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Giovanni Hortua



Giovanni Hortua

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Academic Affairs
Pacific Oaks College
Address Map of 45 W Eureka Street Pasadena CA 91103
45 W Eureka Street
Pasadena, CA 91103

For over 15 years, as professor, writer, researcher, counselor, peer mentor, student mentor, my journey has taken me to spaces across the globe that have fueled my passion in working with community and embracing the spirit of resistance, art, literature, sport, and humanity. I earned my PhD in Latin American Studies and United States History, with an emphasis on Critical Race Theory, from the University of California, Irvine and have served various institutions here and abroad. As a Colombian American, I testify to the challenges of being from "here" and "there" and at the same time "ni de aquí ni de allá". As "Dr. Gio", I have made it a personal mission to remind students that their ancestral resilience is a vital key to recognizing the continual trials and tribulations faced by communities today. The struggle continues...and our relationship to the struggle defines how we see the world and envision the future.

Education History
Degree Institution Year
PhD in History, Latin American Studies, US History, Critical Race Theory Emphasis UC Irvine, Irvine, CA 2013
MA in History-Latin America and US History UC Irvine, Irvine, CA 2007
BA in Philosophy CSULB, Long Beach, CA 2000
Professional Memberships
Role Organization
Member American Historical Association
Member Latin American Studies Association
Member NAACP-San Diego Chapter
Member Museum of Latin American Art-Long Beach
Member National Museum of African American History and Culture
Mentor Advisor and Coordinator PUENTE-Cypress College
Mentor Advisor and Coordinator Legacy/A2Mend-Cypress College

Giovanni Hortua and Melissa Hidalgo (2021). “Ehhhhh pu!... what?”: A critical conversation about Mexican football fandom and the word at the center of a homophobic chant.. In Football CollectiveUnited Kingdom: Routledge.


Giovanni Hortua, Kathryn Hughes, et al. (2022). Opportunities to Serve Latinx Students in Online Programs at Hispanic Serving Institutions in Higher Education. 12th International Conference: The Future of Education: Hybrid Edition. (N/A).

Giovanni Hortua and Camille Huggins (2022). “Parent Mental Health Tips from Experts Who Led Local Workshops”. PBS SoCal.

Curriculum Vitae
Professional Skills
General Education, MFT, Immigration, Latinx Culture, Social Justice, Gender and Sexuality
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