Oehler Lecture to be held Mar. 1

Dr. Patricia Gándara to present on challenges facing the Latino community

Dr. Patricia Gándara

Patricia Gándara, Ph.D.

Join us in the ​VCU Sport Medicine Building at 1300 W. Broad Street on Mar. 1, from 4:30-6 p.m., for the annual Oehler Lecture, where Dr. Patricia Gándara, professor of education at UCLA and co-director of the Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles, will present her lecture, “Latino Students: Challenging Myths and Reframing Assets.”

Gándara's lecture will provide an overview of the challenges facing the Latino community and the educators that serve them and will attempt to highlight assets that make the changing demographics a win-win situation for Virginia.

Gándara is an elected fellow of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and the National Academy of Education. In 2011, she was appointed to President Obama’s Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, and in 2015 received the Distinguished Career Award from the Scholars of Color Committee of the American Educational Research Association. Her most recent books are "The Latino Education Crisis" (2009); "Forbidden Language: English Learners and Restrictive Language Policies" (2010); and "The Bilingual Advantage: Language, Literacy, and the U.S. Labor Market" (2014). She is currently preparing a manuscript on "The Impact of Immigration Enforcement Policies on Teaching and Learning in the Nation’s Schools."

Admission to the event is free, and light refreshments will be available before the lecture. To register, please RSVP at

For more information, contact Danise Harmon at