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Dr. Priscilla Falcon

By Staff


Dr. Falcon was born and raised in the San Luis Valley (Del Norte) to a family of migrant workers, the oldest of seven sisters and one brother. After high school Falcon enrolled at the University of Colorado at Boulder. In 1970 Dr. Falcon married Richard Falcon, a community organizer and activist who was enrolled at the University of Denver Law School. Later their son Ricardo was born and two years later Falcon, Sr. was killed in a car accident on his way to a La Raza Unida National convention. After her husbandĺs death, Falcon continued her work as political organizer for the Chicano Movement in Northern Colorado. In 1985 Falcon graduated from Adams State University with a degree in education and began teaching high school at Alamosa High School. During this time Falcon pursued both a masterĺs and doctorate from the University of Denverĺs completing her doctorate in international relations in 1994. Dr. Falcon also received a fellowship allowing her to travel to Mexico and Central America. She was hired by Adams State University from 1990-1995 and in 1996 she joined the University of Northern Colorado at Greeley and has been part of the faculty for 21 years. Dr. Falcon is a member of the National Association of Bilingual Education (NABE), and the Rocky Mountain Council for Latin American Studies and is active with Al Frente de Lucha, an organization which focuses on issues of immigration and youth leadership. On Saturday, Aug. 22, an event to honor her late husband, Richard Falcon, the Commemoration of Richard Falcon takes place at the Ft. Lupton Cemetery at 11 a.m. followed by a community barbeque. Their only son Ricardo, Jr is now a pediatric anesthesiologist at the University of New Mexico and a professor of anesthesiology at UNM. Falcon has six grandchildren.

About the University of Northern Colorado

Founded in 1889, the University of Northern Colorado at Greeley is not without controversy. UNC, recently in the news is making an effort to provide a diverse curriculum to a diverse enrollment. ôUNC has been very good in terms of supporting me and in recruitment of Latino students. There has been some controversy over the Chicano studies programs, which was resolved in a positive manner. UNC has come to the table.ö On another note, but about education, Falcon says,ô We must create awareness that resources are being developed and expended for first and second generation Latinos only, while forgetting about the future of the native Chicano students.ö

In earlier interviews regarding the Chicano Movement, Dr. Falcon said, ôRicardoĺs passion was education for Chicanos.ö

High School Experience

Del Norte High consisted of students whose parents were farm workers. ôComing from rural areas, we experienced racism and discrimination,ö offers Falcon. ôWe sat at the back of the school bus because no one questioned it. What kept us going and led us to be successful, is our parents, and the example they were and the hardships they faced daily.ö

Message to youth

ôBe prepared in the digital market and digital technology. Be part of and explore globalization in order to compete.ö

Last Word

ôI believe is it important to know our history and remember where we came from. Many people sacrificed so that our community would have better opportunities. We still have many issues that confront our community on a daily basis--drugs and alcohol, violence, poverty, lack of adequate schooling, limited healthcare, low wage jobs and identity. We need to better organize our communities for social change.ö





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