A Guide to the Dr. Ricardo Romo and Dr. Harriett Romo Print Collection, 1968-1991, 2010
Ricardo Romo was born in 1944 on San Antonio's West Side. He graduated from Fox Tech High School and attended the University of Texas at Austin on a track scholarship. Romo earned his Bachelor of Science in Education in 1967 and then went on to obtain his Master's degree in History from Loyola Marymount University (1970) and a Ph.D. in History from UCLA (1975). Dr. Romo is the author of East Lost Angeles: History of a Barrio.
In 1980, President Romo returned to UT Austin to teach history before becoming a vice provost for undergraduate education. From 1987 to 1993, Romo directed the Texas office of the Tomas Rivera Center, housed at Trinity University, where he evaluated the impact of governmental policies on Latinos. In 2002, George W. Bush appointed him to the President's Board of Advisers on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. In 2004, former Secretary of State Colin Powell appointed Romo as a U.S. representative to the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization and in 2005, Romo was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, San Antonio branch.
Ricardo Romo became the fifth president of The University of Texas at San Antonio in May 1999. Under his leadership, UTSA was named by the Texas Legislature as an emerging Tier One research university and a leader in providing access to excellence in teaching, research and community outreach.
Dr. Ricardo Romo has been the recipient of many honors throughout his career including: Fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies at Stanford, Clark Kerr Award for Distinguished Leadership in Higher Education from the University of California at Berkeley, the Wheaton College Otis Social Justice Award for promoting social justice through education and public service, and the the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Chief Executive Leadership Award among many others.
Dr. Harriett Romo has a Master’s and Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California, San Diego, and postdoctoral studies in Sociology at Stanford University. She also has a Bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Master’s in Education from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Dr. Harriett Romo is a Professor in the Department of Sociology at UTSA. She has also taught at the University of Texas at Austin, and at Southwest Texas State University. Dr. Romo was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Sociology at Stanford University, and an educational research project consultant for the Institute for Cultural Pluralism at San Diego State University. She directed the Inter-University Program for Latino Research (IUPLR) grants competition, and policy research initiatives funded by The Ford Foundation in 1985 at the Center for Mexican American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin.
Dr. Romo has directed grant projects at CAPRI from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, U.S. Small Business Administration, the Rockefeller Foundation, and other local foundations. Her research interests include Latino children and schooling, early childhood education, immigrant families and children, and foster care youth.
Ricardo Romo met Harriett while attending UT Austin and the couple married in 1967. The Romos are avid collectors of art that represents the rich diversity of Latino culture.
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Wikipedia, "Ricardo Romo," https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ricardo_Romo, accessed August 12, 2016.
UTSA Child and Adolescent Policy Research Institute (CAPRI),https://www.utsa.edu/capri/faculty-staff.html, accessed August 12, 2016.
UTSA Mexico Center,http://www.utsa.edu/mexicocenter/Staff.html, accessed August 12, 2016.
Schoensee, Ryan, "President Ricardo Romo and Dr. Harriett Romo donate contemporary Chicano art to the UTSA Libraries,"https://lib.utsa.edu/news/president-ricardo-romo-and-dr.-harriett-romo-donate-contemporary-chicano-ar, accessed August 2, 2016.
The collection consists of a 2010 portfolio from Arceo Press entitled, 100 Anos: Centenario de la Revolucion Mexicana, containing 24 prints by Mexican and Mexican American artists and 13 photographic prints by Oscar Castillo, known for his work documenting Chicano communities in California and Texas. Also in the collection are ten original lithographs by world-renown Mexican artist, David Alfaro Siqueiros and two prints of Forbidden Fruit, by artist Patssi Valdez, a performance artist and painter known for her work in Chicana avant-garde expressionism.
There are no access restrictions on the materials for research purposes, and the collection is open to the public.
This collection is housed at UTSA's Main Campus and must be accessed via the John Peace Library Special Collections reading room. To request access, please use the Collections Request Form.
The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply.
[Identification of item], Dr. Ricardo Romo and Dr. Harriett Romo Print Collection, MS 472, University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections.
Donated by Dr. Ricardo Romo and Dr. Harriett Romo in four accessions in 2016 (Accessions 2016-29, 2016-030, 2016-031, 2016-032).
Processed by Agnieszka Czeblakow, 2016.
Inventory of the Collection