2nd Annual César Chávez & Dolores Huerta Latino Studies Lecture

Students protesting for equal access to education for latinos.

``The Pioneers: The Role of Public Policies and Mentors for First Generation Latino Professionals``

Long before the term “first-gen student” existed, Dr. María Chávez, the daughter of farmworkers, navigated her way through college, overcoming social and political barriers that still remain intact today.

Latinos constitute the largest minoritized group in the nation, at 17 percent of the U.S. population, yet only 14 percent obtain a bachelor’s degree.

For this year’s Latinos Studies Lecture, Dr. Chávez will share her latest research on the public policies & mentoring relationships that helped a generation of Latinos to pursue higher education and become professionals. Inspired by Chicana feminist methodologies, Dr. Chávez’s auto-ethnographic study weaves her own journey into her qualitative analysis of the struggles of 31 Latino professionals who eventually found pathways to success.

This talk will invite our community to learn about the macro, meso, and micro level obstacles that first-generation Latino students experience, ultimately shedding light on the pressing need to enhance public policies and mentoring programs in multiple sectors of society.

Event Details:

  • Speaker: Dr. María Chávez, Associate Professor of Political Science
  • Time: 6:30 p.m.
  • Date: Thursday, April 6
  • Place: Xavier 201

Free and open to the public

This lecture will be of interest to many of our students, but especially to those who are first generation college students and/or those who are pursuing future professions in social services, public policy, business, arts and education.

Sponsored by the PLU Hispanic Studies Program and the Department of Politics and Government