Bilingual, Colorado - The Purple State, Latino Issues, Racial Issues/Hate Crime, Social Justice, Spanish
Latino public policy issues and concerns, Diversity in American society, Chicana/o studies, Latino youth leadership development, Poetry
Department: Chicana/o Studies
Office Phone: 303-615-1166
Alternate Phone: 303-868-9025
Interviewed by: 9NEWS, Fox News, Univision, Viva Colorado, The Denver Post, Hispanically Speaking News, FOX News Latino, Denver7, Colorado Community Media, Latin Life Denver, Colorado Politics
Additional Languages Spoken: Español
Ramon Del Castillo is a professor of the Chiana/or Studies Department. He has taught at Metropolitan State University of Denver since 1984. Del Castillo’s publications include "Institutionalizing Curanderismo in Colorado's Community Mental Health System," "Institutionalizing Curanderismo into a Mainstream Healing System: Boundary Spanners and Innovation in Action” and "The Life History of Diana Velazquez: La Curandera Total."
As past Chair of the Masters Program in Nonprofit Program at Regis University (1999-2005), he directed educational services and program development for the department and taught classes in the history of the nonprofit sector, leadership, ethics, managing diversity in organizations and the capstone project. He traveled to Mexico for 5 years, developing collaborative bi-national curricula between the nonprofit and civil society sectors through the “Making Connections in Mexico Program,” in collaboration with ITESO Jesuit University, located in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico.
Del Castillo possess a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a double major in Sociology and Mexican American Studies from the University of Northern Colorado. He obtained master's degrees are in Social Science and Public Administration from the University of Colorado at Denver (UCD) and his Ph.D. from the Graduate School of Public Affairs at the same university. His master's research was on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Chicano Viet Nam Veterans and his doctoral dissertation, examined Curanderismo, a traditional approach to holistic and spiritual healing, using theories of innovation to critique the institutionalization process within a publicly funded mental health agency.