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Silvia Alvarez de Davila joined the Extension Center of Family Development as a regional Extension educator in May 2012. She is housed at the Robert J. Johnson Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC) in North Minneapolis. Silvia works with the Family Resiliency team. Her work focuses on family relations, educational disparities, and factors impacting family well-being with special attention to family engagement and school success. Silvia designs and facilitates educational programs based in scholarly theory and research, appropriate to new, diverse, and historically marginalized populations.

Silvia holds a Ph.D. in Human Resource Development from the Organizational Leadership, Policy and Development Department at the University of Minnesota.

Areas of focus: family relations, educational disparities, school success, immigrant families, culture, historically marginalized populations.