College of Liberal Arts

Spring 2017 George I. Sánchez Memorial Lectures in the Social Sciences and Education

Tuesday Apr 18, 2017 4:00 PM | Room 2.206 (Multi-Purpose Room), Gordon-White Building (GWB), The University of Texas at Austin

The Center for Mexican American Studies (CMAS) will host the Spring 2017 George I. Sánchez Memorial Lectures in the Social Sciences and Education on Tuesday, April 18, 2017.

The George I. Sánchez Memorial Lectures in the Social Sciences and Education are presented by CMAS faculty affiliates who are in their first year of service at the University. George I. Sánchez was a writer, educator, and civil rights advocate from Albuquerque, New Mexico. As a member of the faculty at The University of Texas at Austin, he fought against standardized tests, segregation based on non-proficiency in English, and other discrimination against Hispanic schoolchildren.

Deborah Parra-Medina is a Professor in the Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies (College of Liberal Arts) and Director of the Latino Research Initiative (LRI). The title of her presentation is "Engaging in research with communities to address health inequities." Community based participatory research (CBPR) is growing rapidly in the U.S. as a core approach to reduce health inequities. Community-campus research partnerships are based on mutual respect and build on the knowledge, strengths and resources within the community. In this talk, Parra-Medina will share examples and lessons learned using CBPR to engage community as partners throughout the research process, including issue identification, intervention development, evaluation, and dissemination.

Belem López is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies (College of Liberal Arts). The title of her presentation is "Beyond Psycholinguistic Perspectives: Language brokering and decision making implications for health." In this talk, López will discuss some current pilot work in the LLAMA lab and in collaboration with the LRI. She will explore pathways that lead to better long-term health outcomes of language brokers and their families. Specifically, the interest is to understand long-term positive consequences of language brokering experience and how those consequences may influence health in terms health literacy and decision making.

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