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Dr. Anaida Colon-Muniz

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Associate Professor of Scholarly Practice
Chapman University


Anaida Colón-Muñiz is currently an associate professor at Chapman University in Orange. For the last 13 years, she has served in various roles for the College of Educational Studies. She coordinates the Multiple Subject and the MA in Teaching programs and teaches in these programs. She teaches the capstone teacher Action Research courses as well as serves on the faculty and committees for the doctoral program. She is currently on the steering committee of a teacher academy at Chapman University and on the International Committee.

Dr. Colón-Muñiz received a BS from Binghamton University and a MS from Bank Street College of Education in New York City. She became a bilingual teacher and teacher trainer for the New York City School District before pursuing a doctorate at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. In 1982, she became a faculty member at California State University in Fullerton, and later worked at San Diego State University Foundation. She returned to the public schools, serving as program administrator for bilingual education, foreign languages, English language development and curriculum for three urban school districts in California, Rowland, Orange and Santa Ana, before returning to higher education.

Her research and broad interests include bilingual education, transfer and maintenance of heritage languages and English language development. She also focuses her work on language policy in education here and abroad, and the language and culture of Puerto Rico. In addition, she continues to pursue issues of civil rights in education, literacy and biliteracy affecting Latino youth. In 2006 and 2007, she coordinated the 60th Anniversary celebrations on the landmark case Mendez v. Westminster, et al. and helped to establish an archive for the case. She is currently involved in a Latino oral history project on the segregation era. She is also engaged in research on a bilingual charter school’s extended day program.

She dedicates her life's work to the improvement of educational opportunities for language minority and poor children, with a special emphasis in on the role of teachers and teacher educators. She was national president for the National Conference of Puerto Rican Women for 2007 and 2008 and continues to be on the board of the Orange County Children’s Therapeutic Arts Center, in Santa Ana, California, after having served as President. She has also served as a key consultant in the development of El Sol Science and Arts Academy Charter in Santa Ana, California.

She recently co-chaired the fall 2011 California Council of Teacher Educators in San Diego, California and was co-chair of the Closing the Latino Achievement Gap Summit in fall 2012.