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Checking the Boxes: Race(ism), Latinx, and the Census
Census 2020--like every census since 1790-- uses racial categorizations that reflect the prejudices of our time. At the same time, it provides a powerful tool that exposes the impact of racism on income, education, health, home ownership, employment and more for each person living in the United States.

Join us for a conversation with renowned Berkeley faculty discussing how these contested categories impact their research and teaching.

Oct 1, 2020 12:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

UC Berkeley Library
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Cristina Mora
Associate Professor of Sociology and Chicano/Latino Studies at UC Berkeley. @Department of Sociology, UC Berkeley
Cristina Mora is an associate professor of Sociology and Chicano/Latino Studies at UC Berkeley. Her research focuses mainly on questions of census racial classification, immigration, and racial politics in the United States and Europe. Her book, Making Hispanics, provides the first historical account of the rise of the “Hispanic/Latino” panethnic category in the United States. Making Hispanics has been the subject of several NPR and national media segments on Census Politics and Latino identity.
Tina Sacks
Assistant Professor, UC Berkeley’s School of Social Welfare @Berkeley Social Welfare
Tina Sacks is an assistant professor at UC Berkeley’s School of Social Welfare. Her research focuses on racial disparities in health; social determinants of health; race, class and gender; and poverty and inequality. She has published a book on this subject entitled Invisible Visits: Black Middle Class Women in the American Healthcare System (Oxford, 2019) and collaborates with Carlos Javier Ortiz, a photographer and documentary filmmaker, on issues affecting Black and Latino communities. Their films, We All We Got (2015) and A Thousand Midnights (2016), appeared at the AFI, Tribeca, LA, and St. Louis International Film Festivals among others.
Victoria Robinson
Lecturer & American Cultures Program Director Comparative Ethnic Studies @UC Berkeley Department of Ethnic Studies
Victoria Robinson is a lecturer at UC Berkeley in Ethnic Studies and Women’s Studies, teaching courses addressing race and ethnicity in the United States and global female migrations. Her work as director of The American Cultures Center at UC Berkeley, reflects her personal and scholarly commitment to the work of social justice in higher education. Dr. Robinson’s most recent scholarship and teaching reveals the connections between mass incarceration, immigration detention and deportation, and centers the community-based movements which seek to mobilize the political and social rights of those inside and between walls and cages.