Professor Mary Lou de Leon Siantz was recently appointed by UC Davis Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi as director for the new Center for the Advancement of Multicultural Perspectives on Science (CAMPOS). The center is part of a new effort, led by Katehi, to increase the participation of women, especially Latinas, in academic science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers.
Established by a grant of $3.725 million over five years from the National Science Foundation’s ADVANCE program, CAMPOS is a research center aimed at attracting women and Latina STEM scholars to UC Davis by providing an accessible and inclusive community of research collaborators and mentors throughout their careers.
CAMPOS is planned to be both a physical location for networking and exchanging ideas and a faculty-hiring initiative to increase diversity in key STEM fields. In making up to 16 new faculty hires, CAMPOS aims to build coalitions of STEM faculty who want to apply their research to serve underrepresented communities.
“I am honored to not only be representing the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing in the Chancellor’s initiative, but also for the recognition of the science behind the nursing profession and the critical role of Latina women in science for the 21st Century,” Siantz said.
Siantz is nationally recognized for her interdisciplinary efforts to prepare health professionals for leadership and policy, and internationally respected for her research in migrant health. As a professor at the School of Nursing, de Leon Siantz teaches, conducts research and mentors students in leadership policy and population health. Her research most recently focused on the impact of migration on the health and development of Hispanic migrant and immigrant children and families. Her current research, funded through the Office of Minority Health Department of Health and Human Service, focuses on the development of educational strengths of Hispanic immigrant adolescents and the promotion of their reproductive awareness.
In addition to her roles at the School of Nursing and CAMPOS, de Leon Siantz is the associate director of the Community Engagement and Research Program of the UC Davis Clinical and Translational Science Center. This program connects health researchers with communities of all kinds to ensure discoveries are translated into real-world interventions. She is also an affiliated faculty member with the Migration and Health Research Center, a collaboration between the UC Davis and UC Berkeley campuses that is dedicated to conducting research to improve the health of migrant populations in California and around the globe. She serves as a mentor faculty member of the NIH-funded UC Davis Latino Aging Research Resource Center.