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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.


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


  • 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


  • Spanish
  • Portuguese

Overseas Experience

  • Spain
  • Mexico
  • Guatemala
  • Brazil

Related Experience

Selected Publications

  • 2017. "Collaboration and Community: From New Orleans to Haiti," with Shearon Roberts. Creating Equity of Opportunity in Education through Latin American Studies. Latin American Studies Association 2017 Conference. Lima, Peru.
  • 2013. “A Comprehensive Model for National Resource Center Evaluation.” With Avery Dickins de Girón. Demonstrating the Impact of National Resource Centers Conference, Columbus, OH.
  • 2012. "Brazilian Portuguese - Language and Culture: A Short Course Experience," with Renée Zicman, Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo. Conference of the Americas on International Education (CAEI). Río de Janeiro, Brazil.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

Stone Center Departments

The Stone Center

People Classification



Central America, Iberian Peninsula, North America