June 5, 2007
For immediate release
Nicolasa Sandoval of the Gevirtz School first Chumash to receive a Ph.D. from UC Santa Barbara
Nicolasa Sandoval, who will receive her Ph.D. in Education from UC Santa Barbara this June, is the first Chumash to receive a doctorate from UC Santa Barbara. Her thesis “Bridging Generations: American Indian Family Perceptions of Home School Partnerships” investigates and documents the perceptions of parents and families of Chumash elementary and secondary school students in local and regional schools. Her thesis advisor was Dr. Julian Weissglass of the Department of Education.
Before coming to UCSB, Ms. Sandoval worked for seven years at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington DC. As Assistant Director for Community Services at Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) from 1999 until 2002, she conceptualized, delivered, and evaluated outreach products and services targeting Native American communities in the Western Hemisphere.
Sandoval currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History and the California Indian Museum and Cultural Center. From the Chumash community located on the Santa Ynez Indian Reservation in California, Sandoval has dedicated her personal and professional life to increasing community access to artistic, cultural, and educational resources. She serves nonprofit organizations throughout the central coast in her work with the Nonprofit Support Center.
[Nicolasa Sandoval is available for interviews; contact George Yatchisin at 805 893 5789]
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