Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Valerie McGinley

SCLAS Director of Planning and Management

Valerie McGinley has been with the Stone Center since 1995. Her responsibilities include overall planning and supervision of outreach activities, media and public relations including production of Center publications, and coordination of all funding initiatives of the Stone Center including major gift solicitation and institutional and foundation applications. Previous to her current position she coordinated educational outreach activities through the Latin American Resource Center. She holds a B.A. in Spanish and a M.Ed. in Second Language Instruction, both from Tulane University, and taught high school Spanish and adult ESL in the metro-New Orleans area.

Degrees

  • B.A., Tulane University, Spanish, 1991
  • M.Ed., Tulane University, Second Language Instruction, 1993

Related Experience

  • Director of Planning and Management, Stone Center for Latin American Studies, 2010-
  • Director of Development & External Programs, Stone Center for Latin American Studies, Tulane University, 2000-2010
  • Outreach Director, Stone Center for Latin American Studies, Tulane University, 1995-2000
  • Teacher of Spanish, Archbishop Rummel High School, 1993-1995

Distinctions

  • Secretary/Treasurer, Consortium of Latin American Studies, Tulane, 2014-
  • Tulane University Staff Excellence Award, 2007
  • President, Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs (CLASP), 2003-
  • Co-Founder, National Outreach Web Site for Title VI Centers, 2002
  • Outreach Committee Chair, CLASP, 1999-2001

Languages: Spanish; Portuguese

Selected Publications

  • 2013. “A Comprehensive Model for National Resource Center Evaluation.” With Avery Dickins de Girón. Demonstrating the Impact of National Resource Centers Conference, Columbus, OH.
  • 2009. “Professionalization of Outreach: A Continuing Challenge for Title VI Centers.” Title VI 50th Anniversary
    Conference, U.S. Department of Education and Michigan State University,
    Washington, D.C.
  • 2008. “Making the Argument for Depth Instead of Breadth in K-12 Outreach.” The IEPS International Education Forum: Fostering Connection, Collaboration, and Creative Ideas, Washington, D.C.
  • 2006. “Introduction to Best Practices in Outreach to the K-12 Community by the National Resource Centers for Area
    Studies,”_ Outreachworld.org_ http://outreachworld.org/article.asp?articleid=113.
  • 2006. Q’anil: Introduction to Kaqchikel Maya. Editor, Composition and Translator. With Marie Carianna and
    Judith Maxwell. New Orleans: Tulane University. CD-ROM.
  • 2002. “Latin American Resources for Educators.” Presented at the NEH Summer Institute for Teachers-The Hispanic Presence in Louisiana. Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA.
  • 2002. “Beyond the Book-Web-Based Materials for the K-12 Classroom-Problems and Possibilities,” and “Collaborations: An On-Line Guide to Best Practices in K-12 Outreach.” Presented at the National Outreach Conference for Area & International Studies. Madison, WI.
  • 2001. “Freedom Struggles in the Atlantic World: Focus on Latin America.” Pre-conference Teacher Workshop for the Tulane/Cambridge Conference on Freedom Struggles in the Atlantic World, Tulane.
  • 2000. “Educational Resources for Teaching About Latin America: Focus on Brazil.” Presented at Towards a Better Understanding of Brazil and Latin America. Sponsored by the Nine University and College International Consortium of Georgia. Morrow, Georgia.

Key Responsibilities

  • Assists Executive Director in all major fundraising initiatives such as gift solicitation, grant proposal preparation, prospect research, and alumni relations and acts as liaison to these constituencies.
  • Coordinates logistics, coordination, and implementation of projects, programs related to Latin America in the Stone Center and it’s affiliate centers and institutes
  • Directs Center’s public relations image through management of publication production.
  • Plans and supervises outreach initiatives of the Center.
  • Oversees compliance and reporting on all grant-funded activities.
  • Supervision of financial, logistical and risk management aspects of all Stone Center programs and projects

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