University of Chicago, Chicago, IL.
Ph.D., Sociology, 2010
Dissertation Title: Crisis in Foxilandia: Neoliberal Restructuring and the Work Lives of Mexican Professionals during the Fox Administration (2000-2006)
M.A., Sociology, 2002
Thesis Title: Mexicas, Cosmopolitans and Cosmic Citizens: Morality and Cultural Identity in an Age of Globalization
University of California, Santa Barbara, CA.
B.A., Sociology (Honors; Distinction in the Major), 1997
Carmen Henne-Ochoa brings 15 years of experience working in diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education. She directly engages and collaborates with students, faculty, and staff to build active educational and social capital with the ultimate goal of ensuring that all students have an opportunity at academic excellence. In her current role, she is responsible for implementing and advancing key aspects of the University’s Diversity Plan. This includes enhancing campus climate via her intensive training of hundreds of staff and faculty. Other initiatives she has pioneered, led and developed are aimed at retaining and easing the success of underrepresented students in higher education. To this work, she brings her experiences as a first-generation Latina in higher education, her knowledge—based on her research and teaching—of social stratification and systems of (in)equality, and a deep commitment to social justice.
Bucknell University, Lewisburg PA.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Fellow, Office of the Provost, July 2015-Present.
Develop, direct, oversee, promote, and collaborate on a wide range of strategic diversity, inclusion, equity, and social justice initiatives and efforts. Among other responsibilities, direct and serve as lead facilitator for the Inclusive Excellence Professional Development Series, a multi-phase diversity training program for faculty and staff; develop and facilitate a range of training workshops for units and departments across campus (e.g., proactive search hiring strategies for faculty and staff); direct the GenFirst!@Bucknell, a multi-pronged initiative that seeks to ease academic success for first-generation college students; direct and oversee Community Dinners, campus-wide monthly dinners that provide students, faculty, and staff an opportunity to engage in authentic and meaningful “dialogues across difference.”
Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, 2013-2015.
Lecturer, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, 2012.
PROFESSIONAL and LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCE (Selection)
Directs and is Lead Facilitator, “Inclusive Excellence Professional Development Series.” Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA. 2015 – Present.
Significant role in developing the Series, an intensive 9-hour diversity and inclusion training program for faculty and staff. As lead facilitator, facilitates weekly sessions with faculty and staff on issues of implicit biases, cognitive errors, cultural competency and to promote attitudinal, curricular, and co-curricular transformation.
Founded and Directs, “GenFirst!@Bucknell initiative.” Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA. 2015 – Present.
Founded and directs GenFirst!@Bucknell, an initiative that involves strategic planning and programming to better serve first-generation college students. Developed the GenFirst! Mentoring Program, a key component of GenFirst!@Bucknell. Works with students, staff, and faculty to ease first-gens’ academic success, strengthen their academic-relevant selves, and guide them to see and utilize their differences and their unique cultural capital.
Co-facilitator, Proactive Search and Hiring Strategies Workshop. Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA. 2016-Present.
Workshop addresses strategies for a proactive search and hiring process aimed at increasing the diversity of faculty, staff, and administrators. Topics addressed include best practices, and implicit bias, selective attention, and other cognitive errors that impede faculty, staff, and administrative search processes.
Co-facilitator, New Faculty Orientation Workshop on Diversity & Inclusive Pedagogies. Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA. 2016-Present.
Workshop focuses on the experiences of diverse students in the classroom and on campus. Topics addressed with faculty: impact of professors’ and students’ identities on the classroom environment; inclusive practices; cultural understanding vs. stereotyping; fairness vs. equity; expectations vs. flexibility; studied experience vs. lived experience, among other topics.
Directs and Oversees, “Bucknell Community Dinners – Meaningful Dialogues Across Difference.” Bucknell University. Lewisburg, PA. August 2016-Present.
Directs and oversees monthly Dinners that have as their goal to help create and maintain a more inclusive, culturally competent campus community, as well as to connect those interested in building community and addressing institutional concerns. Works with student and faculty/staff hosts to identify diversity-focused topics and provocative, difficult, and meaningful questions for conversation; provides guidance in terms of content and format for Dinner conversations; promotes Dinners across campus.
Co-organizer, Diversity Summit. Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA. 2016-Present.
Annual campus-wide Summit explores and examines intersecting forms of oppression, including racism, sexism, heterosexism, transphobia, classism, and ableism, among others. Provide concrete opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to develop and strengthen knowledge, skills, and habits of mind necessary for meaningful and productive work in challenging institutional and individual discrimination and oppression.
- “Identity, Inclusion & Social Transformation: Centering Class, Power & Privilege.” March, 2018 (3rd Annual Summit). Keynote speaker: Elizabeth Armstrong.
- “Identity, Inclusion & Social Transformation: Centering Gender, Power & Privilege.” April, 2017 (2nd Annual Summit). Keynote speaker: Barry Jenkins.
- “Identity, Inclusion & Social Transformation: Centering Race, Power & Privilege.” April, 2016 (Inaugural). Keynote speaker: Melissa Harris-Perry.
Facilitator, Training for various campus units/departments. Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA. 2015 – Present.
- Office of Admissions – “Recognizing and Mitigating Implicit Bias and Cognitive Errors in the Application Reading Process”
- Office of Public Safety – “Transformative Values”
Facilitator, Student Leadership Training Workshops. Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA. 2013-Present.
On an ongoing basis, provides training for student leaders and organizations.
- Common Ground. Facilitates training with student leaders to equip them to facilitate challenging conversations with their peers on a variety of topics, especially race and ethnicity, racism, and cross-cultural relationships.
- Lesson on Leadership Series (LOL). Leadership and Cultural Dexterity.
- Panhellenic. Implicit Biases in the Sorority Recruitment Process.
Co-organizer and co-facilitator, “Faculty Learning Community (FLC) – Difficult Dialogues in the Classroom.” Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA. 2014- 2015.
Over the course of an academic year, organized, co-facilitated, and participated in a “Faculty Learning Community” focused on best practices for facilitating difficult/intergroup dialogue. Identified and modeled effective strategies for faculty to facilitate intergroup dialogues in the classroom.
Co-organizer and panelist, “I Can’t Breathe: The Continuing Struggle for Racial Justice.” Martin Luther King Teach-In, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA. 2015.
Significant role in organizing university-wide MLK teach-in. Overall goal of teach in was to improve campus members’ racial literacy and historical knowledge of civil rights, racial oppression, and racial justice. Involved in laying out and planning faculty participation in the teach-in. Invited as a panelist to address structural racism.
Facilitator, “Difficult Dialogues: Cultivating Ways Forward.” Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA. 2015.
Facilitated a conversation among 25 (predominantly white) faculty across a wide range of disciplines. Theme of facilitated conversation: “What makes it difficult to talk about race and racism in your class(es)?” Goal of conversation was to better prepare faculty to navigate racial moments in their classrooms and on campus.
Facilitator, “A Conversation with Common—Artist and Activist.” Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA. 2015.
Facilitated conversation between Bucknell students and Common, the African American recording artist and actor. Conversation centered on race relations, events in Ferguson, Common’s experiences on the set of Selma, and the Common Ground Foundation, which seeks to empower underrepresented youth.
Member, faculty and staff Diversity Action Team, an educational and advocacy group, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA. 2016-Present.
Advises, provides critical feedback to, and collaborates with the Associate Provost for DEI to contribute to the effective implementation of the Diversity Plan. Ensures that the Associate Provost for DEI (and therefore the Diversity Council) is well-informed about and responsive to faculty, staff, and student concerns related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Selection Committee Member, Posse Scholars Program. Posse Foundation Washington, D.C., 2015
Participated with Bucknell and with the Posse Foundation—a college access and leadership program—in the selection committee that brought exceptional student leaders and scholars (D.C. Posse Scholars, class of 2020) to the Bucknell community.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND CERTIFICATION (Selection)
Participant, American Council on Education (PA –ACE Women’s Network) Leadership Conference and Retreat. Cabrini University, Radnor, PA. July 2017.
Retreat addressed, among other topics, best practices and strategies for building cultures of leadership on campuses; diversity, equity and inclusion institutional reforms and challenges to establishing a culture of accountability.
Participant, Higher Education Resource Services (HERS). Bryn Mawr College, PA. July 2017.
Received Certificate of Completion. Selected to participate in an intensive 11-day institute focused on preparing women faculty and administrators for leadership roles in higher education. In applied format, developed knowledge and institutional awareness in the following areas: trends and evolution in higher education; academic and student affairs; financial affairs (e.g., budgets; fundraising; development/advancement); and, inclusive excellence, among others. Developed a leadership project that was predefined in preparation for participating in the Institute.
Participant, “StirFry Seminars and Consulting Cross-Cultural Facilitation Skills Training.” Berkeley, CA. 2015.
Selected to participate in a five-day intensive training workshop facilitated by diversity trainer, Lee Mun Wah. Developed proficiency in techniques meant to enhance understanding of the impact of culture on relationships. Practiced steps for facilitating dialogues about difficult diversity issues in ways that further group functioning and group outcome; further developed skills for gaining trust and respect of culturally diverse individuals; developed awareness of obstacles in facilitating dialogue with diverse groups.
Participant, “Interactive Theatre: Promoting Difficult Dialogues to Address Inequities in Engineering Education.” Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA. 2015.
Workshop facilitated by Susan M. Lord, Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of San Diego. In interactive format, explored structures of inequity in engineering culture, addressed common myths, and engaged in strategies to avoid biases.
Participant, Transformational Intergroup Dialogue Train-the-Trainer Program.” Temple University. Philadelphia, PA. 2014.
Selected to participate in a three-day intensive training focused on improving skills in developing, implementing, and facilitating intergroup dialogues (i.e., on race, social class, gender, sexual orientation, religion), cross-cultural communication, and intercultural relations.
Participant, “Facilitating Difficult Diversity Conversations Inside and Outside the Classroom.” Bucknell University. Lewisburg, PA. 2014.
Workshop facilitated by diversity trainer, Lee Mun Wah. In applied/experiential format, practiced listening and observation techniques; utilized the Art of Inquiry to improve dialogue around issues of diversity and difference (e.g., race, class, sexuality, gender) for modeling in the classroom.
Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) Annual Meeting: Can Higher Education Recapture the Elusive American Dream? Washington, D.C., January 24-27, 2018.
Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) Annual Meeting: Building Trust in the Promise of Liberal Education and Inclusive Excellence. San Francisco, CA, January 25-28, 2017.
Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) Network for Academic Renewal Conference, Diversity, Learning, and Student Success: Shifting Paradigms and Challenging Mindsets, Philadelphia, PA, March 17-19, 2016.
Annual Meeting of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), Washington, D.C., January 20-23, 2016.
Creating Connections Consortium (C3 Summit). Practicing Communities: The Transformative Power of Race in the Academy. Bates College. Lewistown, ME, November 13-15, 2015.
With Shirley Lin and Lauren Rauscher. Implementing Diversity Initiatives for Sustained Institutional Change: Challenges and Opportunities. Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U). Diversity, Equity, and Inclusive Democracy: The Inconvenient Truths. San Diego, CA. March 22–24, 2018.
With Bridget M. Newell, and Atiya Stokes-Brown. Modeling Diversity and Inclusion: The Impact of a CDO-led Team Model on Campus Climate. Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U). Diversity, Learning, and Student Success: Voices Leading Change. Jacksonville, Florida, March 16–18, 2017.
To Emigrate or Not to Emigrate: Towards a Cultural Understanding of Why Mexican Professionals Stay in Their Home Country. LASA 2014 Democracy and Memory. Chicago, IL. May 21-24, 2014.
Understanding Mexico’s Politico-Economic Context through the Eyes of Middle-Class Mexicans. Transnational Connectedness. University of Indiana, Bloomington, IN. 2006.
Mexicas, Cosmopolitans and Cosmic Citizens: Morality and Identity in an Age of Globalization. Globalizations G2002: Cultural, Democratic, Economic. University of Maryland. 2002.
Conceptualizing Morality in an Era of Globalization. Ethnography 2002. Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago IL. 2002.
Panel Moderator, “Lessons Learned: Stories from Black and Latinx Professionals.” New York, NY. April 24, 2018.
Panel Moderator, “Interrogating the Meaning of Success: Strategies for Black and Latinx Professionals in the Workplace.” New York, NY. March 9, 2017.
Invited Talk, “White Americans as Catalysts for Racial Justice.” TEDxBucknell. Campus Theater, Lewisburg, PA. April 10, 2016.
Panelist, “We Can’t Breathe: The Continuing Struggle for Racial Justice.” Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA. January 19, 2015.
Invited Talk, “The Dream Act.” Fearless Latino Voices, 17th Annual Latino Symposium. Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, PA. 2012.
Invited Talk, “Professionals-Turned-Taxi Drivers and Sausage Vendors: Surviving in the Aftermath of Neoliberal Restructuring.” Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN. 2009.
Refereed Journal Articles
Henne-Ochoa, Carmen. 2016. “To Emigrate or Not to Emigrate: A Sociocultural Understanding of Mexican Professionals’ Logic of (Im)mobility.” Norteamérica, 11(2):31-62.
Ochoa Álvarez, Carmen. 2008. “Immigration from the Inside Out: Understanding Mexico’s Job(less) Situation through the Views of Middle-Class Mexicans.” Journal of Latin American Perspectives, 35 (1):120-134.
WORKS IN PROGRESS
Proposed title – “From Silence to Productive Discomfort: First-Year Students Talk About Identity-Based Differences.”
Proposed title – Modeling Diversity and Inclusion: The Impact of a CDO-led Team Model on Campus Climate.”
GRANTS AND FELLOWSHIPS
Tom Greaves Fund for Research and Curricular Development. Research funds. Sociology and Anthropology Department, Bucknell University. 2015.
The Center for the Study of The Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity, and Gender (CSREG). Research funds. Bucknell University. 2014.
Henderson Dissertation Fellowship. Funded dissertation write-up. 2007.
The Organization of American States. Funded two years of dissertation research (2003-2005). 2003.
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Funded data collection for Master’s thesis. 2000.
PROFESSIONAL SERVICE (Selection)
Search Committee Member, Associate Dean of Students for Diversity and Inclusion. Bucknell University. 2015-2016.
Faculty Co-organizer and Co-facilitator, Faculty Learning Community: Difficult Dialogues/Diversity Dialogues. Bucknell University. 2014-2015.
Faculty Advisor, Bison Firsts, a student-run campus organization whose purpose is to build community among first-generation students and help provide connections to resources on campus. Bucknell University. 2014-2015.
Faculty Advisor, Latinx Alliance for Community and Opportunity (LACOS), a student-run campus organization whose purpose is to build community, explore identity, and develop cultural awareness of cultures within the Latino diaspora. Bucknell University. 2013-2014.
Board member, Book Review Editorial Board, American Journal of Sociology, University of Chicago. 2002-2003.
Conference Organizer, Conference: Ethnography 2002, Illinois Institute of Technology. 2002.
Reviewer, manuscript reviews for the American Journal of Sociology.
SERVICE TO LOCAL COMMUNITY
Board Member, Donald Heiter Community Center. Lewisburg, PA. 2012-2013.
Spanish – Fluency in speaking, reading, and writing.