Professor José Alamillo is recognized for cultivating enduring bonds with students and community

Born in Zacatecas, Mexico, Alamillo came to the U.S. at the age of 7, following parents who were workers in the lemon industry. Growing up in Ventura, he took part in the University of California, Santa Barbara’s (UCSB) Educational Opportunity Program, which encourages minority students to pursue higher education. After graduating from UCSB, Alamillo earned his master’s and Ph.D. at University of California, Irvine and taught at Washington State University before coming to California State University Channel Islands in 2008.

In addition to teaching courses like Chicana/o History and Culture, Diversity in Latino/a Communities, and Contemporary Immigration Issues, Alamillo leads students in community-based projects. His classes have documented the stories of Ventura County’s braceros for an exhibition partnering with the Smithsonian Institution, showcased the role of Mexican-American women in baseball and softball, and preserved the history of Oxnard’s Wagon Wheel neighborhood.

He volunteers his time to the Mixteco/Indigena Community Organizing Project’s Tequio Scholarship Committee, Clergy & Laity United for Economic Justice-Ventura County’s Advisory Board, and on campus, he serves as the co-chair of the DREAMERS Taskforce, the Chicana/o Latina/o Faculty and Staff Association and the Faculty Mentorship Program.

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