Dr. Olivia Garcia
Olivia Garcia, PhD, serves as the Director for the Underserved Resource Center for the National Center for Victims of Crime. She completed her doctorate in Political Science from UCLA with an emphasis on Race and Ethnicity Politics, Gender Studies and Political Theory. Her research focuses on the Violence Against Women Act and the ways in which the theory of intersectionality is absent from policy, although it is a necessary consideration when on-the-ground advocates are helping foreign-born, Latina, immigrant victims of intimate partner violence. Given Dr. Garcia’s research background, her assistance with providing victim-centered resources for underserved populations is widely utilized by a variety of the NCVC’s current projects.
Some of her most recent accomplishments include her completion of a United Nations (UN) course on Women and Gender Empowerment. This course took Dr. Garcia to the UN headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. A co-authored publication on combating gender based violence in post-emergency situations is forthcoming.
For the last few years, Dr. Garcia has taught courses at the University of Florida and the University of Texas, El Paso (UTEP) and as a Teaching Fellow from the UCLA Center for American Politics and Public Policy. Dr. Garcia also served as the Director for the Hispanic-Latino Cultures Institute at the University of Florida and the Associate Director of the Graduate School’s Professional Development unit at UTEP.
Dr. Garcia received her Bachelor of Arts from Beloit College and studied at the University of Arizona where she received her Master of Arts in Political Science. Her first academic interest in Hispanic/Latino studies came with her Master’s thesis which was on the Chicano/a Southwest social movements. She has served as an adjunct faculty member at El Paso Community College in her hometown of El Paso, Texas since 2005 and is an affiliated faculty member with the University of Texas, El Paso’s Chicano Studies Department.
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