Dr. Ramon Del Castillo
Ramon Del Castillo is currently Associate Professor and Chair of the Chicano and Chicana Studies Department at Metropolitan State College of Denver. As past Chair of the Masters Program of Nonprofit Management at Regis University for 5 years, Dr. Del Castillo managed and taught leadership, ethics and diversity classes in the program. He developed and implemented the “Making Connections in Mexico Program,” with ITESOUniversity in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, designed to develop binational curricula in the area of the nonprofit and civil society sectors between Mexico and the United States.
Educationally, Ramon Del Castillo possesses a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology and Mexican American Studies from the University of Northern Colorado. His Masters Degrees are in Social Science and Public Administration from the University of Colorado at Denver. Dr. Del Castillo completed his doctoral studies from the Graduate School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado at Denver. His doctoraldissertation, using the theory of innovation, examined Curanderismo, a traditional approach to holistic healing, and its institutionalization within a publicly funded mental health agency.
As a Chicano poet for the last 3 decades, Ramon’s work has appeared in a variety of magazines and books including but not limited to: Cantos Al Sexto Sol: An Anthology of Aztlanahuac Writing; Cool Salsa edited by Lori M. Carlson and Encyclopedia Chicana. His next book, entitled Quetzales are not Extinct should be published soon. He has 4 published books entitled, 1) Broken Concrete; 2) From the Corazon of a Bato Loco! 3) When the Owl Can’t Sleep at Night; and 4) Tales from a Michoacano. He was recently transformed into a conguero with a local group, Great Kiva, where he has developed the written work in a concept referred to as 'flor y canto', or 'poejazz'.
As a past columnist for the Rocky Mountain News and a current columnist for El Semanario, Dr. Del Castillo is known for his thought-provoking and insightful essays regarding the plight of persons of color and public policy concerns and issues. He is an activist scholar and co-founder of the Cesar Chavez Peace and Justice Committee of Denver, that organizes a yearly march and celebration and participates in many struggles for the human and civil rights of all people. Ramon was awarded the Richard T. Castro Memorial Community Service Award for multi-cultural mental health program innovation. In 1998, he was awarded the prestigious Colorado State Division of Civil Right’s Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Award. His awards also include the “Spirit of Tlatelolco Award,” (2005) and national recognition from the Latino and Latina Student Law Association for his contributions to humanitarianism.
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