The Plight of Invisibility:  Community Reception and Book Signing

The Plight of InvisibilityFriday, April 10, 2015
6 to 8:30 p.m.
Barnes & Noble at University of Rochester
1305 Mt. Hope Avenue, Rochester, NY 14620

Please join us for a book signing and reception to celebrate a new book that explores resources that support the needs of Latino/a students.

Higher education specialists Donna Marie Harris, an independent consultant to school districts and non-profit organizations, and Judy Marquez Kiyama, an assistant professor of higher education at the University of Denver, have written the innovative new volume, The Plight of Invisibility: A Community-Based Approach to Understanding the Educational Experiences of Urban Latina/os, published in the Critical Studies of Latino/as in the Americas series, by Peter Lang Publishing.

Warner School Professor Nancy Ares, alumni Sandra Quiñones '97 (BA), '98W (MS), '12W (PhD) and Amalia Dache-Gerbino '14 (PhD), and doctoral students Thomas Noel Jr. and Vicki T. Sapp are contributors to The Plight of Invisibility.

The Plight of Invisibility offers unique contributions that inform the use of a community-based research approach that examines educational issues identified by urban, Latina/o communities. It offers a new lens from which to understand the circumstances of Latina/o students in schools as they navigate in social systems that are in opposition to them, thus rendering Latina/o students and their families invisible. Despite these challenges, the book offers examples of community programs and resources that support and address the needs of Latina/o students as they build resiliency and determination to persist. Community organizations and advocates, educational researchers, practitioners, students, and policymakers will find The Plight of Invisibility useful to reframe deficit discourses about Latina/o students and their families. In addition, the book is appropriate for classes including methodology courses focused on community-based research, educational policy and/or college access courses, and Latina/o studies courses.

The event is sponsored by the University’s Paul J. Burgett Intercultural Center and La Cumbre/Latinos United for Progress. Appetizers and refreshments will be provided by El Latino RestaurantFor more information on the event, click HERE or visit:

Tags: Ibero, Latina/o Academic Achievement, Latina/o teens, Nancy Ares