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Adela de la Torre

Vice Chancellor de la Torre is an agricultural and health economist as well as an internationally recognized expert on social determinants of Latino and Chicano health. She has served in several academic leadership roles at the California State University, University of Arizona, and now, at UC Davis. While at the University of Arizona, Dr. de la Torre successfully developed the first graduate program in Mexican American Studies, and she also founded the College of Medicine's first federally funded Hispanic Center of Excellence. During her time at UC Davis, she has successfully generated more than $19 million in external funds to support educational outreach, recruitment, health education and training programs. Most recently, Dr. de la Torre was awarded a $4.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute for Food and Agriculture to study ways to combat obesity in children of Mexican heritage. Dr. de la Torre has both a personal and professional commitment to creating a more balanced and integrated environment for UC Davis students, linking their approach to academic success more closely with personal health and well-being objectives. As Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs, she has focused on multiple initiatives to bring additional funding sources to UC Davis, to support student wellness and alleviate educational debt. This work includes a recently established partnership with the Cal Aggie Alumni Association to raise scholarship funds for students from the Central Valley.