Concha Delgado Gaitan

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Concha Delgado Gaitan is an award-winning Anthropologist in Education. She received her doctorate from Stanford University. As a professor and researcher at the University of California, Davis, her research with families, communities, and schools appears in numerous scholarly publications. Her books include, The Power of Community; Literacy for Empowerment; Crossing Cultural Borders; Creating Culturally Responsive Classrooms; Involving Latino Families in the Schools; Protean Literacy; School and Society, and Creating a College Culture for Latino Students.

Different from these books describing disenfranchised families and communities is Delgado Gaitan’s memoir, Prickly Cactus. In that book, she turns the lenses inward to describe and appreciate Eastern complementary health traditions along with Western medicine, family connections, and an extensive community in healing her major health crisis. Her consulting work in community development and public health education in diverse communities combines her dedicated interest in empowering families as well as social justice issues related to aging. She lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area.