finance, underrepresented student success, campus health promotion, and multicultural communication and collaboration. He has addressed national and international groups and published scholarly works on the Cuban-American experience and Latino educational concerns. In 2012, Hispanic Business named him one of the 50 most influential Hispanics in the United States. Upon his retirement from the deanship, President Michael McRobbie asked him to serve as a special adviser to the IU Office of International Affairs on IU-Cuba partnerships. In addition to his academic appointment in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Dr. Gonzalez holds appointments as Adjunct Professor of Counseling and Adjunct Professor of Public Health at Indiana University. He is also an affiliate faculty in the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies. Dr. Gonzalez received a bachelor's degree in Psychology in 1974 and a Ph.D. in Counseling and Higher Education Administration in 1978 from the University of Florida.
Undergraduate Student Spotlight
Megan Kelly is a senior studying International Studies and Spanish with the CLACS certificate and a certificate in Nonprofit Management through SPEA. Her interests lie in the processes of social movements and reform in South America, post-conflict reconstruction and justice worldwide, and other human rights issues ranging from LGBTQ rights to women's equality. Last year, she spent five months in Buenos Aires, Argentina where she studied the human rights movement that developed among ten Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) to combat the grave human rights violations committed by the military dictatorship of 1976-1983. She has also spent time in Piura, Perú where she worked with a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping the development process in poor, peripheral communities of the city. Megan spent this past summer interning with the Center for American Progress's Enough Project in Washington, D.C., which works to end genocide and crimes against humanity worldwide with a focus on the Sudans, CAR, and the DRC. She is co-founder of the Gay-Straight Alliance at IU, President of the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance, and Vice President of the International Studies Undergraduate Association. In the future she hopes to effect social reform throughout South America, utilizing nonprofit work as a tool for change.
Graduate Student Spotlight
Megan Beddow is a third year dual-degree student in the CLACS MA and School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) MPA programs. Her professional interests include the operation of nonprofit organizations, community development, and social entrepreneurship, with a focus on international communities. Prior to attending IU Megan completed a period of national service as an AmeriCorps volunteer in Miami, Florida and performed consulting in youth development, management, and organizational performance in Puerto Montt, Chile. With a propensity for systems thinking, Megan chose to study at CLACS to enhance her efficacy as a nonprofit practitioner working to expand opportunities for education, job training, and job creation around the globe. During her time as a graduate student Megan taught in IU Bloomington's Spanish Basic Language Program. Megan also served as a research fellow with Fundación Global Democracia y Desarrollo (FUNGLODE) in the Dominican Republic. Her forthcoming report with FUNGLODE analyzes nonprofit collaboration in the Dominican context. Megan hopes to apply her dual-degree to a role in program management or nonprofit fund development in the year to come.
Pilar M. Herr - Dr. Herr earned her MA in Latin American and Caribbean Studies from CLACS in May 1994 and a PhD in Latin American History from IU in May 2001. She is an Assistant Professor of History and the Coordinator 0f the Vira I. Heinz Program for Women in Global Leadership (VIH Program) at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg in Greensburg, PA. The VIH Program is a one year scholarship program ($5,000+) for sophomore or junior women who have never traveled outside the United States to study abroad and to become leaders in their communities. Dr. Herr markets, recruits, and interviews eligible women for three scholarships. She also mentors them through the program, which includes two retreats on the main University of Pittsburgh Campus, a twenty-eight day minimum summer study abroad program, and a Community Engagement Experience. In addition to her regular courses on Latin American History, Dr. Herr integrates her professional interests by teaching and taking students on study abroad courses of her own design, including her courses on History and Identity in Spain and History and Economics in Cuba since 1959. Dr. Herr's individual research interests are on borders and state formation in the Southern Cone, and in addition to professional publications she is working on a book manuscript.