Campus Director Eric Castillo is at Springfield College Houston campus
  • Doctor of Philosophy, American Studies, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, N.M., 2011
  • Master of Arts, American Studies, University of New Mexico,   Albuquerque, N.M., 2007
  • Bachelor of Arts, Communication Arts/Media Studies, University of  the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, Texas, 2004

Eric Castillo, PhD is a second-generation Chicano/Mexican-American from south Texas and a first generation college graduate with a passion for social justice and education equity. With an academic career that spans 10 years and both academic and student affairs, Eric Castillo has a wealth of experience in leading centers, programs, and departments toward positive social change. His passion for justice, coupled with his professional and experiential knowledge, provide a platform to effectively advocate for students and communities.


Courses Taught

  • Senior Seminar

Professional Certifications and Memberships:

  • American Association for Adult and Continuing  Education
  • National Association for Human Services
  • College Art Association
  • National Hispanic Professionals Organization
  • League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC)


Community Service and Volunteer Work:

  •  Immigrant Rights 2008 - current
  •  Lakewood Church Servolution (2015 - current)
  •  Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement  (2015 -  current)


Research Interests

  •  Critical Race Studies
  •  Chicana/o Identity Politics
  •  Liberation Theology
  •  Social Justice Education

Selected Works


  • "Defining Success: Students of Color Navigating the Ivory Towers." Faculty of Color Awards, University of New Mexico. 2014. Keynote Address.
  • "We Make the Road By Walking: Trials and Triumphs Inside/Outside the Academy." Emerging Scholars Lecture Series, University of Wisconsin-Platteville. 2014. Keynote Address.
  • "How the West was Juan: Reimagining Iconography in the US West" Latin American Studies Lecture Series, University of Florida, 2013
  • "Race, Space, and Public Debate: Public Monuments Shaping Landscapes" Race and Houston Symposium, Rice University, Houston, Texas. 2013.
  • "What’s Race Got to do with it? Students of Color in Higher Education" Students of Color in Higher Education Conference, University of Florida. 2012.
  • "Many Backgrounds, Many Stories, One American Spirit." Hispanic Heritage Month Ceremony, Veterans’ Affairs Hospital, Fla., 2011, Keynote Address.
  • "Latino Males in Higher Education: An Empowerment Narrative." Latino Males in Higher Education Symposium, University of Florida. 2011. Keynote Address.
  • "Immigrant Aesthetics: Art and the Politics of Empowerment." Critical Knowledge Symposium, University of New Mexico. 2010. Conference Presentation.
  • "Razed on the Border: Race, Citizenship, and the Art of Belonging." National Association of Chicana/Chicano Studies, Seattle, Wash. 2010. Conference Presentation.
  • "Myth and Monument in Old Town Albuquerque: Southwest Pieta and the War of Presiding Histories." Racial Formations in Popular Culture Lecture, University of New Mexico. 2010. Guest Lecture


  • (2016). Luis Jiménez: Artwork in Denver. Article in Conference Publication. National Association of Chicana/Chicano Studies.
  • (2014). Book Review of Race Migrations, by Wendy Roth. Estudios Interdisciplinarios de América y el Caribe. Tel Aviv, Israel
  • (2014). Book Review of Lowrider Space: Aesthetics and Politics of Mexican American Custom Cars, by Ben Chappell, Humanities and Social Sciences Online, H-Net
  • (2011). Bibliographical Entry in Enrique Lamadrid, Latino Folklore Encyclopedia
  • (2010). The Art of Sustenance: Francisco Guevara and Edible Art as Identity Politics, Síntesis (Spanish Periodical)

Spring 2017 Laurels Submissions

Eric Castillo, PhD, campus director of Springfield College Houston, presented “Education as the practice of freedom: Educating adult learners about social change” at the National Association for Adult and Continuing Education in Albuquerque, N.M., in November 2016.

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