UALR Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with Lectures and Lunches

LITTLE ROCK, AR – Dr. Gabriela Lemus, director of policy and legislation in the national office of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) will be among those giving free and public lectures during UALR’s month-long celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.

Lemus was featured at the opening event at noon, Sept. 15, in the Donaghey Student Center. She will discuss “The LULAC Democracy Initiative: A Latino Voter Registration and Education Project.”

As a key figure in the organization for the past five years, Lemus has advocated for Latinos nationwide. This year she founded the LULAC Democracy Initiative, a grassroots effort to educate, register and protect Latino voting rights. Before joining LULAC, she taught International Relations and Comparative politics at several universities including the University of Memphis, San Diego State and the University of San Diego. She was a guest scholar at the Center for U.S. – Mexico studies at the University of California – San Diego where she completed research on the nexus between international political economy and national security in border regions.

The Office of Campus Life is sponsoring this month-long celebration. To obtain more information contact, the division of Minority Student Advocacy, at (501) 569-3308.

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On Sept. 28, Ruben Navarrette Jr., columnist and editorial writer for The Dallas Morning News will speak at 4 p.m. in the Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall. A frequent commentator on Latino issues, Navarrette is author of the book “A Darker Shade of Crimson: Odyssey of a Harvard Chicano.” In his Washington Post Writers Group syndicated column he addresses major issues and controversial topics involving Latino communities.

After graduating from Harvard in 1990, Navarrette returned to his native Fresno, Calif. to begin a freelance writing career, producing more than 200 articles that have appeared in publications including the Los Angeles Times, The Fresno Bee, Chicago Tribune, and The Arizona Republic. He has discussed Latino affairs on CNN, CNBC, National Public Radio and the PBS Newshour with Jim Leher.

On Oct. 6 and 13, box lunch discussions will be held at noon in the DSC Meeting Room D. Meagan Dooley, of U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor’s office, and Angela Galvis Schnuerle, of U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln’s staff will discuss the Development Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act. The act addresses undocumented high school graduates quests for college degrees. Free lunch will be provided at these discussions. Call, (501) 569-3308 for reservations.

A “Dia de la Raza Celebration” will be held Oct. 12 at 6 p.m., honoring Columbus Day Latino style with music and dancing. “Dia de la Raza” is the celebration of the Latino heritage of Latin America. The celebration will be held in DSC Meeting Rooms A, B, and C.

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