CSUSB professor recognized with ‘La Mujer’ award for leadership in education


Barbara Flores, education professor at Cal State San Bernardino, was one of 10 women recognized by the Riverside Latino Network at its 15th Annual “Celebración de la Mujer” luncheon at the Zacatecas Café on March 16.

Barbara Flores

Barbara Flores

Flores, who has taught in CSUSB’s College of Education since 1987, is an author, speaker and advocate for educational equity for underserved children. She firmly promotes the development of holistic outreach programs for Latino families.

The award is presented to outstanding women in the Inland Empire who have demonstrated a spirit of commitment to their communities and celebrates the accomplishments of Latinas.

Flores, a resident of San Bernardino, has also served as a policy leader on the San Bernardino City Unified School District Board of Trustees for nearly four years, and is currently the board’s president.

Flores’ nomination cites her as a local and national leader, having served for more than 10 years as one of the driving members of the National Latino Education Research Agenda Project, which strives to develop Latina/o teachers who are committed to serving Latina/o communities.

“Dr. Flores is a leader and role model for our community,” said Louie Rodriguez, CSUSB professor of education, who nominated Flores for the award.

Graciano Gomez, Inland Empire community leader, said in a congratulatory note, “Continuing your dedication for the advancement of education as a member of the San Bernardino School District Board of Trustees, and recently as board president, you will aid in a lifelong goal to enhance the quality of educational opportunities to the most in need, our children.  You are a leader and role model in the community at large.”  Riverside Latino Network

Other winners and their respective categories include Angelica Agredano, youth; Diana Ayala, culture and tradition; Irma Ochoa, public safety; Alicia Orejel, business; Gabriela Plascencia, education–Riverside; Laura Robles, legal; Olga Rojas, community involvement; Frances Rojas, health/mental health wellness and recovery; and Engracia Sanchez, senior.

This program was initiated as one of Riverside Latino Network’s recognition efforts to acknowledge the contributions and achievements of Latina “mujeres de lucha,” according to the Network’s website.

For more information about Barbara Flores, or for a photo, contact the university’s Office of Public Affairs at (909) 537-5007 and visit news.csusb.edu.