Past Event

¡Marcha! Latino Chicago & the Immigrant Rights Movement

The Public Square and the Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy at UIC invite you to “Shop Talk,” a community conversation series that brings UIC scholars together with west side residents to discuss the connections between race, ethnicity, and public policy.

The next event of the series will feature Nilda Flores-Gonzalez, an Associate Professor with a joint appointment in Sociology and Latin American and Latino Studies at UIC. She is a co-editor of ¡Marcha!: Latino Chicago in the Immigrant Rights Movement, which provides an in-depth analysis of immigrant activism and institutional responses in Chicago. Currently, she is studying youth participation in immigrant rights marches to analyze how race affects the creation and articulation of a political identity and a reconceptualization of citizenship among young Latinos.

Join us at Ron’s Barber Shop in Chicago’s Austin community as we wrangle with hard issues and build bridges between the university and the community.

IRRPP will provide a limited number of free books to discussion participants.

More about Nilda Flores-Gonzalez

Nilda Flores-Gonzalez is an associate professor with a joint appointment in Sociology and Latin American and Latino Studies. She studies race and ethnicity, identity, education and U.S. Latinos. Her current research focuses on media discourses on inner-city schools, particularly on how the media criminalizes inner-city schools, school activists, and students and how these images shape public opinion and policy. Her book, School Kids, Street Kids: Identity Development in Latino Students (2002), focuses on how kids construct identities in relation to school, how the school and its practices shape these identities, and how these identities influence educational outcomes high school graduation or dropout. Additionally, she has published several articles on various topics such as Puerto Rican high achieving students, extracurricular participation and retention, race and Latino identity, and most recently about the Puerto Rican community of Chicago. Her publications are included in journals such as Anthropology and Education Quarterly, Research in Sociology of Education and Socialization, Centro Journal, Journal of Poverty, and the Latino Studies Journal.

This series is presented in partnership with The Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy (IRRPP) at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and The Public Square.

Free and open to the public. 

If you need a sign interpreter or require other arrangements to fully participate, please call 312.422.5580. For parking locations near the facility, please visit