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The Mexican Community Accessing Education
Friday October 21st
9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
CUNY School of Law
The Jaime Lucero Mexican Studies Institute at CUNY invites you to a one-day education symposium that celebrates the Anchoring Achievement in Mexican Communities Initiative of the Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation. Join us for this event where you will be able to meet the neighborhood networks that are working to promote educational achievement among Mexican communities, listen to academic experts on educational equity and express your ideas on ways in which we can continue empowering the Mexican community in New York City.
Tara J. Yosso
Tara J. Yosso is a Professor in the School of Education at the University of Michigan. Her research and teaching apply the frameworks of critical race theory and critical media literacy to examine educational access and equity, emphasizing the community cultural wealth Students of Color bring to school. She has authored numerous collaborative and interdisciplinary chapters and articles in publications such as the Harvard Educational Review, Educational Administration Quarterly, and The Blackwell Companion to Social Inequalities, and has been awarded a Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship for Diversity and Excellence in University Teaching. Her article, "Whose Culture has Capital? A Critical Race Theory Discussion of Community Cultural Wealth," has become the top cited article in Race and Ethnicity and Education since its publication in 2005. The American Education Studies Association recognized her book, Critical Race Counterstories along the Chicano/Chicano Educational Pipeline ( Routledge) with a 2008 Critics´Choice Book Award. Her talk reminds us to "see" the Latina/o communities we aim to serve in critical historical light. By encouraging us to consider the generations of communities who have preserved and passed down knowledges skills, abilities, and networks to survive and resist racism and other forms of oppresion, she asks us to be fierce visionaries for generating opportunities to cultivate this community cultural wealth as a tool for reclamation - for social justice. She's the author of Critical Race Counterstories along the Chicana/Chicano Educational Pipeline, in which she debunks racialized myths that blame the victims for these unequal educational outcomes and redirects our focus toward historical patterns of institutional neglect.
Jorge Ballinas was born and raised in the Bronx. His parents are from the southern part of Puebla in Mexico. In 2003, he graduated from William Howard Taft HS in the Bronx and was the first person in his family to graduate from college. Jorge attended The Pennsylvania State University, where he majored in Sociology and had a minor in Latina/o Studies. In 2010, he was accepted into Temple University's Doctoral Program in Sociology and will be receiving his doctorate in May of 2017. Jorge Ballinas has two main research areas: race and media. Regarding race, he focuses on theories of race and racism, racialization of Latinx (specifically Mexicans), and the representations of Latinx in different social institutions (education, politics, etc.). Within the area of media, he concentrates on how different racial groups are portrayed and how racism is defined. His dissertation (a portion of which will be presented during this symposium) “The Context of Success: Mexican American Educational Attainment in New Destinations” examines how Mexican college students in Pennsylvania and New York define success, perceive their higher education environments, what difficulties they have faced, in moving from high school to college, and the things they found helpful and unhelpful along the way.
Daniel Connolly is a journalist who has covered Mexican immigration to the U.S. South for news organizations including The Associated Press in Arkansas and The (Memphis) Commercial Appeal. He’s the author of The Book of Isaias: A child of Hispanic immigrants seeks his own America, a narrative nonfiction work about Mexican-American teenagers coming of age in Tennessee. It’s being published nationally this month by St. Martin’s Press of New York.
Confirmed Neigborhood Networks Presentations
Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow presentation by Nathalie Lynn (Brooklyn)
Little Sisters of the Assumption Family Health Service presentation by Wendy Miron (Manhattan)
International Network for Public Schools presentation by Marguerite Lukes (Queens)
MASA-MexED presentation by Aracelis Lucero (Bronx)
The symposium is free and open to the community. Registration is highly recommended.
Studying Abroad While DACAmented
Friday, November 18, 2016
Borough of Manhattan Community College (CUNY), Room N-452
Join the Jaime Lucero Mexican Studies Institute at CUNY, CUNY Citizenship Now!, and the Study Abroad Office at BMCC for an informational session on how to study and travel abroad while DACAmented. Mr. Joseph Lavetsky, staff attorney at CUNY Citizenship Now!, will be available to answer your questions. Students who have participated in previous study abroad programs will share their experiences and testimonies. Don't miss many exciting announcements by Dr. Galvez, director of the Jaime Lucero Mexican Studies Institute on upcoming study abroad opportunities in Mexico.
Free event, open to the whole CUNY community.
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