Visiting speaker Gilberto Conchas confronts Latino educational inequality

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In his book, “Cracks in the Schoolyard—Confronting Latino Educational Inequality,” Gilberto Q. Conchas challenges deficit models of schooling and turns school failure on its head. He will share his research with the Sacramento State community at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, April 29, in the Lobby Suite of the University Union.

“Cracks in the Schoolyard” goes beyond presenting critical case studies of social inequality and education. It features achievement cases that depict Latinos as active actors – not hopeless victims – in the quest for social and economic mobility. Dr. Conchas examined the ways in which college students, high school youth, English language learners, immigrant Latino parents, queer homeless youth, the children of Mexican undocumented immigrants, and undocumented immigrant youth all work in local settings to improve their quality of life and advocate for their families and communities. Taken together, these counternarratives will help educators and policymakers fill the cracks in the schoolyard that often create disparity and failure for youth and young adults.

Gilberto Q. Conchas is interim chair of the Department of Chicana/o Studies and acting associate dean at the University of California, Santa Barbara and professor of educational policy and social context the University of California, Irvine.  Conchas’ research unearths the triumphs of urban high school youth of color – African American, Vietnamese, and Mexican American – despite unequal public school processes. He is the author and co-author of six books, numerous articles and book chapters, and policy reports.

For directions to the University Union on the Sacramento State campus, click here.

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