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Professor To Lead Cultural Education Initiative At SDSU

Photo credit: Courtesy of Ramona Pérez

Ramona Pérez, Ph.D., is pictured in this undated photo.

Ramona Pérez, Ph.D., will lead San Diego State University's cultural education initiative as the chair of Aztec Culture Education for the Aztec Governing Committee.

She is an SDSU professor of anthropology and also directs the Center for Latin American Studies.

Pérez was named chair by SDSU President Dr. Adela de la Torre earlier this month.

The Aztec Governing Committee was created by a taskforce report on the appropriateness of using the Aztec name to represent San Diego State University.

The Aztec Governing Committee's "overall mission is to have all of the key governing bodies of the university participate in the overall movement of cultural education and events around Aztec identity," Pérez said.

Pérez said some ways the university will be implementing this cultural education is to hold events with people who can help the university community better understand the Nahuatl empire and the contemporary Nahuatl people; a healing garden; and an online education program for all incoming students that includes information on how the university came to be associated with the Aztecs, about its location on Kumeyaay land and the issue of cultural appropriation.

RELATED: As Faculty, Students Revive Mascot Debate, SDSU Revives Its Aztec Language Course

Pérez joins Midday Edition Thursday to discuss her new role.

Professor To Lead Cultural Education Initiative At SDSU


Ramona Pérez, Ph.D., chair of Aztec Culture Education, Aztec Governing Committee



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