Gina is the Director of Community Engaged Learning (DCEL) in the Arts. She develops arts programs for undergraduates and supports faculty and departments in expanding arts courses at Stanford. Gina received an MFA from UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television and a BA in history at Stanford. She is also a graduate of the Smithsonian Institution Latino Center’s Museum Studies Program. She currently teaches courses in Latino visual and public art in Comparative Studies in Race & Ethnicity at Stanford.
Gina has served in the position of academic program staff at Stanford University since 2001. As executive director of the Institute for Diversity in the Arts (IDA) from 2001 to 2011, she developed and implemented over 20 visiting artist residency projects with artists of color. IDA is an interdisciplinary program in the humanities that involves students in the study of culture, identity and diversity through artistic expression. During her time at IDA, she launched the Community Arts Fellowship in collaboration with the Haas Center. In 2011 she joined the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education (VPUE) in the position of Director of Arts in Undergraduate Education, which she held until transitioning to the DCEL role. In this new role within VPUE, Hernandez is a primary resource for students and faculty interested in engaging community with the arts in their courses and studies across all disciplines.
Prior to her posts at Stanford, Gina has worked in arts development for the Arts Council of Santa Clara County, City of Long Beach, and other nonprofit organizations. She has also worked as a freelance creative producer for independent film, video, and live performance projects.