Tehama Lopez

Tehama Lopez

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Tehama Lopez to discuss immigration for Hispanic Heritage Month

Tehama Lopez, an assistant professor in the Ohio University Department of Political Science, will speak at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, in the Baker University Center Theatre as part of the University's celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs Sept. 15 to Oct. 15.

Lopez will discuss immigration policies and the DREAM (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors) Act. Under the rigorous provisions of the DREAM act, qualifying undocumented youth who came to the U.S. as children would be eligible for a six-year conditional path to citizenship that requires completion of a college degree or two years of military service.

Lopez is preparing a book manuscript, "Breaking the Contract: The Epistemological, Moral and Political Possibilities of Seeing White Privilege."

This multi-methodological project examines the role of perceptions of white privilege on the racial attitudes and political preferences of white Americans. This study finds that awareness of the relative
advantages whites have over people of color contributes to greater support for interventions that help reduce racial inequality. Lopez is also working on a project that takes up processes of race-making and Latino identity formation.

Lopez's research and teaching interests include race and ethnic politics, race-making, whiteness, Latino identity formation and many other topics.

This event is sponsored by the Multicultural Center, Black Student Cultural Programming Board and the Student Advisory Committee. It is free and open to the public.

Other Hispanic Heritage Month events include:

Wednesday, Sept. 19: Multicultural Greek Council presents the film "Stand and Deliver" at 7 p.m. in Baker University Center Theatre.

Wednesday, Sept. 26: The Latino Student Union presents Bobby Gonzalez, multicultural motivational speaker, storyteller and poet, will speak at 7 p.m. in Baker University Center Theatre.

Tuesday, Oct. 9: Sigma Lambda Gamma presents the Cultural Food Throw Down at 7:30 p.m. in Gordy Hall 311.

For more information about Hispanic Heritage Month activities, contact Multicultural Programs at 740-593-4027 or visit www.ohio.edu/culturalcenter/.