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Consulate of Mexico hosts editorial presentation of law dean's book

March 21, 2014

The Consulate of Mexico in New Orleans and the Loyola University New Orleans College of Law will host an editorial presentation of the book “Persistent Inequality: Contemporary Realities in the Education of Undocumented Latina/o Students,” by College of Law Dean María Pabón López, J.D., and her husband Gerardo López, Ph.D., professor and associate director for research in the Loyola Institute For Quality And Equity in Education.

The presentation takes place, Friday, March 28, 6 to 8 p.m., at the Art Gallery of the Consulate of Mexico in New Orleans, located at 901 Convention Center Blvd., Suite 118. It is free and open to the public. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

“Persistent Inequality” addresses questions about how educational policy can meet the unique challenges of undocumented students’ lives as well as nearly all Latinos in the U.S. educational system. The book asserts that both the U.S. legal and educational systems need to address the living and working conditions of undocumented Latino students and remove the obstacles to educational achievement these students struggle with daily.

María López is an expert on immigration law and diversity/multicultural matters in the legal profession, focusing on issues concerning Latinos, race and the law, and the status of women lawyers. She has also published articles on Spain’s immigration law regarding undocumented workers and articles discussing the impact of immigrant nurses on the nursing shortage in the U.S. She has also conducted research in the areas of family law and inheritance law as it pertains to those who are not U.S. citizens.

Gerardo López’s research interests include issues of parent involvement, migrant education and school-community relations. His research focuses primarily on communities of color, particularly Latino populations and their school experiences. His work has been published in Educational Administration Quarterly, American Educational Research Journal, Harvard Educational Review, Journal of School Leadership, Journal of School Public Relations and International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, among other scholarly outlets.

For more information on the presentation, contact Belinda Flores Shinshillas with the Consulate of Mexico.

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