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P-20 Education Expert Joins UC Denver


DENVER (September 2, 2008) - The University of Colorado Denver recently announced Janet Lopez, PhD, former Deputy Director of Colorado Governor Bill Ritter's P-20 Education Council, as the new Director for P-20 Education Initiatives. Lopez begins in this role on September 3.

The P-20 Education Initiatives Director's primary responsibility is to coordinate, enhance and provide support for research, service and academic programming across the multiple UC Denver colleges, schools and academic units that engage in P-20 Education work. Lopez will create funding opportunities through grants, private foundations and entrepreneurial activities for participating faculty and staff and represent the university's P-20 Education initiatives to external audiences.

"The opportunity to return to the higher education community, while continuing to work on P-20 education initiatives, allows me to continue the work I am most passionate about and to feed off of the energy and enthusiasm of the faculty, staff and students on a college campus," said Lopez. "I am so excited to return to a higher education setting and to connect and collaborate with the University of Colorado Denver community."

As Deputy Director of Colorado Governor Bill Ritter's P-20 Education Council, Lopez assisted the Council in formulating state policy recommendations for the Governor regarding his education policy agenda. Those policy recommendations, which range from pre-school through graduate school education issues, influence the Governor's legislative agenda each year during the General Assembly.

Lopez earned her PhD in May 2007 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Education in Culture, Curriculum and Change. She received her BA in psychology at Southwestern University and her MA in Educational Policy, Foundation and Practice from the University of Colorado at Boulder. During her time in graduate school, Lopez's research focused on access to higher education for low-income Latina/o students. While at UNC-Chapel Hill, she also served as the director of the Scholars' Latino Initiative, a mentoring/college prep program for recent Latino immigrant students in North Carolina. Before joining the Governor's staff, Lopez worked at the State Higher Education Executive Offices and the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Currently, Janet serves on the Board of The Latina Initiative, a non-profit which cultivates the civic and political engagement of Latinas in the state of Colorado.

The University of Colorado Denver is one of three universities in the University of Colorado system. Located in Denver on the Downtown Campus and at Ninth & Colorado Blvd., and on the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, Colo., University of Colorado Denver offers more than 100 degrees and programs in 13 schools and colleges and serving more than 28,000 students in Metro Denver and online. For more information, visit the UC Denver Newsroom.

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