Maria Nieto Senour Papers, 1943-2014
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Brief Description:

The Maria Nieto Senour Papers (1943-2014) document Senour’s work at San Diego State University and in the San Diego community. The collection includes reports, correspondence, conference papers, awards, university personnel files, election campaign papers, press clippings and articles. All materials are organized alphabetically within three series: Biographical, Professional, and Collected Research.

The Biographical series (1943-2009) is divided into two sub-series: Personal Papers and Published and Unpublished Writings. The Personal Papers sub-series (1943-2009) contains awards, short biographies, correspondence, and curriculum vitaes. A framed resolution from California Senator Lucy Killea recognizing Senour as a distinguished professor at San Diego State University is also included. Published and Unpublished Writings (1977-2002) is mostly comprised of speeches given at various events but also contains a chapter published in Chicano Psychology edited by Joe L. Martinez.

The Professional series (1977-2014) is divided into two sub-series: San Diego State University and San Diego Community College District Board of Trustees. San Diego State University (1977-2014) is comprised of correspondence, meeting minutes, applications, instructor evaluations, reports, university personnel files and conference papers. Documents from the Community Based Block (CBB) Program, the Equity, Diversity, and Outreach Committee (Affirmative Action and Outreach Advisory Council), and the Reappointment, Tenure, and Promotions (RTP) Committee are included. The San Diego Community College District Board of Trustees sub-series (1990-2010) mostly contains materials from Maria Nieto Senour’s six election campaigns. Documents include promotional materials, endorsement correspondence, procedures and policies, and committee papers.

The Collected Research series (1961-1988) is organized topically. Most documents pertain to ethnic groups, especially Latinos, or types of counseling. Types of materials include journal articles, press clippings, and newsletters.

Held at:
Special Collections & University Archives
5500 Campanile Dr. MC 8050
San Diego, CA 92182 8050
Phone: 619-594-6791
Email: askscua [at]
Created by: Nieto Senour, Maria (1943-)
Volume: 4.75 Linear Feet
Acquired: 01/23/2015. 2015-002

I. Biographical (1943-2009)

    1. Personal Papers (1943-2009)

    2. Published and Unpublished Writings (1977-2002)

II. Professional (1977-2014)

    1. San Diego State University (1977-2014)

    2. San Diego Community College District Board of Trustees (1990-2010)

III. Collected Research (1961-1998)

Biographical Note for Nieto Senour, Maria (1943-) :

Maria Nieto Senour grew up in Austin, Texas and Detroit, Michigan. She earned a Bachelors of Arts degree at Marygrove College with joint majors in Art and Education, a Masters in Education in Guidance and Counseling from the University of Toledo, and a Ph.D. in Guidance and Counseling from Wayne State University. Senour is passionate about teaching and has worked in elementary and junior high schools as an educator and counselor.

Dr. Senour became a professor in San Diego State University’s Department of Counseling and School Psychology in 1977. In that capacity, she taught courses as well as directed the Community Based Block (CBB) Program for twenty years, chaired the Affirmative Action and Outreach Advisory Council (now the Equity, Diversity, and Outreach Committee), and served on the Faculty Senate. Professor Senour’s honors and awards include the first ever SDSU Faculty Diversity Award in 2010, the Outstanding Faculty Award in 2002, and the SDSU Outstanding Professor Award in 1993, among others. Dr. Senour was also elected to the San Diego Community College District Board of Trustees six times and served from 1990-2010. She was also on the San Diego Convention Center Board of Directors and was an active member of many other local organizations.

Maria Nieto Senour is married to Dennis Ollerman and has raised two children: Andrea Beth Aragoza and Jon Carlos Nieto Senour. She currently resides in San Diego.

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research.
Subject Index
San Diego State University--Faculty--Biography
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Rights/Use Restrictions: The copyright interests in some of these materials have been transferred to or belong to San Diego State University. The nature of historical archival and manuscript collections means that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. Requests for permission to publish must be submitted to the Head of Special Collections, San Diego State University, Library and Information Access. When granted, permission is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained in order to publish.  Materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials.
Acquisition Notes: Richard Griswold
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PreferredCitation: Identification of item, folder title, box number, Maria Nieto Senour Papers, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.