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Dr. Alexis Racelis

Assistant Professor

Department of Biology

College of Sciences

UT Rio Grande Valley

Dr. Alexis Racelis holds the Houston Endowed Chair for Science and Technology at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, where he serves as an Associate Professor in the School for Earth, Environmental, and Marine Science, and Director of the Agroecology and Resilient Food Systems Program. He is also the Co- Director of the Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Advancement. His academic program reflects a deep commitment to students and community of south Texas, centered on equitable access to intellectual capital through participatory action research, culturally relevant pedagogy, and community engaged scholarship.  In addition to being a UT System ROTA recipient (2018), Alex is also an AAAS Leshner Fellow of Public Engagement, and a USDA Kika de la Garza Science Fellow.  He currently serves as an appointed Member of USDA’s Federal Equity Commission, Subcommittee in Agriculture.