Magazine article Diverse Issues in Higher Education

Emerging Scholars: Class of 2011

Magazine article Diverse Issues in Higher Education

Emerging Scholars: Class of 2011

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"Higher education struggles to be relevant. Universities are slow to change, mostly due to tradition ... It falls on the more creative and courageous to delve into the middle of the struggle," says Dr. Steve Arvizu, former president of Oxnard College, in describing the contributions of one of Diverse's 2011 Emerging Scholars.

For 10 years now, we've kicked off the new year by celebrating in the first edition the contributions of a select group of up-and-coming academics of color. In selecting the Emerging Scholars, our panel of editors and reporters looks for scholars who are breaking new ground in research and advancing our understanding of complex, contemporary issues with scholarship that is interesting and timely. Although they're under 40, they've already established a legacy of excellence, and many are activists motivated by a yearning to effect change. We look for scholars whose work is relevant and impactful.

This year's class of award-winning academics doesn't disappoint. In the following pages, you'll read about the anthropologist, whom Arvizu was referencing, whose upbringing in a migrant farm worker community inspires her research into human rights issues surrounding Mexican immigration to the U. …

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