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Some Connecticut Colleges And Universities Work To Increase Number of Latinos In Faculty And Administrators

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Bill Sarno/CTLatinoNews.com

When Carmen Cid attended New York University in the 1970s, she recalls the enrollment was diverse, but not among the professors, especially in the field she was pursuing, a biology degree. There were no other Latinas to inspire and validate her choice of major.

While Cid, the daughter of a businessman and a music teacher who had immigrated to the U.S., was hard-pressed to find Latino role models as an undergraduate, she did encounter a sympathetic mentor who had been to Chile and seen women work in scientific research. So armed with a pair of waders for field work, she got her bachelor’s degree and headed to Michigan ...

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Latino Named Director Of New UConn Hartford Campus


Mark Overmyer-Velazquez stands in front of the sign at the UConn Hartford Campus. Photo credit: Ronni Newton/We-Ha.com

Mark Overmyer-Velazquez stands in front of the sign at the UConn Hartford Campus. Photo credit: Ronni Newton/We-Ha.com


The University of Connecticut vacated West Hartford in late August when it opened the new downtown campus in Hartford to great fanfare, but along with the move the campus gained a new leader with strong West Hartford roots.

Dr. Mark Overmyer-Velazquez, a UConn history professor who is also founding Director of El Instituto: Institute of Latina/o, Caribbean & Latin American Studies, was named director of UConn Hartford and assumed his new role on Aug. 23, the same day that the campus officially opened.

“This is so unbelievably exciting,” Overmyer-Velazquez said as, ...

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Lawsuit Alleges Discrimination Against Latino Families in Holyoke, MA Public Schools

Photo credit: Masslive.com

Photo credit: Masslive.com

A lawsuit has been filed in federal court alleging human rights violations in Holyoke Public Schools.

The suit alleges the district fails to provide parents who speak limited English adequate translation services, including for educational documents regarding the children in their families.

“For at least two decades, HPS has routinely and repeatedly failed to translate important educational documents and communications to LEP Parents,” the lawsuit reads. “This includes notices of meetings, evaluations, proposed individual education plans (‘IEPs’), final IEPs, disciplinary notices, student and parent handbooks, anti-bullying information, notices of events, authorizations for release of information, health plans, nursing materials, documents related to extracurricular activities, progress reports, special ...

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