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Alum Chávez-Moreno to receive AERA Division G Outstanding Dissertation Award

March 28, 2019

UW–Madison alumna Chávez-Moreno ​is receiving the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Division G Outstanding Dissertation Award.

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.”

She will be formally recognized at a ceremony April 7 during the AERA Annual Meeting in Toronto.

Chávez-Moreno also was recognized by two different AERA special interest groups (SIGs) with the Outstanding Dissertation Award — receiving this high honor from both the Bilingual Education Research SIG and the Hispanic Research Issues SIG.

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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. She adds that while the program conceptualized the idea of providing equity through language and cultural representation, the program as a whole did not focus on developing youths’ critical racial consciousness. 

Chávez-Moreno concludes that DL schooling offering youth of color biliteracy should also conceptualize the work in race’s radical roots, such as ethnic studies and the 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 race consciousness.

She is a 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 studies.

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