College Counseling Coordinator
Gerontological Counseling Coordinator
Graciela Orozco is chair of the Department of Counseling at San Francisco State University. She is a professor and former coordinator of the School Counseling Program (2002-2014). Graciela is Chicana of Purépecha Indian ancestry and grew up in a farmworker family in California’s Central Valley. She began her career as a first-generation-to-college student at two community colleges in the San Joaquin Valley, eventually becoming a bilingual teacher and later a school counselor working in underserved communities. She also served as a volunteer producer and programmer for Radio Bilingüe, a public radio network, for over 15 years. Graciela Orozco has a doctorate in Educational Psychology with an emphasis in Multicultural Studies from University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA. She is lead author of “Introduction to Multicultural Counseling for Helping Professionals, 3rd Edition (2014)” and with California Tomorrow published “California’s Gold: Claiming the Promise of Diversity in our Community Colleges (2003).” Orozco is a two-time grantee (2006, 2007) of the Social Science Research Council, Necessary Knowledge for a Democratic Public Sphere Program. Her research interests focus on the school community relationship, immigrant children in the schools, separation and loss due to deportation, and community radio.