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Angharad Valdivia was one of the first Latina professors to be hired (1994), tenured (1998) and promoted (2005) at the University of Illinois. She was a foundational member of the Latina/Latino Studies Program (1994-2010) helping to pave the way for the program to become a department. Angharad has served in key administrative positions contributing to the creation of the Department of Media & Cinema Studies and overseeing the transition of the Institute of Communications Research into a college-wide PhD program. Her work as a faculty mentor has played a critical role in expanding institutional access to undergraduates, graduates and faculty women of color at the University of Illinois.