Washington D.C. – Mi Familia Vota is pleased that the University of Arkansas System President Dr. Donald R. Bobbitt will recommend Victoria M. DeFrancesco Soto, Ph.D., assistant dean for civic engagement at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin (UT), as the next dean of the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service.
To mark this momentous occasion Hector Sanchez Barba released the following statement:
“Victoria M. DeFrancesco Soto is a leading expert on inclusive democracy and civic participation and is emblematic of the type of diversity that our nation desperately needs right now. Her strong expertise makes her uniquely qualified to lead this department.
She is the right person, in the right place at the right time in our nation’s history. DeFrancesco Soto has set herself apart from others in this space by providing the public with an accurate and comprehensive view of the Latino community. She innately understands the priorities of our community and does the country a service with her expertise and research.
She is a pioneer in her field and is an inspired choice to be a Dean at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service. The University of Arkansas System is lucky to have her, and we are thrilled to see the inspiring work she is able to do there.”
DeFrancesco Soto currently serves as assistant dean for civic engagement and a senior lecturer at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the UT. She is also a faculty fellow at the Center for the Science of Race and Democracy and an affiliate at the Department of Mexican American and Latino Studies at UT.
Her research and teaching focus on an interdisciplinary approach to American politics and policy including her areas of expertise in immigration, women, and politics, political psychology, and campaigns and elections. She is a contributor to MSNBC, Telemundo, and NBCNews.com. She has also provided on-air analysis for PBS, CNN, Fox, Univision, and NPR, as well as contributions to other national publications.
Mi Familia Vota builds Latino political power as a national civic engagement organization that unites Latino, immigrant, and allied communities to promote social and economic justice through citizenship workshops, voter registration, and voter participation. Mi Familia Vota has operations in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Nevada, and Texas.