Hilario Romero

Hilario Romero is a New Mexican Mestizo (Spanish/Basque/Jicarilla Apache/Ute).  He is a professor of History, Spanish and Education as well as the former Director of the New Mexico Educational Opportunity Center at Northern New Mexico College for the last thirty years. Romero was the New Mexico State Historian and a former Archivist at the New Mexico Archives. He also taught at many Universities in the U. S.: Metro State University/University of Colorado-Denver, University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of New Mexico, New Mexico Highlands University, Community College of Denver, as an Adjunct Professor.  He is an accomplished musician with the norteno group, Los Folkloristas de Nuevo Mejico, with  Cipriano Vigil. His PhD studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison were in International Education, Educational Policy and Multilingual/Cultural Curriculum & Instruction, and at New Mexico Highlands University (BA/MA) in History, Spanish and Bilingual Education (K-12 Certification). In 1964, he began his activism in the Civil Rights Movement. He was soon involved in the Chicano and the American Indian Movements. By 1968, he fought for the passage of the Bilingual Education Act in the United States. To make the U.S. southwest a healthy, safe and culturally sustainable region will require indigenous/native peoples from diverse histories, languages and world views to work together.  “Knowing ourselves, how we emerged, how we believe and live, lies at the foundation of our future.”