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Dr. Harriett Romo

Director, Child & Adolescent Policy Research Institute

Director, UTSA Mexico Center

Director, Child & Adolescent Policy Research Institute Dr. Harriett Romo has a Master’s and Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California, San Diego, and postdoctoral studies in Sociology at Stanford University. She also has a Bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Master’s in Education from the University of California, Los Angeles.

At present, Dr. Harriett Romo is a Professor in the Department of Sociology at UTSA. She has also taught at the University of Texas at Austin, and at Texas State University. She has directed grant projects at CAPRI from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, U.S. Small Business Administration, the Rockefeller Foundation, and other local foundations. Her research interests include Latino children and schooling, early childhood education, immigrant families and children, and foster care youth.

Email: harriett.romo@utsa.edu


Sophia Ortiz, M.S.

Assistant Director, Child & Adolescent Policy Research Institute

Sophia M. Ortiz is the Assistant Director for the Child & Adolescent Policy Research Institute. She earned both her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science degrees in Sociology from the University of Texas at San Antonio.  Sophia Ortiz assists Dr. Romo with directing, planning, and organizing the Center and oversees all grant activities.

She also coordinates other projects in the CAPRI/ Mexico Center such as the LIFE (Learning in Informal and Formal Environment) Bilingual Baby Project, the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) / Foster Youth Grant, the Inman Center Teacher In-Service, and other grant projects in progress.
In addition, she is an Adjunct Professor at San Antonio College in the Department of Sociology and is an active member of the Adjunct Faculty Council and the Curriculum Review Committee.

Email: Sophia.Ortiz@utsa.edu
Phone:  (210) 458-2692
Fax: (210) 458-2569