UCSB sociology professor Denise Segura has recently received the Outstanding Latina Faculty in Higher Education Award, presented by the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE).

According to a UCSB press release, Segura, who also serves as president-elect of Sociologists for Women in Society – the largest organized feminist studies group in its field – will be presented with the AAHHE’s award later this week.

Segura has made a name for herself largely with her research in social stratification, mobility, and inequality within Latino and Chicano populations in the United States. The AAHHE’s award recognizes her work both in education and in research surrounding Hispanic culture. “To have your research acknowledged by your peers if very gratifying,” said Segura of the award. Segura is proud this year to represent a community of scholars working on addressing “issues of pressing concern to Latino populations.”

The AAHHE is an organization concerned with bringing Hispanic issues to the attention of the larger academic community and supporting Hispanic faculty and their work in the world of higher education.

Segura is the first Chicana elected to the office of president of Sociologists for Women in Society, a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing the professional opportunities for women in sociology and creating social equality. Segura also continues serving as an affiliated faculty member in the departments of feminist studies, Chicano/a studies, and Latin American and Iberian studies at UCSB.


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