Review Committee

The Américas Award is awarded based on the input of the Américas Award Review Committee, the members of which serve three-year terms.

David Campos (2017-2019)
David Campos is a Professor of Education at University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas where he has supervised student teachers and taught undergraduate and graduate courses in special education, multicultural education, and instructional design and delivery. He has written books on youth sexuality, childhood health and wellness, and the schooling of Latinos. He began his career in education over 25 years ago when he started teaching second grade. He later entered graduate school, taught ESL, and worked in corporate training and development. In addition to his teaching at UIW, David has served as a consultant to the Hillsborough County Public Schools (Florida), Fairfax County Public Schools (Virginia), Collier County School District (Florida), Austin Independent School District (Texas), and Pampa Independent School District (Texas). David loves to teach his students (who are future teachers) the many different ways that children learn and to share with them how to best shape children’s lives. He enjoys that he get to share his passion for education and his own of love of learning, and that he get to witness his students develop into teachers because of what they have learned from him. He considers it a blessing to see his students grow from one year to the next learning one form of methods instruction after another and then applying these skills in their professional lives.

Emily Chávez (2016-2018)
Emily Chávez is the Outreach Coordinator for the Consortium in Latin American and Caribbean Studies at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University. Before joining the UNC-Duke Consortium in 2013, Emily taught English and Journalism in the Durham Public Schools. She has also taught social studies and language arts at charter schools in Durham and Philadelphia. In addition to six years of formal classroom teaching, Emily has conducted educational activities for youth and adults in various capacities, including teaching creative writing to undergraduates at NC State University; co-founding and co-directing the Durham Freedom School, a summer enrichment program for children that encourages them to read using culturally relevant books; and coordinating youth and adult writing groups with a Latina hip hop novelist through NC literary consortium Carolina Circuit Writers. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology/Anthropology and Education from Swarthmore College and a Masters of Arts in Teaching from Duke. As Outreach Coordinator, Emily provides resources and administers programming for K-12 and college educators to support them in integrating Latin American and Caribbean content and pedagogy into their teaching.