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The first Faculty Pub Night of the 2024-25 season features William Perez, professor of educational leadership and administration (School of Education). He will discuss his recent co-authored book, "Culturally Responsive Schooling for Indigenous Mexican Students."


About Faculty Pub Night

Students, staff, faculty, alumni, and members of the public are all invited to the 2024-25 series of Faculty Pub Night at the William H. Hannon Library. Eight LMU professors are selected annually to discuss their latest publication or project in a comfortable setting and format that welcomes diverse perspectives for an inclusive conversation aimed to educate the entire community. All Faculty Pub Nights are free and open to the public.


About the Author's Work

In "Culturally Responsive Schooling for Indigenous Mexican Students" (Multilingual Matters, 2024), William Perez and Rafael Vásquez uncover the social and educational experiences of an increasing yet understudied population of young immigrants in the U.S., focusing on multilingual students who speak one of three Indigenous languages: Zapotec, Mixtec, and P'urhépecha.

They explore students' ethnoracial identities, Indigenous language use and transnational practices and the influence of these factors on school adjustment, academic achievement and educational pathways. Their three-year mixed-methods study in semi-urban, urban and rural contexts assesses student interviews, teacher interviews and survey data to provide an account of how Indigenous students develop their social identities and examines the influence of their non-Indigenous Mexican peers and teachers.

They highlight new developments in Latinx cultural and linguistic heterogeneity and intragroup race/ethnic relations, informing policymakers and educators about Indigenous immigrant students and how to effectively support their multilingualism, ethnic identity development and educational success. As Harvard university professor and immigration scholar Carola Suarez-Orozco notes, "This meticulously researched, and compellingly written book is a welcome and important contribution to multiple disciplines." Similarly, LMU Professor and Leavey Endowed Chair of Moral and Ethical Leadership Magaly Lavadenz highlights, "Perez and Vásquez have provided practitioners, scholars and policymakers with profound, rich and authentic translingual, transcultural and transborder perspectives from and about Zapotec, Mixtec, and P'urhépecha youth. This book is certain to become a seminal resource for decades to come."


About the Authors

William Perez, Ph.D., an immigrant from El Salvador and first-generation college graduate, is a professor in the School of Education at Loyola Marymount University. His research focuses on the civic engagement, multilingualism, and academic resilience of immigrant, undocumented, indigenous, and deported students in the U.S. and Mexico. He has received various awards for his community-engaged research from the American Educational Research Association, the Association for the Study of Higher Education, the American Educational Studies Association, the Fulbright Scholars Program and most recently, the 2023 LMU Award for Excellence in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. The impact of his scholarship has been recognized by Education Week’s annual ranking of the top university-based scholars in the U.S. who are doing the most to influence educational policy and practice. He received his BA from Pomona College and his Ph.D. from Stanford University, where he was also awarded the Distinguished Scholar Alumni Award.

Rafael Vásquez is chief behavioral scientist at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and vice president of the board of directors for the Mixteco Indígena Community Organizing Project. He conducts research on academic persistence, community engagement and development, diversity and social justice and youth identity development. He is one of only a handful of Indigenous Zapotec teacher-scholars using decolonial and social justice approaches to engage inclusive Indigenous, Chicana/o Latina/o, and comparative Ethnic studies pedagogical practices. These intersections inform his applied research on Indigenous Mexican diasporic youth and social justice efforts among community-based organizations for which he has received various awards including the Mellon Social Justice Initiative Visiting Assistant Professorship in Chicana/o Studies from UC Davis and the Fulbright Research Fellowship in Mexico where he taught at the Autonomous University “Benito Juarez” of Oaxaca.

About the William H. Hannon Library

The William H. Hannon Library fosters excellence in academic achievement through an array of distinctive services that enable learners to feed their curiosity, experience new worlds, develop their ideas, inform their decision-making, and inspire others. More information can be found at http://library.lmu.edu

For more information about this event, contact the Outreach and Engagement team at the William H. Hannon library via email at library.outreach@lmu.edu or call 310-338-5234.

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