The CSRC is pleased to welcome Eder Gaona-Macedo as its first senior officer of community-engaged research. Gaona-Macedo brings a wealth of experience to the CSRC, where he will develop applied research projects that advance racial justice, immigrant rights, health equity, and education justice for Latinx and other historically marginalized populations.
A story in Healthcare Innovation announced Robert "Bob" Otto Valdez, a health services researcher with previous experience at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has been named director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). From 1985 through 1999, Valdez was a professor of health services at the UCLA School of Public Health and during that period served as associate director of the CSRC.
As part of the HSI Infrastructure Initiative, the CSRC in collaboration with the Office of Research and Creative Activities (ORCA) will administer $250,000 in seed funding (up to $30,000 per award) to help launch and support research projects on and/or involving Latinx populations in the US. Projects are expected to advance the goals of the HSI Initiative by enhancing UCLA’s commitment to supporting scholarship with implications for diverse Latinx communities. Deadline extension: March 28, 2022
Last month, America lost a true leader, someone who fought for our country while also challenging it to live up to its ideals and promises. The Hon. Esteban E. Torres was a child of immigrants, a military veteran, autoworker, labor organizer, civil rights and community development activist, and US Congressman. He was also an artist, drawing and painting whenever he could.
MEDIA: "Obituary: Longtime Congressman Esteban Torres dies at 91 After Life Devoted to Public Service"
An obituary for the Hon. Esteban E. Torres, former US congressman representing California, included a photo from the CSRC. The CSRC holds the Esteban E. Torres Papers in its archive.
In the latest contribution to the CSRC Post, Nicole Ucedo, CSRC research and archive assistant, writes about her discoveries while processing the Josefa L. Serna Papers.
It is with profound sadness that we share the news of the passing of our dear friend and colleague Agustín Gurza. He died Saturday, January 8.
UC Riverside News reported UCR ARTS received a $50,000 Grants for Arts Projects award to support the forthcoming exhibition Christina Fernandez: Multiple Exposures at the California Museum of Photography. Chon A. Noriega, former CSRC director, is serving as a consultant on the exhibition. The exhibition catalog will be published by CSRC Press in fall 2022.
A feature in ARTnews included discussion of the traveling exhibition Laura Aguilar: Show and Tell, organized by the CSRC in partnership with the Vincent Price Art Museum, and numerous Latinx artists who have been featured in CSRC exhibitions and publications.
UCLA Newsroom summarized key achievements within the UCLA community during 2021, including the announcement that UCLA will seek to achieve the designation of Hispanic Serving Institution by 2025. As noted in the story, the CSRC will play a key role in a helping to build an infrastructure to support future Latinx Bruins,