Gallegos, a Communications major, conducted research detailing the disparities between urban and suburban public school systems in Southeast Michigan in terms of the educational and career development opportunities offered in suburban schools that are not offered by urban school districts. Her presentation was titled, “Urban Media Programs: An Overwhelming and Powerful Need.”
Jacob, a student majoring in Psychology, shared preliminary research on the assimilation of young Mexican-American women in her presentation titled “Assimilation: Positive or Negative? The Self-Concept of Mexican Women.”
In addition to presenting their own research findings, students had the privilege of listening to lectures given by renowned leaders of the Hispanic community, members of the National Council of La Raza as well as representatives from the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute.
Gallegos and Jacob also met with six-term congressman Rubén Hinojosa (D-TX), in addition to many other networking opportunities while on Capitol Hill.
“Amazing,” says Gallegos, “I was never too interested in politics, but after this conference, I’m going to start tuning in to C-SPAN. “I look forward to returning to Washington,” she adds, “It just opened my eyes.”
Jacob says that it was exciting to see other young Latinos who are educating themselves in order to help others through their work. She states that she is excited to now “be part of a group of educated young people who can make the world a better place.”
For more information on IUPLR or its affiliates, or SILPP, visit its Web site at: http://www.nd.edu/~iuplr
Information on the research conducted is available by contacting the Center for Chicano-Boricua Studies at 313-577-4378.