Cecilia Giusti, Ph.D.

As Associate Dean for Outreach and Diversity, and as Associate Professor, Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning, Dr. Giusti greatly contributes to collaborative, multidisciplinary initiatives within the Institute.

Dr. Giusti enhances the Institute's mission to broaden economic, professional, and scholarly opportunities for the under-represented at Texas A&M University as well as in physical and virtual communities of practice. Her scholarship in Latin American studies with an emphasis on Economics and Community and Regional Planning has served her in outreach initiatives to the colonias region along the Texas-Mexico border. She has contributed related, funded research in areas including hazard reduction, economic development, transportation infrastructure, affordable housing, and safe drinking water. Last year she served as Chair for "Dialogos on the Border" in the colonias region as part of a national effort to influence planners, architects, and policy makers to address changes in increasingly diverse communities. Together these accomplishments demonstrate a dedication to multicultural diversity and an intentional combination of research, teaching, and outreach, of great benefit to the Institute in its mission to create opportunities for change by crossing traditional boundaries.

Dr. Giusti has presented her scholarship at many national and international conferences, including the Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP), Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (SASE), European Urban Research Association (EURA), the Latin American Studies Association International Congress, and the American Planning Association National Conference. Her dissemination of scholarship related to her research is of great benefit to the Institute to broaden its message globally.