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2017 Richard T. Castro Distinguished Visiting Professorship


"Takin' Care of Business in la House (and Senate): Latinas y el Poder"


Christine SierraWe would like to welcome Dr. Christine Sierra as this year's Richard T. Castro Distinguished Professor. Christine is an Emeritus professor with the University of New Mexico, and teaches and researches in the field of American politics with a focus on race, ethnicity, and gender.

We are grateful to Dr. Sierra for taking the time to join us.

In addition to her presence, we are fortunate to be joined by a number of other stellar panelists:

  • Polly Baca, former Chair of the Democratic Caucus of the House of Representatives
  • Celina Benavidez, former State Representative
  • Virginia Castro, former Manager of Denver Public Schools Social Work Services and widow of Richard Castro
  • Laura DeHerrera, former State Representative
  • Crisanta Duran, legislator and current Speaker of the House of Representatives in Colorado
  • Lucía Guzmán, Senate Minority Leader
  • Paula Sandoval, former member of the Colorado State Senate and Denver City Councilwoman


Date: Monday, September 25, 2017
Time: 10:30am
Location: St. Cajetan's 


Please visit our Events page for a detailed schedule of the day, and click the button below to download a copy of the this year's flyer. 

For any questions, please contact the Chair of this year's planning committee, Dr. Adriana Nieto.

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