Latino Issues in Education


Latino Issues in Education

The School of Education has several faculty with expertise in issues affecting Latinos in education. Find more information about their research in this area here.

Research Christian Faltis

Colorblind Bilingual Programs Perpetuate Racism
A Call for Race Radical Vision

Many assume bilingual education can level the academic playing field for English learners, but one UC Davis professor calls foul on current programmatic practices.

In a new paper to be presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) on April 20, 2015, education professor Chris Faltis argues that “colorblind” approaches to multilingualism in education mask agendas that privilege the dominant, or “whitestream,” culture.

Professor Steven Athanases (center) talks with his undergraduate research team.
Research Steven Athanases

Education Professor and Undergraduates Team Up for Research on Latino Success
Story originally appeared in The Catalyst in Fall 2012

In academia, it is not often that undergraduate students have the opportunity to work on education research— typically professors supervise graduate students working on research projects. 

Steven Athanases, professor of education, was so impressed with four undergraduate students in his Education minor course—Cultural Diversity and Education in a Sociopolitical Context—that he asked them to be on his research team during the 2012 Spring Quarter.  Naficeh Dastgheyb, Mercedes De La Riva, Victor Lagunes and Reynaldo Rodriguez agreed. 

News Danny C. Martinez

Early Career Fellowship Awarded to Danny C. Martinez
May 2014

Danny C. Martinez, assistant professor of education, has been selected to be a 2014 Concha Delgado Gaitan Presidential Fellow by the Council on Anthropology and Education. This early career fellowship is intended to support professional development and mentoring in the field of educational anthropology.

Only five fellowships are awarded each year, which pairs up early career scholars with senior scholars and comes with a $500 travel award to cover the cost of presenting at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association.


What Happened to Language in the Language Arts?

Educators are in near universal agreement that finding ways to incorporate students’ everyday use of language in the classroom is a worthy goal. The argument often revolves around making the curriculum more relevant and, thus, more engaging for youth. Rarely, however, do educators ask students to analyze and reflect on their own uses of language, particularly not in classrooms with a majority of English learners.


Danny C. Martinez Honored for Research on Black and Latino Youth’s Language and Literacy Practices

In recognition of his scholarship on the use of language among Black and Latino youth in urban English Language Arts classrooms, the National Council of Teachers of English Assembly for Research (NCTEAR) has honored Danny C. Martinez, assistant professor of education, with an award for his continued work to increase diverse perspectives into how we examine language and literacy in multicultural and multilingual communities.


Parents Are Key to Latinos’ Path to College
Study presented by PhD candidate Lisceth Cruz at AERA Meeting on April 28, 2013

Like most immigrant parents, Latino parents’ top priority is to provide their children with the opportunity for a better life, including the chance to attend college. But language barriers and a lack of knowledge about how to pay for college too often get in the way of Latinos realizing their dreams, according to Lisceth Cruz, a PhD candidate in the School of Education.

“Given the strong familial ties of Latino communities, parental engagement is central to understanding and addressing the disparities in educational attainment among Latinos,” said Cruz.

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