Theresa Barron-McKeagney, Ph.D.
Passing on perseverance to inner city Latino students

Associate Professor and Director–Designate
School of Social Work

Theresa Barron-McKeagney, Ph.D.

As the youngest of 11 children of Mexican immigrants, Dr. Theresa Barron-McKeagney feels a personal empathy for at-risk, minority students. As coordinator of the Aguante Project, she provides family-based, community-centered mentoring to inner city Latino grade school students. The federal project also provides support services and programs for parents. Appropriately, “Aguante” is Spanish for “perseverance.”

“When a matador is facing a bull, he has to be persistent and stand firm,” Barron-McKeagney said. “I want to show these children how to stand fearless in the face of danger. You have to prepare them to take whatever comes their way.”

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