Adela de la Torre

Portrait of Adela de la Torre

Position Title
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs


Adela de la Torre is Vice Chancellor of UC Davis, overseeing the division of Student Affairs. de la Torre is an expert on Latino and Chicano health issues. De la Torre was previously Director of the Mexican-American Studies Center at the University of Arizona.

She has served as the Chair of the Department of Chicana/o Studies, director of the Center for Transnational Health, and is a distinguished Professor at UC Davis. De la Torre is also a founding member and former President of the American Society of Hispanic Economists.

She writes and speaks about the importance of helping students from underprivileged backgrounds with issues related to student debt. She is also a co-editor of Speaking from the Body: Latinas on Health and Culture, a collection of personal reflections on health care experiences from Latina patients or their family caregivers or friends, combined with professional analysis of the narratives with a discussion of Latina health issues and policy recommendations.

Her primary fields of research include childhood obesity, bi-national heath, science and educational disparities and interventions for Chicana/o Latina/o students. De la Torre's research was recognized by the American Society of Hispanic Economists when it honored her with its biennial Academic Achievement Award in 2016.

De la Torre has frequently been quoted in the media about student issues, including tuition fees, student protests and student safety.