• News Release: PGCPS Welcomes New Diversity Officer

    News Release: PGCPS Welcomes New Diversity Officer

    October 3, 2013
    For Immediate Release
    Office of Communications


    UPPER MARLBORO, MD -- Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) recently appointed Maritza E. González, Ph.D. to fill the key position of Officer for Diversity, Latino/a Affairs. In her new role, Dr. González will respond to the academic and social needs of the diverse ethnic groups of constituents served by the school system, with a special focus on Latino children, parents and communities.  

    “We had a real need for a dedicated staff member to serve as liaison to our Latino community,” said Dr. Kevin M. Maxwell, Chief Executive Officer. “Dr. González will also be working with county government, businesses and organizations to partner in supporting students and engaging the Latino community.”

    Additionally, Dr. González will assess school system policies, procedures and practices regarding diversity and will promote new initiatives, increase organizational awareness and develop communication and outreach strategies.

    Dr. González draws from a diverse set of experiences across all educational levels. She worked on three federally funded education research projects across several state elementary schools, served as a Latino/a Parent Empowerment Liaison at the middle school level and coordinated the PROMISE Peer Mentoring Program at the University of Maryland, College Park, as part of Maryland’s Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate. 

    Dr. González was the Education Assistant at the Library of Congress and at the Office of Presidential Libraries within the National Archives and Records Administration.  She taught a course on Leadership in Family, School & Community Partnerships as an Adjunct Professor and facilitated English Conversation classes for Spanish speaking adults. Her research interests focus on issues related to equity, access and quality education particularly for long term English language learners.

    A first generation college student, originally from El Salvador, Dr. González earned her Ph.D. in Higher Education, Student Affairs, and International Education Policy, a Master’s in Education Leadership & Policy Studies, a Bachelor of Science in General Business with an International Business specialization and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park.

    Dr. González also earned the College Park Scholar’s Public Leadership Program Citation. She was appointed by Governor O’Malley and served on the Universal Design for Learning Task force, and was selected as the recipient of the Carolina Rojas-Bahr Outstanding Latina/o Graduate Award for her commitment to the University of Maryland and the surrounding community.  She has lived in the state of Maryland for over twenty years and in Prince George’s County since 2011. 



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    About PGCPS: Prince George's County Public Schools (PGCPS), one of the nation's 25 largest school districts, has 207 schools and centers, more than 134,000 students and nearly 19,000 employees. The school system serves a diverse student population from urban, suburban and rural communities located in the Washington, DC suburbs. PGCPS is nationally recognized for college and career-readiness programs that provide students with unique learning opportunities, including arts integration, dual enrollment, and language immersion.