Armando Vazquez-Ramos, M.A.
California State University, Long Beach
Chicano & Latino Studies Dept.
1250 Bellflower Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90840-1004
Tel. (562) 985-2847
Fax (562) 985-4631
Professor Armando Vazquez-Ramos is Board President of the Mexican Cultural Institute of Los Angeles, and Co-Chair of “Amigos de Siqueiros”, the non-profit that will operate the City of L.A.’s $8 million “America Tropical” Interpretive Center of Maestro David Alfaro Siqueiros 1932 mural at the city’s birthplace on Olvera Street.
Since January of 1968, Professor Vazquez-Ramos has been an activist in the educational, cultural and political circles of L.A.’s Chicano/Latino community, and currently teaches on Chicano/Latino education, history, politics, public policy, and US-Mexico relations at the CSU Long Beach Chicano and Latino Studies Department, where he is also Coordinator of the California-Mexico Project and established the Latino Political Roast to raise scholarship funds for a major study-abroad program.
Through a bi-national network of political, educational and community leaders, he has helped to promote the revamping of relations between California and Mexico, faculty and student exchange programs, the presence of Mexican universities in the U.S., and to foster the Sister City relationship between Los Angeles and Mexico City.
In addition, Professor Vazquez-Ramos has been an outspoken advocate for voting rights of Mexicans in the U.S. and is affiliated with the Coalition for Political Rights of Mexicans Abroad (CDPME) that succeeded in gaining approval for the right to vote by Mexicans residing in the U.S. in 2006.
As a student leader at CSULB in 1969, Professor Vazquez-Ramos was a co-founder of the Chicano and Latino Studies department, where he earned a B.A. in Mexican-American Studies and a Master’s in Psychology. He has also earned a Master’s in Public Administration at Pepperdine University and is currently working on his doctoral dissertation on “A Development Plan for Mexican Universities in the U.S.” and a book on the Mexican community of Long Beach, California, where he was co-founder and Director of the L.B. Centro de la Raza and Escuela de la Raza for almost 20 years in the 1970’s and 1980’s.