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UHD's Viola García Honored by Solo Mujeres Magazine as Woman of the Year 2016

Garcia.jpgThe University extends its congratulations to Viola Munoz García, professor in the Department of Urban Education, for being honored by Solo Mujeres Magazine as Woman of the Year 2016 for her contributions to education. She was formally honored on International Women's Day, March 8, at the Ninth Annual event, A Tribute to the Hispanic Woman.

Dr. Garica served as chair of the Department of Urban Education and as assistant chair for undergraduate programs. In addition to teaching, Dr. Garcia is the Coordinator of the Houston Hispanic Leadership Initiative at UHD. The mission of the Initiative is to develop, mentor and engage future leaders in the Latino community. Dr. Garcia was the UHD Faculty Award for Service recipient in spring 2006.

Dr. Garcia has 30 years of experience as a professional educator, including 10 years in public schools and 20 years in higher education. She holds a Doctor of Education degree in Higher Education Administration and Supervision and a Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Houston. Her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Reading Methods is from Texas Woman's University.

Dr. Garcia has served as a school board trustee in the Aldine Independent School District since 1992. She was president of the Texas Association of School Boards in 2012-2013. Since 2000, she has served as a Director of the Mexican American School Board Members Association (MASBA), and she served as president in 2003. MASBA has partnered with the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO), the National Education Leadership Institute, the Equity Center, the Intercultural Development Research Association and the Hispanic Border Leadership Initiative. Dr. Garcia currently serves on the Board of Directors of the National School Boards Association.

In her community, Dr. Garcia served on the Board of Directors of the Near Northwest Management District. She served as a Girl Scout leader and on the Board of Directors of the San Jacinto Girl Scouts Council. She is an active member of St. Matthew the Evangelist Catholic Church. She and her husband, Jorge, have three daughters, Erica (husband Scott), Leila (husband Joey and son Hayes) and Monica, all of whom are college graduates.