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Meet Cynthia Gomez
Meet Cynthia Gomez

Cynthia Carmina Gómez is the Executive Director of the Cultural Resource Centers in the Department of Diversity & Multicultural Affairs. While Cynthia's main role on campus is in student affairs, she loves the classroom. Since 1999, she has taught course ranging from Chicano/Latino Studies and Women's Studies to Public Administration. Today, she is an affiliated faculty member in University Studies teaching undergraduates enrolled in the general education Senior Capstone community-based learning program. In its 10th year, Greenspaces: Working with Latino Youth engages students in environmental justice experiences with adjudicated Latino youth enrolled in Latino Network's Summer Academia. Cynthia worked over 10 years for the Portland non-profit Latino Network, first as a board member, then in direct service as an adjudicated youth educational advocate, and most recently, as the Director of Civic Engagement and Leadership. Formerly, Cynthia worked as the PSU Coordinator for the Oregon Leadership Institute, where she taught college and high school Latino students in partnership with Portland Public Schools and the Oregon Council for Hispanic Advancement; worked for the non-profit Innovation Partnership; and operated her own consulting firm. While an Oregon Latino Agenda for Action board member, she co-published 2016 State of Latinos in Oregon Executive Summary. She served six years as a governor-appointed Commissioner for the Oregon Commission on Hispanic Affairs and Member Representative on the Environmental Justice Task Force. She is a member of UNIDOS for Oregon's Class IV and Leadership Portland's Class of 2012. In 2015, Cynthia was awarded the Governors' Gold Award in Civic Leadership. Cynthia is currently a candidate in the MFA Creative Writing Nonfiction Program at PSU. Her piece on the renaming of Cesar Chavez BLVD in Portland, Oregon was published in Oregon Humanities Magazine in April 2019.