CDMS Staff


Jorge Chapa


Jorge Chapa is the first permanent Director of the Center on Democracy in a Multiracial Society at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is also a Professor of Sociology and Latina/Latino Studies. Chapa's research has focused on alternatives to increase the successful participation of minorities in higher education and other public institutions. He is also currently doing research on immigration policy issues and voting rights.

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Jenny Roether
Program Coordinator/Business Manager

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Jenny Roether holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Advertising, and has been working at the University on and off since 1996. She has acquired a variety of knowledge about University business policies and procedures which will ensure that the Center continues to run smoothly.


Margaret Browne Huntt
Research Specialist


Margaret Browne Huntt's research interests include issues relating to educational inequality and race and ethnicity with a focus on social stratification and mobility; equality of opportunity; and social change.


Ruth Mathew
Academic Hourly


Ruth Mathew is a recent graduate from the School for International Training (SIT) Graduate Institute in Brattleboro, VT. Her degree focus is Intercultural Service, Leadership, & Management with a concentration in Nonprofit Management & Sustainable Development. As an Academic Hourly at CDMS, she fulfills duties that pertain to creation of media publications, maintenance of Center website, and research for grant proposals.



Center on Democracy in a Multiracial Society
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