Associate Professor and Graduate Faculty, School of Communication Studies

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Thomas Harrison Middle School & Harrisonburg High School, Harrisonburg

Carlos Galvan Alemán, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Graduate Faculty, School of Communication Studies


Alemán will begin his fifth year at Thomas Harrison Middle School, Harrisonburg.  He often contributes to learning objectives through such activities as presentations and discussions of communication and identity in 8th grade classes, and sponsors after-school programs of identity and leadership development, such as AMISTAD for 5th and 6th graders, and ABRAZOS for 8th graders. Alemán seeks to collaborate with faculty in language and culture, and in visual and performing arts to develop cultural specific programs that attend to drawing and music (jazz) interests of African-American and Latino boys. Alemán will split time at THMS so as to serve at Harrisonburg High School and work with cohorts of students he began with at THMS.  Alemán currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Shenandoah Valley Scholars’ Latino Initiative (, serving as SVSLI University Coordinator for Academic and Mentoring Programs. Each semester, the SVSLI organizes a Leadership Retreat at JMU for high school students and college mentors, and seeks to collaborate with leaders of local businesses, outreach organizations, and university offices to share resource information, develop professional networks, and learn more about the promise and needs of high school Latinos in the Shenandoah Valley.

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