CSRC Research Grants, 2015-2016


Principal Investigator: Cesar Ayala, UCLA Department of Sociology 
This project aims to study the role of the colonial Puerto Ricans in achieving a relatively egalitarian formulation before the federal state in the early 1900s. Through archival research, Ayala hopes to answer questions related to the granting of race-based political rights, specifically regarding the different positions of the local elites and of the labor movement regarding the franchise.

Being mixed race at ucla

Principal Investigator: Robert Chao Romero, UCLA Department of Asian American Studies and Department of Chicana/o Studies

Funds will provide support to produce a book of 14 academic and autobiographical essays written by mixed-race graduate and undergraduate students at UCLA. The manuscript, Being Mixed Race at UCLA, “examines the Asian-Latina experience through the lens of Critical Race Theory, the multi-ethnic Filipino experience, the 2014 UCLA Multiethnic Diversity Pilot Study, and mixed race student community organizing.”

mamÁs as education policymakers in the era of the local control funding formula: a case study of latina mothers of english learners in the rancho los nietos unified school district
Principal Investigator: Diana Alicia Porras, PhD Student/Doctoral Candidate, UCLA Department of Education 

This project aims to understand how the personal histories, worldviews, and pedagogies of Latina mothers of English learners inform their engagement in the Rancho los Nietos Unified School District’s English Language Advisory Committee (DELAC). Bringing to the forefront the insights and standpoints of these Latinas, Porras’s findings have the potential to transform ways in which policymakers and practitioners understand, relate to, and create reciprocal partnerships with mothers of English learners in schools and districts, a critical component to the success of California’s new collaborative finance education law known as the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF).
Supported in part by the Tamar Diana Wilson Fund

the economics and social incorporation of u.s.-born hispanics and whites in albuquerque, new mexico

Principal Investigator: Casandra Salgado, PhD Student/Doctoral Candidate, UCLA Department of Sociology

Funds were awarded for the continued exploration of the ways in which people of Mexican extraction in this country experience marginalization in Albuquerque, in essence looking at the evolution of White-Mexican American socioeconomic disparities.  This project will “elucidate how race and class impact the socioeconomic trajectories of later generation Mexican-Americans, and how their socioecomic trajectories compare to Whites” through interviews and surveys of later-generation Mexicans.
Supported in part by the Tamar Diana Wilson Fund

Undocuqueer acts and political possibilites 

Principal Investigator: Rafael Solorzano, PhD Student/Doctoral Candidate, UCLA Department of Chicana/o Studies

Researching political activism engaged by Latina/o undocuqueers is part of an emerging field of queer migration studies within ethnic studies. This project will study the Trail of Dreams event in 2010, a 1,500-mile trek embarked upon by four undocumented students, who walked from Miami to Washington D.C., visiting major cities along the way. Through interviews, Solorzano will seek to understand how Latina/o undocuqueer voices helped shape knowledge about the fight for migrant rights at that time in the South. The project’s objective is to show a “recasting” of political activism at the intersection of queer rights, justice, and immigration rights, one that seeks to incorporate “inclusionary” perspectives.

nuevos destinos, nuevas posibilidades? the incorporation and citizenship experiences of puerto ricans in orlando, florida

Principal Investigator: Ariana Valle, PhD Student/Doctoral Candidate, UCLA Department of Sociology

This project examines a contemporary intersection of citizenship, incorporation, and racialization by studying Puerto Ricans in Orlando, Florida. Because Puerto Ricans do not encounter barriers to enter the mainland, and yet, “like other migrants, they cross cultural, linguistic, and political boundaries”, Valle argues that Puerto Ricans are an ideal subject through which to study citizenship, incorporation, and racialization “frameworks”. Valle will interview 120 Puerto Ricans in Orlando in her attempt to examine a set of factors–phenotype, gender, education, and nativity–which has not been previously explored for this group or in this location.