The University of Texas at Austin Latino Research Initiative

Spring 2018 George I. Sánchez Memorial Lectures in the Social Sciences and Education

featuring Melissa DuPont-Reyes, Carlos E. Castañeda Postdoctoral Fellow at the Latino Research Initiative

Tue, April 24, 2018 | Gordon-White Building Multi-Purpose Room | GWB 2.206 | The University of Texas at Austin

4:30 PM

Join us for our Spring 2018 George I. Sánchez Memorial Lecture
Join us for our Spring 2018 George I. Sánchez Memorial Lecture

The Center for Mexican American Studies (CMAS) will host the Spring 2018 George I. Sánchez Memorial Lectures in the Social Sciences and Education on Tuesday, April 24, 2018.

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.

Melissa DuPont-Reyes is a recipient of the Carlos E. Castañeda Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Latino Research Initiative (College of Liberal Arts) for the 2017–2018 academic year. The title of her presentation is "Impact of school race/ethnic composition on mental health outcomes." Dr. DuPont-Reyes will provide an overview of her dissertation research that she is currently developing for publication. As education policy primarily focuses on academic and economic trajectories, Dr. DuPont-Reyes’ research focuses on its implications on health, particularly mental health. Her research evaluates what is known from the existing literature regarding the effect of race and ethnic composition in schools on mental health outcomes as well as provides new data in this area of research.

Liliana M. Garces is an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy (College of Education) and Affiliate Faculty in the School of Law. The title of her presentation is "The U.S. Supreme Court and Race-Conscious Education Policies." Dr. Garces will provide an overview of her research, which sheds light on the impact of federal and state-level policies that permit or ban the consideration of race in postsecondary admissions (i.e., affirmative action) on the representation of students of color in graduate fields of study and in medical schools. She will discuss one of her most recent projects, which examined the influence of legal developments in affirmative action on the work of administrators charged with supporting and promoting racial diversity on college campuses.

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