The Bay Area Latino Males in Higher Education Initiative at CLPR
This new initiative at CLPR examines issues related to Latino males’ academic advancement, taking into account a diverse set of factors, including schooling outcomes, community experiences and support, and educational policy. It seeks to ameliorate the overrepresentation of Latino males in the prison system and their underrepresentation at post-secondary institutions. Recent statistics shows that 1 in 6 Latino males born in 2013 compared to 1 in 17 white males can expect to spend time in the prison system. In terms of academic attainment, only 9% of Latino males over the age of 18 obtained their bachelor’s degree compared to 21% of white males. It should not be surprising, then, that Latino males are highly concentrated in low-wage jobs. The rising population of Latino males in California in tandem with the statistics provided above have serious implications for the social and economic future of this state. Currently, the median salary for white males is $40,060, compared to $25,715 for Latino males. These are only some of the factors that impact the lives of Latino males. As a point of comparison, Latinas between the ages of 18-24 earned 60% of all bachelor’s degrees obtained by all Latinos/as within this cohort in the US. Why does this difference exist? How can these disparities be leveraged so that both groups obtain greater academic attainment?
CLPR’s Bay Area Latino Males in Higher Education Initiative is convening Bay Area scholars and members of the broader community in a new working group to develop local research agendas (Berkeley, East Bay, California), generate dialogue on related issues and experiences across the higher education pipeline, and to organize a speaker series and workshops. Research efforts will (1) highlight both historical and current social and economic issues facing Latino males, (2) examine active and possible mechanisms of support for Latino males in higher education, and (3) make policy recommendations that can advance equitable educational conditions. The group is also seeking to generate internal and external funding opportunities. Some of the issues currently being examined include:
(Sources: US Census Facts 2013, 2014)
Latin@s and Technology Initiative at CLPR
Taking advantage of its proximity to the Silicon Valley, the Latin@s and Tech Initiative at CLPR is bridging dialogue between scholars from local universities, community members, and representatives of the tech industry to help shape relevant policies to increase the number of Latin@s in the tech industry. If you are interested in joining this group please visit our site or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our first conference will take place on Friday, April, 1st at CLPR. More info here.
Some of the topics being addressed include:
Indigenous Studies Initiative at CLPR: Issues and Policies
Our most recent initiative at CLPR seeks to bring public attention to the presence of Chicanas/os and indigenous populations from Latin America who have migrated and continue to migrate to the U.S. The initiative brings a wider awareness and interest on the issues that this population faces across the social institutions that they come in contact with, including schools, health care, and legal services. We are also interested in understanding how indigenous groups and individuals influence and shape these social institutions. At the core of this initiative is an interest in designing and examining academic programs that support research on indigenous issues to inform policy on the meanings of indigeneity and of multiple histories, languages, worldviews, and experiences of indigenous populations in the U.S. For more information please contact Patricia Baquedano-López (email@example.com).