Faculty Panel: Beyond the Ivory Tower

We are pleased to host Dr. Enrique Murillo, Dr. Cristina Santamaria Graff and Dr. Galm to share their experiences as civically engaged faculty. Please join us on Thursday, April 8th, 3pm EST. Register here for tickets

Dr. Enrique Murillo is Professor of Education at California State University, San Bernardino, where he also serves as the Faculty Director for the CSUSB Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership Program, and is Founder and Executive Director of the LEAD organization (Latino Education & Advocacy Days). He is the founding Editor-in-Chief of both the Journal of Latinos and Education (JLE), and of the Handbook of Latinos and Education (HLE). Additionally, he is the Founder of the National Latino Education Network (NLEN). Dr. Murillo is former California Student Aid Commissioner (CSAC), and served while implementing the California DREAM ACT. Dr. Murillo also serves as President of the Southern California Consortium of Hispanic-Serving Institutions. This consortium is made up of all the regional community colleges and 4-year universities who are Federal Department of Education designated Hispanic-Serving Institutions in So-Cal, from Santa Barbara to the southern border. There are more than 70 HSIs in the region, the largest in the US.

Dr. Murillo has been recognized with more than 50 local, regional, state, national and international governmental and congressional commendations. In 2016, Dr. Murillo was awarded the Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award from President Barack Obama and in 2014, Dr. Murillo was bestowed the Mexican government's Ohtli award. It is the highest honor presented to a civilian outside Mexico for "services rendered to the dissemination of Mexican culture abroad". 'Ohtli' is a Nahuatl word signifying 'path', and "he/she who opens pathways". He was also most recently awarded the "Simposio Internacional Premio" from the Ministry of Cuba, the Friend of Children Award by the Office of Catholic Schools, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Chicano Latino Caucus, as well as a Congressional Lifetime Achievement Recipient from the United States House of Representatives. In 2020 he was recognized by Campus Compact with the Thomas Ehrlich Civically Engaged Faculty Award.

Dr. Cristina Santamaría Graff is an Assistant Professor of Special Education, Urban Teacher Education at Indiana University Purdue University in Indianapolis (IUPUI) (Ph.D., University of Arizona, 2009). She has expertise in bilingual/multicultural special education and applies her skills in working with Latinx immigrant families of children with dis/abilities in family-centered and -driven projects. Her scholarship focuses on the ways community-engaged partnerships with families and other stakeholders can transform inequitable practices impacting youth with dis/abilities at the intersections of race, language, and other identity markers of difference. She is one of the Editors for the journal Multiple Voices: Disability, Race, and Language Intersections in Special Education, the AERA SIG Program Chair for Spirituality and Education and a Board Member of IN*SOURCE (Indiana Resource Center for Families with Special Needs). Her scholarship has been nationally recognized through The Ernest A. Lynton Scholarship of Engagement Award (2019) and AERA's award for Exemplary Contributions to Practice-Engaged Research (2019). Selected publications include: Co-investigation and co-education in ‘Family as Faculty’ approaches: A repositioning of power (2021), Examining preservice special education teachers’ biases and evolving understandings about families through a Family as Faculty approach (2020), and Models of School-Family Relations (with Dr. Brandon Sherman) (2020).

Dr. Eric Galm is Professor of music, chair of the music department, co-director of the Center for Caribbean Studies, co-chair of the Urban-Global Arts Initiative and a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Fellow at Trinity College in Hartford Connecticut. He founded the Trinity Samba Ensemble and the Samba Fest, a regional music festival that has presented the United States debut performances of numerous Brazilian artists. As a scholar-musician, he has conducted research, presented and performed in Brazil, Cuba, Trinidad, the United States and Canada. In addition, to currently serving as a selection committee member for the national Fulbright Fellowship Program and the Southern New England Apprenticeship Program, Galm has also developed interactive presentations on intersections between music and culture for public school systems, the Connecticut State Department of Education and others, as well as an online EdX world music course that has attracted nearly 4,000 enrollments. He has performed with icon Pete Seeger and has recorded several CDs including traditional Renaissance music and Brazilian Jazz. Professor Galm has received awards from the Fulbright Fellowship Program, Latin Grammy Cultural Foundation, Trinity College (Trustee Award for Excellence and Hughes Teaching Achievement), the Community Music Center of Boston’s prize for teaching excellence, the 2020 Steve Balcanoff Award for community engagement from the Hartford-based Southside Institutions Neighborhood Alliance, and was a National Finalist for the Thomas Ehrlich Civically Engaged Faculty Award. He holds degrees from Wesleyan University, Tufts University and the University of Michigan, and performance certificates from Escola Brasileira de Música and Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro.