Alumni News

We like to share what our alumni have been up to. Please use our online form to send in your news for posting here and on the front page of News Connections.

Alum Chávez-Moreno receiving Outstanding Dissertation Awards from two AERA SIGs

March 04, 2019

UW-Madison alumna Laura Chávez-Moreno is receiving Outstanding Dissertation Awards from two different American Educational Research Association (AERA) special interest groups (SIGs).

She is receiving this high honor from both the Bilingual Education Research SIG and the Hispanic Research Issues SIG. Both of these Outstanding Dissertation Awards were first-place honors.

Chavez Moreno
Chávez-Moreno received her Ph.D. from the School of Education’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the summer of 2018. Her dissertation is titled, “A Critical Race Ethnography Examining Dual-Language Education in the New-Latinx Diaspora: Reinforcing and Resisting Bilingual Education’s Racial Roots.”

This critical race ethnography of a secondary dual-language (DL) program contributes four findings. Chávez-Moreno found that DL programs preserved the value of white racial identity at the expense of Latinxs, and that at times policy and discourses positioned Latinx and black student interests against each other. Chávez-Moreno adds that while the program conceptualized the idea of providing equity through language and cultural representation, the program as a whole did not also focus on developing youths' critical racial consciousness.

Chávez-Moreno concludes that DL schooling offering youth of color biliteracy also should conceptualize the work in race radical roots, such as the ethnic studies and Chicano movement. She contends that the study’s implications invite the Latinx community and its educators to reimagine bilingual education as a political project that forms critical racial consciousness.

Chávez-Moreno is currently a postdoctoral scholar at the University of California-Los Angeles’ Graduate School of Education and Information Studies.

Her next research project will explore and support the critical racial literacy practices of teachers of bi/multilingual students.

Chávez-Moreno is to be honored during events associated with the American Educational Research Association's Annual Meeting April 5-9 in Toronto.

Chávez-Moreno has also recently earned an Outstanding Dissertation Award (third place) from the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education, and received an Outstanding Dissertation Award (honorable mention) from the National Association of Bilingual Education.