Award-winning author, UCI graduate to deliver school's inaugural Equity and Inclusion Lecture
Dr. Gonzales, professor of education at Harvard University, will discuss the challenges faced by undocumented youth in school and early adulthood.
UCI graduate and Harvard professor Roberto G. Gonzales will deliver the School of Education's first lecture in the Dean's Equity and Inclusion Speaker Series.

Gonzales will discuss his book, Lives in Limbo: Undocumented and Coming of Age in America , a 12-year longitudinal study which began as his dissertation as a doctoral student in UCI's Sociology department.

In his lecture - "Lives Still in Limbo: (Un)DACAmented and Navigating Uncertain Futures" - Gonzales will explore how schooling has both the capacity to contribute to a sense of belonging for undocumented youth and foster profound alienation.
WHEN: Wednesday, September 25, 2019; 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. PT (doors open at 6:00 p.m. PT)

WHERE: Social Sciences Lecture Hall, Room 100 ( map )

WHO: Roberto G. Gonzales, Professor of Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education

RSVP: Admission is free and open to UCI School of Education alumni. Please click below to RSVP.
Parking is available at the Social Sciences Parking Structure on the corner of Campus Drive and Stanford. Parking can be purchased for $2/hr from machines located in the garage, and must be bought upon arriving. For more information on parking and rates, please visit the UCI Transportation website .

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About Professor Roberto G. Gonzales

Roberto G. Gonzales is professor of education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. His research centers on contemporary processes of immigration and social inequality, and stems from theoretical interests at the intersection of race and ethnicity, immigration, and policy. In particular, his research examines the effects of legal contexts on the coming-of-age experiences of vulnerable and hard-to-reach immigrant youth populations. Since 2002 he has carried out one of the most comprehensive studies of undocumented immigrants in the United States. His book,  Lives in Limbo: Undocumented and Coming of Age in America   (University of California Press), is based on an in-depth study that followed 150 undocumented young adults in Los Angeles for 12 years. To date,  Lives in Limbo  has won five major book awards, including the Society for the Study of Social Problems C. Wright Mills Award; the American Education Research Association Outstanding Book Award; and the Law and Society Association Herbert Jacob Book Award. It has also been adopted by several universities as a common read and is being used by K-12 schools in teacher and staff training.

His work has been featured in top journals, including the  American Sociological Review Current Anthropology , and the  Harvard Educational Review  as well as in the  New York Times Washington Post Los Angeles Times Wall Street Journal , TIME magazine, U.S. News & World Report, and the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Gonzales received a B.A. from Colorado College, an A.M. from the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from the UCI School of Social Sciences .

Please click here to purchase a copy of Lives in Limbo.
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