Cincinnati Enquirer reporter Mark Curnutte spoke to founding members J. Mauricio Espinoza, assistant professor of Spanish and Latin American literature/culture, and Maria Espinola, assistant professor of clinical psychiatry, about their work with the growing group.
Goals include greater representation of UC Latino faculty, publicizing UC Latino faculty success, changing narrative about Latino immigrants and recruiting more Latino students to the university.
Members are working with Cincinnati Public Schools to establish a mentoring program in which a Latino UC student is paired with a Latino student at Dater High School in Lower Price Hill. The program then would likely expand to Princeton High School, which also has a large and growing Latino student population.
"Latino professors can play a fundamental role in changing the biases that exist against Latinos by serving as role models for students, educating the public on issues that impact marginalized communities and promoting human rights for all," said Espinola.
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Featued image at top: J. Mauricio Espinoza and Maria Espinola are two of the co-founders of the Latino Faculty Association at the University of Cincinnati. Photo/The Enquirer/Amanda Rossmann