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Cecilia Rio, an assistant professor of women’s studies at Towson University in Maryland, is an interdisciplinary scholar who received her doctorate in economics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in May 2001. Her most recent academic work focuses on the intersection of race, gender, class, and domestic labor. She is the author of the lead chapter entitled "'This Job Has No End': African American Workers and Class Becoming" in Class and Its Others.

In addition, her approach to academic work has always involved a focus on social change and community service. She became involved in family policy and childcare issues at the University of Massachusetts early in her graduate studies. Most notably, she introduced and advocated for a new model of flexible childcare to address the needs of low-income student parents. This model has since been adopted and is now in its fourth year of operation. She is also a staff economist at the Center for Popular Economics (CPE), a collective of professional economists and graduate students committed to increasing critical economic literacy throughout the country. Her work within this organization focuses on urban economics and community economic development. Through her involvement in CPE, she was able to work extensively with other academics, community leaders, and social activists to develop and organize urban institutes in New York City and Springfield, Massachusetts. The most recent of these, the New York City Urban Institute, was the culmination of a collaborative effort between the Center for Popular Economics and the New York based Azabache Collective. Azabache is an umbrella organization whose members include Sista II Sista, Global Kids, Social Action Movement, El Puente, House of Power, Black Student Leadership Network, Youth Force, the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, and The Brotherhood. A special curriculum was developed for the New York City Urban Institute in order to address the specific concerns of these young activists and to maximize their participation in the institute.

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