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2021 Emerging Scholars Program Series Announced


By Sheryl E. Taylor

UHD continues its mission of leveling the academia playing field for up and coming scholars with its Emerging Scholars of Color (ESC) program series. It comes as no surprise that students and communities desire a truer representation of their nation’s cultural and ethnic landscape among higher education faculty.

When UHD sought to expand its diversity, equity and inclusion efforts in 2018, the Center for Latino Studies was formed. The Center provides a socially-empowering curriculum for the existing Latino Studies concentration (part of the Bachelor of Arts in Humanities program). The Latinas Achieve and Emerging Scholars of Color programs are two primary initiatives designed to provide research and promising strategies designed to meet the needs of UHD’s diverse student body.This spring semester, The Center for Latino Studies welcomes the second cohort of Emerging Scholars beginning on January 28.

“This year’s lineup features six outstanding scholars whose research and teaching embody the rich diversity of Latinx and Latin American experiences,” said Dr. Bonnie A. Lucero, Director of the Center for Latino Studies and Associate Professor of History. “We created this program with the dual purpose of advancing the careers of talented advanced graduate students and recent PhDs and connecting our own UHD students with academic role models who share their cultural and ethnic backgrounds. If the comments of my Intro to Latino Studies students are any indication, there is a palpable excitement and enthusiasm at UHD for the chance to interact with these exceptionally talented scholars.”

For students, virtual teaching sessions are scheduled on Thursdays at 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. For faculty and graduate students, research talks are on Fridays at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Students & UHD Community

Thursday, February 11

1 p.m.
Surviving Ephemera:
Race and Visual Culture of the 1970s in East Los Angeles

Michael Anthony Turcios

Meeting ID: 997 1414 3932
Passcode: 673742

2:30 p.m.
Exploring the Chicanx Migrant Worker Testimonies
Jeremy Gallion

Meeting ID: 918 2858 6531
Passcode: 423445

UHD Faculty & Graduate Students

Friday, February 12

10 a.m.
Relational Displacements: Visual and Literary Culture of Resistance in the East Los
Angeles Barrios and Banlieues of Paris, France

Michael Anthony Turcios

Meeting ID: 936 2242 2392
Passcode: 056851

1 p.m.
Chicanx Migrant Labor Experience
in the Caldwell Labor Camp
Jeremy Gallion

Meeting ID: 949 8625 0896
Passcode: 710966

About the University of Houston-Downtown

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) is the second-largest university in Houston and has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974. As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive, four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates approximately 14,000 students, boasts more than 66,000 alumni, and offers 45 bachelor’s degrees, 12 master’s degrees, and 19 online programs within four colleges: Marilyn Davies College of Business, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Public Service, and College of Sciences and Technology. UHD has one of the lowest tuition rates in Texas.

U.S. News and World Report ranked UHD among the nation’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Applied Administration and Best Online Master’s Programs in Criminal Justice, as well as a Top Performer in Social Mobility. The Wall Street Journal/College Pulse ranked UHD one of the best colleges in the U.S. for its 2024 rankings, with notable distinctions: No. 1 for diversity (tied) and No. 3 for student experience. The University is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, a Minority-Serving Institution, and a Military Friendly School. For more information on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit uhd.edu.