CMAS Speaker Eyes Hispanic Future at UTA

Flores
Flores

An expert on Hispanic-serving institutions in the U.S. will be the Center for Mexican American Studies’ Distinguished Speaker on April 16.

Antonio Flores, president of the National Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU), will speak at 6:30 p.m. in Room 303 of the Chemistry and Physics Building.

Associate Professor Christian Zlolniski (Anthropology), director of CMAS, said Flores’ talk is important as UT Arlington officials consider current and future programs for the growing Hispanic student population at UTA.

“UT Arlington is a Hispanic-serving institution, with at least 25 percent full-time students of Hispanic origin. Dr. Flores is an expert in this area,” Zlolniski said. “This is an opportunity to learn from someone who has been working with schools and universities across the country to discover which programs work best and which strengths these students bring with them to college.”

Flores’ talk will address the sweeping demographic shifts in the United States that are driving educational policy to better reflect the emergence of populations of color, particularly of U.S. Hispanics. As Hispanics are now the majority in Texas‘ grade schools and one-fourth of the nation’s K-12 student population, colleges and universities are challenged to help fulfill the promise of this burgeoning population.

Zlolniski said one of goals of CMAS is to encourage Latino and Latina students to go into STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields — an area, he said, where these students are “under-represented.”

For more information about Flores’ visit, log on to the CMAS website, www.uta.edu/cmas.

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