Kathleen M Ganley

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Spanish and Portuguese Studies
214D Folwell Hall

9 Pleasant Street SE

Kathleen Ganley has been deeply involved in the Latino community for the last 30 years. She is a passionate activist for immigrant justice, has taught Spanish at the University of MN for the last 24 years, as well as taught ELL, developed numerous academic programs and classes, volunteered as a translator and interpreter, and has worked as a consultant to educators interested in integrating community engagement into their curricula. For the past 20 years, Kathleen has taught a course she developed entitled, “Latino Immigration and Community Engagement” in the Spanish and Portuguese Department at the University of Minnesota. Throughout this time, she has placed over 3000 students in community engagement work with Latino immigrants in the Twin Cities. Kathleen’s students also work each semester in developing a social action project that address current issues with Latino immigration. Kathleen has taken student groups to Peru, Guatemala and regularly takes a class to the US/Mexican border. Kathleen taught a community engagement course on educational disparities for 13 years in the Chicano & Latino Studies Department. Kathleen has a M.Ed. in Education and a M.A. in Hispanic Linguistics with a minor in Second Language and Culture Education. She currently resides on the West Side of St Paul, with her 4 chihuahuas, where she is involved with an economic equity project with WSCO (West Side Citizens Organization). She has a daughter, Isabel Flores-Ganley, that currently works at the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Educational Background & Specialties


  • pedagogy & curriculum development
  • civic engagement
  • Chicano/Latino culture & community life
  • service learning
  • global studies
Courses Taught
  • Span3401 - Service Learning in the Chicano/Latino Community
  • Chicano 3900 - Service-Learning in the Chicano/Latino Community
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Member: National Association for Bilingual Education
  • Member: Modern Language Association , 2001
  • Associate Education Specialist: University of Minnesota , 1994
  • Member: The Connection, The Resource Center of the Americas , 1991
  • Member: Service-Learning Association, University of Colorado , 1997


  • Member: Immigration Forum,
  • Consultant: The Resource Center of the Americas, Center for Labor Rights, 2001
  • Advisor: Student Project for Amity Among Nations (SPAN), 1988 - 1990
  • Advisory Committee: La Prensa de Minnesota, 1999
  • Advisory Council: Neighborhood Development Alliance, 2001
  • Jane Addams School for Democracy: 1996 - 1998
  • Consultant: Aprendamos Computacion, 2002
  • Consultant: helping design a service-learning program between jr. high school and communty organization, January 2004 - present
  • Outstanding Service Award, College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota, 2001