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Latino Studies Program Names Director

CORVALLIS, Ore. — Oregon State University’s Center for Latino and Latina Studies in Engagement has a new director.

Ron Mize says he’s excited to join the year-old program.

The center helps facilitate faculty, staff and students to reach out to Latino communities throughout the state. Its goal is to improve the well-being of Latinos by breaking barriers and creating a better understanding among communities.

The new director says his research focuses on immigration.

“Based on why immigrants come to the United States in the first place, particularly from Mexico, and I look at how the US government actively encouraged that from the 1940s to the 1960s,” Mize said.

Mize is referring to the Bracero program, when the United States encouraged millions of Mexicans to work in the United States between 1942-64.

“Many of our misconceptions about who immigrants are dispelled once we understand the large percentage of Latinos in the state aren’t immigrants – they were born here; raised here in Oregon, and vitally contribute to the community,” Mize said.

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