- Latino Migration Project
She has directed several initiatives aimed at engaging children ages 8-13 in mathematics and science in informal and after-school settings, as well as directed programs focused on parental engagement in mathematics. Civil has served as principal investigator for National Science Foundation-funded Center for the Mathematics Education of Latinos/as. CEMELA is an interdisciplinary, multi-university consortium focused on research and practice on the connections between the teaching and learning of mathematics and the cultural, social, and linguistic contexts of Latino/a students. She has also directed an NSF-funded gender equity project, Girls in the SYSTEM (Sustaining Youth in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). She was one of the principal investigators of the NSF-funded MAPPS (Math and Parent Partnerships in the Southwest, which worked to promote parental involvement in mathematics.
Civil has taught primarily mathematics courses for elementary teachers (preservice and practicing teachers) and graduate courses on research in mathematics education.