Diane Torres-Velasquez is Associate Professor of Special Education, at the University of New Mexico.She began her teaching career in 1975 with the Albuquerque Public School District as a bilingual educational assistant, and the next year became a bilingual teacher.Her doctorate is from UNM, where she currently serves as Coordinator for Concentration II on Learning and Behavioral Exceptionalities.She
is involved in numerous research projects in the areas of teaching mathematics and science to Latino students, and issues of culture and language with exceptional students.Her
publications and presentations are in the areas of Student Dropouts, Sociocultural Theory, Mathematics and Culturally Relevant Pedagogy, Scientific Literacy, Second Language Acquisition, and Bilingual Special Education.She
is Past-Chair of the Hispanic Special Interest Group of the American Educational Researcher's Association
.She is an active member of the advisory board for Jimmy Santiago Baca's Prison Project currently being conducted in male and female correctional facilities to expand literacy skills of reading and writing with inmates.