Latinx Achievements

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Frances Contreras Appointed as School of Education Dean

Michael Méndez

Seeking social justice in disaster – NSF early career kudos

Michael Méndez, assistant professor of urban planning and public policy, has received a $400,000 National Science Foundation Early Career Faculty Award for research on underrepresented disaster victims.

Orlando Lara

Immigrant rights – and wrongs

UCI doctoral student in anthropology explores the experiences of undocumented people and exposes their mistreatment

APSA Spring Diversity Fellows

Two UCI political science graduate students named APSA Spring Diversity Fellows

Angelica Garcia Macias and Geidy Mendez, University of California, Irvine political science graduate students, have been named as 2021-22 American Political Science Association Spring Diversity Fellowship Program recipients. The honor, awarded each semester to a select group of political science graduate students across the nation, comes with a $2,000 award.

Sandra K. Guzman, Sidley Austin LLP Scholar

Law Student Sandra K. Guzmán Named the recipient of the 2021 Sidley Austin LLP Scholarship

Law Student Sandra K. Guzmán  named the recipient of the 2021 Sidley Austin LLP Scholarship awarded by the Mexican American Bar Foundation.

NCAA Woman of the Year Nominee, Brianna Villanueva

UCI SPORTS | Villanueva Nominated for NCAA Woman of the Year Award ★

NCAA member schools across all three divisions nominated 535 female student-athletes for the 2021 Woman of the Year award. Of the 251 Division I nominees, Villanueva was one of eight from the Big West Conference.

2021-22 Hellman Fellows

UCI NEWS | Seven faculty members named 2021-22 Hellman Fellows ★

Shanice Hyler

Eugene V. Cota-Robles Fellowship Recipients

Eugene V. Cota-Robles Fellowship Recipients Meet Our 2021 Eugene V. Cota-Robles Fellowship Recipients The Eugene Cota-Robles (ECR) Fellowship is the most prestigious diversity fellowship offered at UC Irvine.  This award is used to release recipients from employment or loan obligations that might delay progress in graduate study. The fellowship is designed to place students interested in careers in academic teaching and research on a fast-track towards completing their doctoral degree, and to increase the number of qualified candidates for faculty positions within the University of California. The Eugene Cota-Robles Fellowship is named in honor of one of the earliest Mexican-American professors in…


Interview with Adriana Villavicencio

UCI School of Education Assistant Professor Adriana Villavicencio presents findings from book, Am I My Brother’s Keeper? The book, released in May 2021 by Harvard Education Press, chronicles a four-year study focused on improving the educational outcomes of 15,000 Black and Latinx males in New York City public high schools.

Saúl Jiménez-Sandoval headshot

Saúl Jiménez-Sandoval Appointed President of California State University, Fresno

Jiménez-Sandoval graduated cum laude with bachelor’s degrees in Spanish and History from the University of California, Irvine, where he also earned his Ph.D. in Spanish and Portuguese literatures. In addition, he has professional certificates in critical theory from Cornell University, in Spanish art history from Escuela de Arte y Antigüedades de Madrid (Spain), and in Portuguese language and culture from Universidade de Lisboa (Portugal).