Campus: CSU San Marcos -- August 15, 2005

Cal State San Marcos Professor Selected as Hispanic Leadership Fellow

Gerardo González, an administrator and professor at California State University San Marcos, has been selected to participate in a prestigious program for Hispanic leaders in higher education-the 2005-2006 HACU-Kellogg Leadership Fellows Program.

The program was designed by the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) to increase the number of Hispanic senior-level leaders at colleges and universities. Currently, Hispanics make up less than four percent of all college presidents. In an effort to increase this number, HACU selects 10 fellows yearly and provides them with training aimed at developing the leadership skills needed to be a successful senior-level administrator. The program also focuses on developing skills needed to manage issues unique to Hispanic Serving Institutions.

From July 2005 through June 2006, González will participate in six multiple-day trainings across the U.S. The first training will take place July 31 through Aug. 6 in Washington D.C.

At the university, González is director of the National Latino Research Center (NLRC), interim dean of graduate studies and a longtime faculty member in the Department of Psychology. He joined the university in 1991.

As director of the NLRC since July 2002, he provides overall leadership for the center's applied research and research-based services. Earlier this summer, he was also named interim dean of graduate studies.

As a professor of psychology his research activities have included the prevention and treatment of clinical depression via culturally sensitive cognitive-behavioral approaches and innovative computer-assisted assessment techniques. He has served as principal investigator on two major grants from the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Institute of General Medical Sciences. He has published numerous articles in refereed journals on bilingual and bicultural mental health issues, especially among Spanish-speaking populations.

González was awarded a Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology in Fresno and completed post doctoral fellowships at the University of California, Berkeley and University of California, San Francisco. His research has emphasized Latino and cultural/linguistic minority populations, including dropout prevention with Latino middle school children, college persistence in under-represented university students, and prevention of depression in primary care for Spanish-speaking populations.

The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) was established in 1986 and currently represents more than 400 colleges and universities committed to Hispanic higher education success in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Latin America and Spain.

González lives in San Marcos, California.

Contact: Paige Jennings, (760) 750-4048 or

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