Dr. Rubén O. Martinez is professor of sociology and director of the Julian Samora Research Institute at Michigan State University. His research interests include institutional and societal change, neoliberalism and Latinos, education and ethnic minorities, diversity leadership in higher education, youth development, Latino entrepreneurship, and environmental justice issues. Dr. Martinez is the editor of the Latinos in the United States book series with the Michigan State University Press. He has several published books and currently working on a special issue of Social Justice focused on “Neoliberalism and Public Higher Education.”
Colloquium: A Typology of Chicano/Latino Centers in Higher Education
Latino centers on American campuses are rooted in specific ethnic groups, namely Chicanos (also called Mexican American) and Puerto Ricans. They have been in student affairs and in academic affairs, with some established as research centers. Over time, many academic programs were subsumed under “Ethnic Studies,” while those in student affairs have also had similar experiences, often housed in multicultural or diversity units. This presentation will examine the various models and their evolution.