Dr. Gloria Contreras (1947-) was recruited to work at the University of
North Texas in 1987 because of her strong background in multicultural
and social studies education. Her passion was teaching social studies
with a global perspective, and furthering the place of women and
minorities in education, teaching and scholarship. In 1989, she was
appointed the first Director of the Office of Minority Affairs (now the
Office of Multicultural Affairs), where she was tasked to create a plan
to recruit and retain minority students and faculty.
Contreras co-authored some of the leading K-6 social studies textbooks
published by Macmillan/McGraw-Hill, served as the Executive Editor of
The Social Science, a national journal for educators, and was elected
Director of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education.
In 2002, Contreras was honored as a Latina Living Legend by the Hispanic
50 (now Hispanic 100).