Victor Santana-Melgoza

Biography

VICTOR SANTANA-MELGOZA, M.A., CNP is a professional educator, public speaker, and private consultant based in Phoenix, AZ. He holds teaching positions at Arizona State University and Phoenix College, and has research interests in interpersonal communication, interracial attraction, intergroup dialogue, training and development, concepts surrounding the intersectionality of race/ethnicity, gender, and sexuality, and small group communication. 

Victor also maintains an active speaking schedule as an award-winning diversity trainer and lecturer with his business, Diversity Talks, and has worked with organizations around the country, including The Social Justice Training Institute, The National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ), and Salem-Keizer (OR) Public Schools. He has also spoken in front of national audiences such as the U.S. Army Sergeant Majors’ Academy and the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education (NCORE). Victor has also been a featured writer for The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education magazine, as well as provides consulting services to local and regional nonprofits in the areas of media relations, cultural competency, and donor development. 

Victor earned his B.A. and M.A. from The University of Texas at El Paso with concentrations in organizational and corporate communication, and communication studies, and became a certified mediator through The Center for Conflict Studies at UTEP. He is nationally certified in nonprofit leadership and management, and holds a graduate certificate in gender and women’s studies. Victor furthered his research and education in interpersonal communication while studying in the Ph.D. program of the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication at ASU. 

Victor teaches courses in Interpersonal Communication, Relational Communication, Gender and Communication, Public Speaking, and Leadership of Social Change

His preferred gender pronouns are: he/him/his/they/them/theirs.

Education

 

Completed first year of Ph.D. program concentrating on Interpersonal Communication
Hugh Downs School of Human Communication, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
(Left due to health concerns.).

M.A. Communication (05/2015)
Thesis: Dating Across Difference: A Rhetorical Analysis of Interracial Same Sex Relationships in Targeted Media Outlets.
Graduate Certificate, Womens and Gender Studies
The University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, Texas

B.A. Organizational and Corporate Communication (08/2008)
Certificate, Mediation and Conflict Studies
The University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, Texas

Research Interests

"Dating Acoss Difference" which includes Transgender / Cisgender Relationships, Interracial Attraction, Serodidiscordant Relationships,  and those involved in LGBT Noncommitted Sexual Relationships.

Other reserch topics include intergroup dialogue, gendered communication, professional training and development, and group facilitation.

Research Group

Friends with Benefits Relationships

Research Activity

Privacy Management in Transgender Relationships (IRB #STUDY00005908)

An Emerging Vision that Promotes a Supportive Climate for Intercultural Dialogue (IRB #STUDY00005235)

Courses

Spring 2018
Course Number Course Title
COM 225 Public Speaking
COM 310 Relational Communication
COM 400 Communication in Professions
Fall 2017
Course Number Course Title
COM 100 Intro to Human Communication
COM 225 Public Speaking
COM 310 Relational Communication
COM 316 Gender and Communication
Summer 2017
Course Number Course Title
COM 400 Communication in Professions
Spring 2017
Course Number Course Title
COM 225 Public Speaking
COM 230 Small Group Communication
Fall 2016
Course Number Course Title
COM 230 Small Group Communication

Presentations

Hansen, E., Santana-Melgoza, V., Vi�a J., Kwist, S., & Nguyen P. (2011). Beyond Racial Aikido: Building Caucus-Based Programming Based on Institutional Needs. National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education, San Francisco, CA.

Santana-Melgoza, V., Snyder, D., & Morgan, W. (2011). Building a Foundation: Social Justice Education for Student Leaders. American College Personnel Association National Conference, Baltimore, MD.

Santana-Melgoza, V., Snyder, D., & Morgan, W. (2010). Curiosity, Exploration, and Investment: Developing a Social Justice Education Program that Works for Your Students. Northwest Association of College and University Housing Officers, Yakima, WA.

Hansen, E., Full, M., Morgan, W., Santana-Melgoza, V. & Vi�a, J. (2009). Beyond Words and Into Action: Encouraging Difficult and Courageous Conversations in a Predominately White Institution. Presented at the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education, San Diego, CA.

Adelman, M., & Santana-Melgoza, V. (2001). Challenging Heterosexism and Homophobia in School Systems. Presented at the Arizona State School Counselor Academy; Tucson, AZ.

 

ACCEPTED PAPERS

Santana-Melgoza, V. (2013). Seeing the Trees through the Forest: Identity Construction among Indonesian Women Involved in Conservation Work, The Conference on Communication and Environment, Uppsala, Sweden.

Honors/Awards

Commandant's Coin (2016)
US Army Sergeants Major Academy

Founder's Award (2016)
The University of Texas at El Paso, Alumni Relations Office

Recipient, Mary K. and Donald Fleming Scholarship (2012)
El Paso Community Foundation

Inductee, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society (2012)
The University of Texas at El Paso

Inductee, Golden Key Honor Society (2012)
The University of Texas at El Paso

Award for Innovative Response, Social Justice (2011)
American College Personnel Association

Pink Clipboard Award (2010)
Oregon State University, Pride Center

Building Community Award (2009)
Oregon State University, Pride Center

Gender Warrior Award (2008)
The University of Texas at El Paso,  Women's and Gender Studies Program

Honorable Mention, Feature Writing (2008)
Texas Intercollegiate Press Association

Bill Archer Fellow (2005)
University of Texas System in Washington, D.C., The Archer Center

Inductee, Sigma Alpha Lambda Honor Fraternity (2005)
The University of Texas at El Paso

Letter of Recognition (2001)
Arizona State University, Chief of Police

Service

Faculty Advisor, Business Outreach Association
W.P. Carey School of Business, Arizona State University
08/2017 - Present

Recruitment Liaison, Communication Graduate Student Association
Arizona State University, Hugh Downs School of Human Communication
08/2016 - 05/2017

Advisory Council, Center for Latin@ Studies and Engagement (CL@SE)
Oregon State University, College of Liberal Arts
January 2010 – February 2011

Affirmative Action Search Advocate
Oregon State University, Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity
April 2010 – February 2011

Advisory Board Member, Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation
Oregon State University, College of Engineering
March 2010 – February 2011

Board Member, President's Advisory Board on Diversity
The University of Texas at El Paso
September 2003 - June 2007

Work History

<p>Current Positions Held: Instructor, Hugh Downs School of Human Communication, Arizona State University (Tempe, AZ) 08/2017 - Present Instructor (Communication), Department or Communication, Reading, ASL, and Education, Phoenix College (Phoenix, AZ) 06/2017 - Present Principle Consultant, VNP Consulting Services (Phoenix, AZ) 05/2015 - Present Diversity Trainer and Speaker, Diversity Talks (Phoenix, AZ), 06/2011 - Present Previous Positions Held: Faculty Associate, Hugh Downs School of Human Communication, Arizona State University (Tempe, AZ) 05/2017 - 08/2017 Graduate Teaching Associate, Hugh Downs School of Human Communication, Arizona State University (Tempe, AZ) 08/2016 - 05/2017 Senior Technical Writer, R�sum�s By Tammy (El Paso, TX) 04/2014-07/2016 Culturally Responsive Pedagogy Trainer, Salem-Keizer Public School District (Salem, OR), 06/2014-06/2015 Associate Director for Multicultural Affairs, Office of Multicultural Affairs, University of Massachusetts Lowell (Lowell, MA), 02/2011-10/2011 Multicultural Resource Coordinator, University Housing and Dining Services, Oregon State University (Corvallis, OR), 08/2009-02/2011 Resident Director, University Housing and Dining Services, Oregon State University (Corvallis, OR), 08/2008-12/2009 Development Manager, Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS (Phoenix, AZ), 01/2002-01/2003 Targeted Outreach Specialist, Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS (Phoenix, AZ), 01/2001-01/2002</p>