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Cañizares Family Discusses Elective Surgery

The unexpected death of Anita Cañizares, director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, from complications to gastric bypass surgery was explored in the March 13 Finger Lakes Times story “The risk is real: Gastric bypass death leaves family looking for answers.”

Cañizares’ brother, Alvaro Cañizares, was interviewed in the piece, in addition to Assistant Professor of History Lisa Tetrault, who teaches a course titled “Body Politics.”

Cañizares, a native of Columbia, joined the Colleges in July 2003. She worked at the CTL, overseeing direct student services, including tutoring and writing support. She established student workshops and served as an advocate for students with disabilities, assisting them in the development of self-advocacy skills.

Before joining HWS, Cañizares worked on a self-evaluation and improvement project for the Organization of American States, and served as deputy director of program development for the secretariat of education in Bogotá. She also had taught classes in qualitative research methods, intercultural education and Spanish, as well as English as a second language.

In another article in the Finger Lakes Times, several members of the Colleges' community paid tribute to Cañizares.