Irma Rangel Public Policy Institute

Irma Rangel Institute Co-Sponsors Latino Identity Conference at the University of Houston

Sun, January 14, 2018

Irma Rangel Institute co-sponsors Latino Identity conference at the University of Houston

December 3-4, 2015

Although the Latino population has grown considerably in the United States, relatively few scholars have explored the complex diversity within this group. Terms like "Latino" and "Hispanic" suggest a community with similar experiences and perspectives, and some pundits claim that a Latino “pan ethnic” identity has developed that unites Cubans, Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, and Central and South Americans.  However, this may obscure a wide range of diversity and difference within the Latino population.  Scholars have long been aware of complexities such as generational status, national origin group, and socioeconomic status.  Today, factors such as new geographical destinations, acculturation pathways, racial identities, and mixed-status families (i.e., unauthorized parents with citizen children) introduce new dimensions to the creation and reproduction of what it means to be Latino.  Such issues are consequential given the increased political significance of Latinos and have implications for campaigns and elections, public policymaking, and how non-Latinos view Latinos. This conference brought together an interdisciplinary group of scholars from universities inside and outside of Texas to examine the historical, sociological, and political roots of Latino unity and difference as well as to discuss what the future might hold.

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    University of Texas at Austin
    Mailcode A1800
    Austin, Texas 78712