August 30, 2012 – UCLA School of Law, the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center (CSRC) and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) will sponsor the Seventh Annual Latina/o Education Summit, “Law and Policy: Conversations across the Disciplines.” Assemblymember Gilbert Cedillo will be the special guest speaker at the event, which will be held on Friday, October 5, 2012 at the UCLA Faculty Center.
The annual CSRC Latina/o Education Summit addresses topics not typically covered in academic discourse on the education of U.S. Latinos. This year’s conference will assess the impact of litigation and legislation on Latino education. Attorneys, legal scholars and social scientists will speak at three panels at the event: The Emerging Trend of Latino “Resegregation” in Secondary and Higher Education; Providing for the Needs of Latino Students Who Are English Language Learners and Also Students with Disabilities; and Dreams and Nightmares: How Latinos Have Used Legal Tools to Fight Anti-Immigrant Discrimination in Education. The presentations will discuss significant past and present cases that have directly affected Latinos’ access to public education, as well as that of other communities of color in the U.S.
The conference will be hosted by UCLA School of Law Dean Rachel F. Moran, CSRC Director Chon A. Noriega and Thomas A. Saenz, president and general counsel of MALDEF. The conference planning committee includes UCLA professors Laura E. Gómez, Stuart Biegel and Robert Chao Romero, along with Carlos M. Haro, the coordinator of the CSRC Latina/o Education Summit series.