Thursday, March 16, 2000
Chuck McFadden (510) 987-9193



Alex M. Saragoza has been appointed University of California systemwide vice president for educational outreach, UC President Richard C. Atkinson announced today (March 16).

Saragoza has served as a faculty member in the UC Berkeley department of ethnic studies since 1986 and is the author of numerous articles and essays on Mexican culture and history, the mass media in Mexican history, and the history of Mexican immigrants to the United States. He is the author of The Monterey Elite and the Mexican State, 1880-1940 and The Mass Media and the Mexican State: the Origins of Televisa, in press.

As systemwide vice president for educational outreach, Saragoza will oversee a complex and far-reaching effort by the University of California to prepare larger numbers of underrepresented minorities students for admission to the university and coordinate the university’s efforts to work with K-12 educators and other segments of higher education across the state to improve teacher quality and student performance.

"Dr. Saragoza’s broad cultural background and ability both as an academic and as an administrator will be of great benefit to the university’s crucial outreach program," Atkinson said. "He is a man of deep understanding and appreciation of our large and complex state and the promise it holds for the future."

Saragoza received his B.A. from Fresno State College in 1969, his M.A. from Harvard University in 1971 and his Ph.D. from UC San Diego in 1979. He has served as a panelist for history and social science content review to the California Department of Education, as a consultant to the Mt. Diablo (CA.) School District and the Oakland (CA.) Museum and has chaired the Committee on Educational Policy of the UC Academic Senate, Berkeley Division. He has also served as a mentor for the McNair and Haas Scholars Programs.

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