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Deborah Romero

Deborah Romero

Director of Engagement

Office of Engagement

Contact Information

Mailing Address
University of Northern Colorado
Office of Engagement
Campus Box 21
Greeley, CO 80639


Professional/Academic Experience

Deborah Romero currently serves as Director for Engagement at UNC, overseeing the Community and Civic Engagement strategic plan and working to support faculty, students and community in engaged teaching and learning and scholarship. Romero is faculty in Hispanic Studies where she teaches undergraduate classes in English as a Second Language and Applied Linguistics, and actively encourages engaged learning and research in her courses. She also teaches graduate classes for the MAT program in College of Education and Behavioral Sciences.

Romero has extensive experience partnering with K-12 schools and her research interests focus on engaged scholarship and collaborations with local teachers and culturally and linguistically diverse immigrant communities, supporting and understanding multilingualism, literacies, and identity development. She has published journal articles and book chapters in both English and Spanish and delivered numerous professional conference presentations and workshops.  

With more than 20 years in higher education, Romero has an established record of leadership, scholarship, community engagement and development. She previously served as assistant professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and The Monterrey Institute of Technology, Mexico, and as program chair at the Autonomous University Queretaro, Mexico. She currently works closely with the City of Greeley, University Relations, and serves on the Campus Compact of the Mountain West Advisory Board.

Research/Areas of Interest

Publications/Creative Works

Romero, D. & Romero, A. M. (2016). From college to classroom: Programmatic support for pre-service teachers for multilingual and multicultural learners. U.S. Journal of the World Federation of Associations of Teacher Education. 1(1), 24-34. https://www.worldfate.org/docpdf/journal_01-01.pdf

Huang, J., Berg, M., Romero, D., & Walker, D. (2016). In-service teacher development for culturally and linguistically responsive pedagogy: the impact of a collaborative project between k-12 schools and a teacher preparation institution. Journal of the World Federation of Associations of Teacher Education. 1(1), 80-101. https://www.worldfate.org/docpdf/journal_01-01.pdf

Romero, D. (2014). Riding the Bus: Symbol and Vehicle for Boundary Spanning. Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement. 18(3), 41-54. http://openjournals.libs.uga.edu/index.php/jheoe/article/view/1309

Romero, D. (2013). The Power of Stories to Build Partnerships and Shape Change. The Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship.6(1), 11-18. http://jces.ua.edu/category/jces-vol-6-no-1/

Romero, D. (2013). Youth Media: making it in the world. In C. Faltis and S. Chappell, (Eds.), The Arts and Emergent Bilingual Youth. Building Culturally Responsive, Critical and Creative Education in Schools and Community Contexts (pp. 145-151). New York: Routledge. https://books.google.com/books/about/The_Arts_and_Emergent_Bilingual_Youth.html?id=AqxiildyO3UC

Romero, D., & Walker, D. (2010). Ethical dilemmas in re-presentation: Engaging participative youth. Ethnography and Education.5(2), 209-227. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/17457823.2010.493409

Romero, D., & Walker, D. (2010). Pushing the Boundaries of Writing: The Consequentiality of Visualizing Voice in Bilingual Youth Radio. In C. Bazerman, P. Rogers & K. Stansell (Eds.), Traditions of Writing Research (pp. 224-236). New York: Routledge. https://www.routledge.com/Traditions-of-Writing-Research/BAZERMAN-Krut-LUNSFORD-McLeod-Null-Rogers-Stansell/p/book/9780415993388

Walker, D., & Romero, D. (2008). When 'Literacy is a Bennie': Researching Contested Literacies in a Bilingual Youth Radio Project. Ethnography and Education. 3(3), 283-296. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/17457820802305535

Perry-Romero, D., & Vernon, S. (2005). Conceptualizaciones infantiles del espanol escrito a partir de un idioma extranjero. Linguistica Mexicana, Asociacion Mexicana de Linguistica Aplicada., 2(1). http://www.amla.org.mx/

Duran, R., Duran, J., Ramirez, R., & Perry Romero, D. (2004). The Immigrant Parents' Computer Literacy Project: A Strategies Guide for Implementation (Educational Practice Report CREDE- 9088EPR10). Santa Cruz: Center for Research on Education, Diversity & Excellence. University of California.

Perry-Romero, D., & McKinney, M. (2004). Local schools empowering families through engagement in their children's literacy: A review of family literacy programs in NREA schools. Multicultural and Diversity Newsletter8(2), pp. 24-28: Multicultural and Diversity Committee, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. https://digitalscholarship.unlv.edu/co_educ_multicultural_diversity_newsletter/28/

Perry-Romero, D., & Green, J. (March 1, 2003). Reframing what counts in language and literacy research. [Review of the book Multilingual Literacies: Reading and writing in different worlds by Marilyn Martin-Jones & Kathryn Jones]. The International Journal of Bilingualism. 7(1), 95-98. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/13670069030070010702

Romero, D. (2003). Reflections on the Experiences and Challenges of New School Teachers on Diversity in their Classrooms. Multicultural and Diversity Newsletter 7(2), pp. 6-9): Multicultural and Diversity Committee, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. https://digitalscholarship.unlv.edu/co_educ_multicultural_diversity_newsletter/25/

Duran, R., Duran, J., Reyes-Sanchez, E., & Perry-Romero, D. (2001). Latino Immigrant Parents and Children Publishing Together in an After School Setting. Journal of Education for Students Placed At Risk (JESPAR), 6(2), 95-113. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1207/S15327671ESPR0601-2_6

Perry-Romero, D. (2000). Adquisicion y construction del espatiol escrito por nitios mexicanos en education bilingile. (Acquisition and Construction of Written Spanish by Mexican Children in Bilingual Education). Revista de Lenguas y Letras, (Centro de Estudios Linguisticos y Literarias, Autonomous University of Queretaro.). 2, 45-58.

Perry-Romero, D., & Vernon, S. (1998). Beginning Literacy in a Foreign Language: Socio-cognitive Construction. In S. Rodriguez Marquez (Eds.), La Psicologia en Mexico Hoy (Psychology in Mexico Today) (pp. 342-386). Queretaro: Autonomous University of Queretaro.