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First Generation Latino Professionals: Stories & Strategies to Increase the Pipeline

Elson S. Floyd Cultural Center, 405 SE Spokane Street, Pullman, WA
Live stream presentation begins at Noon
Please RSVP if you plan to join us for lunch.

About the event

Guest Speaker, Dr. Maria Chavez will address the importance of inclusive pedagogies and responsiveness to first-generation college students. His talk will be followed by a book signing.

Dr. Chávez earned a Ph.D. from Washington State University and both her B.A. (cum laude) and M.A. with distinction from California State University, Chico. Dr. Chávez specializes in American government, public policy, and racial and ethnic politics. Specifically, her teaching and research are focused on the political, civic, and professional experiences of Latinos in various locations and circumstances, ranging from vulnerable undocumented Latinos living in the shadows to successful Latino professionals.

Dr. Chávez is the author or co-author of four books. The first, Everyday Injustice: Latino Professionals and Racism (2011) won the prestigious American Political Science Association’s Latino Caucus Best Book Award in Latino Politics published in 2011. She is lead co-author of Living the Dream: New Immigration Policies and the Lives of Undocumented Latino Youth (2015) and co-editor of Latino Peoples in the New America: Racialization and Resistance (2019). Her new book, Latino Professionals in America: Testimonios of Policy, Perseverance, and Success was published in May 2019.

WSU is a First Forward Institution, recognized for our commitment and practice in supporting First Gen Students.

This event is sponsored by: the WSU Division of Student Affairs, Office for Access & Opportunity, College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP), TRIO Student Support Services, TRIO Ronald E. McNair Achievement Program, Multicultural Student Services, Elson S. Floyd Cultural Center, Global Campus, College of Education, The Bookie, Common Reading Program and the ADVANCE grant.


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