WALLA WALLA, Wash.--  A noted sociologist, author and associate professor of education and Chicano/Latino studies at the University of California (Irvine) will speak to the issue of the school success for students of color when he visits the Whitman College campus Monday, Nov. 6.

            Gilberto Conchas will present “The Color of Success: Race and High-Achieving Urban Youth” at 7 p.m. in Maxey Auditorium, near the intersection of Otis and Boyer, on the Whitman College campus. Conchas, who has researched, written and lectured widely about what influences success rather than failure in the school setting, will speak earlier in the day at Walla Walla High School, and he also will make a presentation at the Walla Walla Community Center for Youth. His presentations are free; for more information contact assistant professor of sociology Gilbert Mireles at 527-5259 or Carole Hsiao, associate director of academic resources, at 527-5213. 

            Conchas, a sociologist by training, focuses his research on the sociological processes within the school context that structure variations in educational opportunity for low-income immigrant and U.S.-born Latino, Asian American and African American youth. As the son of Mexican immigrant farm workers, Conchas maintains a strong commitment to promoting school success, and he works directly with members of interested communities and schools to help them understand their roles in improving engagement and achievement among youth. He is the author of “The Color of Success: Race and High Achieving Urban Youth” (2006) and co-author of the forthcoming “Small Schools: Digging beneath the Layers of Educational Reform.” 

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CONTACT: Lenel Parish, Whitman College News Service, (509) 527-5156

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