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Rhonda M. Gonzales is Professor of African and African Diaspora History. Associate Vice Provost for Strategic Initiatives, and Director of PIVOT for Academic Success at The University of Texas at San Antonio. Gonzales is an American Council on Education Fellow. The National Endowment for the Humanities, Andrew Mellon Foundation, Ford Foundation, and The American Historical Association have supported her research on the history of women and their roles in sustaining and transforming communities through religion, medicine and economy in precolonial Africa and in the African Diaspora in Mexico.  Her publications include Bantu Africa, 3500 BCE to Present, Societies, Religion, and History: Central East Tanzanians and the World They Created, c. 200 BCE to 1800 CE, “No Friends in the Holy Office: Black and Mulata Women Healing Communities and Answering to the Inquisition in Seventeenth Century Mexico,” among others. This May and June, she spent seven weeks doing NEH-supported field research in Zambia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. As a first-generation college graduate, she is passionate about envisioning and implementing programming and best practices to support the success of under-represented minorities, first-generation, transition, low SES, and STEM students through to graduation. She is the recipient of a $3.25 million Department of Education Title-V Grant that has initiated four student success programs at The University of Texas at San Antonio: First to Go and Graduate, the Roadrunner Transition Experience, Alamo Runners, and Math Matters, as well as $3.6 million to build out an Emporium delivered core math and the development of a LEAD I and II summer bridge experiences for UTSA freshmen and sophomores.     


Rhonda M. Gonzales is from Long Beach, California. She holds a BA in Sociology and an MA and PhD in History from UCLA. 


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