CHLS 2004 Graduating Seniors

CHLS 2004 Graduating Seniors

Name Accolades

Esperanza Contreras

Master of Arts in Educational Technology

Awarded: May 2011

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies
Concentration in Bilingual Education
Awarded: December 2004

Bachelor of Arts in Chicano and Latino Studies
Awarded: December 2004


Rafael Vásquez, PH.D.


  • Fulbright Scholar at the Benito Juárez Autonomous University of Oaxaca


  • Ph.D. Education, Claremont Graduate University
  • M.A. Interdisciplinary Studies-Chicano/Latino Studies; Public Administration, CSULB


  • I specialize in youth education, as well as the academic achievement and higher education experiences of Latino students.  My recent research examines the intersection of ethnic identity and academic achievement of indigenous Mexicans in Southern California and Mexican schools.

Selected Publications:

  • Pérez, W., Vásquez, R., & Buriel, R. (Forthcoming). Zapotec, Mixtec, and Purepecha youth: Multilingualism and the marginalization of indigenous immigrants in the U.S. In S. H. Alim, A. F. Ball, & J. R. Rickford (Eds.), Racing Language, Languaging Race. London: Oxford University Press
  • Vásquez, R. (2013). Peering beyond the fence: Reviewing the literature to inform dialogues and practices for improved Latino and Mexican education at Hispanic Serving and Intercultural Universities [Special issue]. Estudios Sobre las Culturas Contemporáneas, 19(1), 75-93.