The Bay Area Latino Males Initiative- CLPR/UCB

Center for Latino Policy Research

Dear CLPR Community, we are pleased to announce and invite your participation in two new research initiatives at the Center:

The Bay Area Latino Males in Higher Education Initiative at CLPR

CLPR invites participation from Bay Area scholars and members of the broader community in a new working group. The first organizational meeting is scheduled for Thursday, November 6, 2:00-3:30 pm at CLPR.

Shorb House

2547 Channing Way

We will start discussion on the following points:

  • Seeking funding opportunities on campus / extramural
  • Developing local research agendas (Berkeley, East Bay, California)
  • Generating dialogue/discussion on related issues and experiences
  • Organizing a speaker series 

Background

The Bay Area Latino Males in Higher Education 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. 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. 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.

(Sources: US Census Facts 2013, 2014)

The Initiative

This CLPR initiative will bring together Bay Area scholars and members of the broader community to develop and employ research-based strategies to: (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.

Possible Areas of Inquiry

Strategies for entering and successfully completing a postsecondary education

Labor markets

Criminalization

Health and well-being

Intersections of race, class, sexuality, and gender

Systems of privilege

For more information please contact Omar Dávila:

odavilajr@berkeley.edu

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ANOTHER PROMISING PROJECT TAKING OFF AT CLPR:

Latin@s and Tech Initiative at CLPR

CLPR invites participation in a new working group to explore possibilities to increase the representation of Latin@s in the tech industry and critically inform policies regarding recruitment. The first organizational meeting for this group is scheduled for Friday, November 14th, 3pm-4:30pm at CLPR.

Shorb House

2547 Channing Way

We will start discussion on the following points:

  • Distribution of the Latin@ workforce
  • Educational pipeline for the tech industry
  • Intersections of race, gender, and sexuality in the tech domain
  • Historical and present social and economic structures shaping the tech industry
  • Latino cultural and intellectual capital in relation to Silicon Valley’s culture of innovation

Background

The proliferation of the tech industry (i.e., giant tech companies and tech startups) in the bay area has recently come under scrutiny from community members and academics, especially after major tech firms released workforce statistics in 2014 that revealed a startling underrepresentation of Latin@s in the tech workplace despite the growing Latino@ population in the state.

The Initiative

Taking advantage of its proximity to the Silicon Valley, CLPR aims to create 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.

For more information please contact Héctor Beltrán:

hbeltran@berkeley.edu

 

Funder Contact Info: 

From the material above, it ie not clear that there is funding yet, but there seem to be funding initiatives underway.

Interested people working in/on the Bay Area and on related topics should contact the appropriate project leaders at the CLPR.