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

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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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Arizona Can’t Ban Mexican-American Studies Anymore, Judge Says

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Photo credit: Kendall/Hunt Higher Education


A federal judge on Wednesday put the final nail in the coffin of Arizona’s Republican-backed law banning Mexican-American studies classes in Tucson public schools. Â

The final judgment issued by Senior Judge A. Wallace Tashima after a two-week bench trial last summer caps a seven-year legal battle over conservative attempts to restrict what books could be used or subjects taught in Tucson’s majority-Latino schools.

Conservative lawmakers led by then-Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne and then-state Sen. John Huppenthal, who later succeeded Horne, derided Tucson’s Mexican-American studies curriculum as an anti-American politicization of public school classrooms. To shut the classes down, they spearheaded the


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