Women Who Rock is a series of interviews with exceptional women from all walks of life: rockstars, moms, philanthropists, athletes, politicians and community leaders.
Katia Paz is the founding chair of the Family and Child Studies Department at Montclair State University. She was born in Santiago, Chile. When she was 9 years old her family decided to move to Venezuela. At 15 she said she would like to help others. She had never done anything like it before. She started doing vaccinations house to house with a group of young people like her. Katia started her higher education in Venezuela and she had a very difficult experience. Katia decided to go to Israel where she completed her Bachelor’s’ degree. In Jerusalem she met her husband who is originally from Argentina. They want to travel so when they finished their Bachelors’ they went to Argentina for a year and a half then they moved to the United States. She always wanted to have a masters and a PHD. She completed her Masters’ degree in Eastern Michigan University. Then, she got a scholarship to continue her PHD at Michigan State University in Child and Family Ecology. From there she went to her first job as a faculty member at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque New Mexico. It is where she started journey of the work with the Latino and immigrant families. She worked to establish a group of parents in one of the schools. She created a parents committee where parents could access different resources such as english classes, and lawyers. The program was completely in Spanish. She founded the Family and Child Studies department at Montclair State University. When she first got to MSU, the FCS was just a program under a different department. Paz fought very hard to create a department that could help others fulfill their dream in the Family Studies Field.