This talk will draw on Dr. Sáenz research over the last year keeping track of the disproportionate devastation of the pandemic on Latina/os. The discussion will highlight some of the major findings that he has recorded concerning the impact of COVID-19 on the Latina/o community and the changes that have occurred over time. The talk will also illustrate how the pandemic has interrupted many important gains that Latina/os had been making over the stretch of time before the pandemic upended those advancements. It will conclude with a glimpse of the challenges and opportunities the Latinx community face after the pandemic.
Dr. Rogelio Sáenz is a sociologist and demographer at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), where he is professor in the Department of Demography. He served as Dean of the College of Public Policy at UTSA from 2011 to 2019 and was a professor at Texas A&M University for 25 years before arriving at UTSA. Sáenz was born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. He has written extensively in the areas of demography, Latina/os, race and ethnicity, inequality, immigration, aging, public policy, and social justice. Sáenz is co-author of Latinos in the United States: Diversity and Change and co-editor of the International Handbook of the Demography of Race and Ethnicity. He has written widely over the last year on the impact of COVID-19 on the Latino community. Sáenz regularly writes op-ed essays and research briefs for a variety of media and academic outlets throughout the country. Over the last several years, he has received the Cesar Estrada Chavez Award from the American Association for Access, Equity, and Diversity (2018), was named as one of the “Top Latino Leaders” in 2018 by the National Diversity Council for Latino Workplace Equity, and received the prestigious 2020 “Saber es Poder Academic Excellence Award” from the University of Arizona’s Department of Mexican American Studies.
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