Dr. Pedraja Sought-After Voice on Intersection of Education & Immigration

Luis Pedraja photo- croppedIn the last few months, AULA Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Luis Pedraja has been featured in almost 200 publications around the United States, providing insight and expertise on issues related to higher education and immigration reform and the Latino academic achievement gap.

“Those of us who are fortunate enough to have an education have a moral obligation to speak up on behalf of those who are unable to receive the benefits of higher education as a direct result of economic and social injustices,” says Pedraja. “Access to education is no longer a commodity, but a necessity for economic survival in the 21st century, both for the individual and for our nation.”

In late December, writer Matthew Lynch interviewed Dr. Pedraja for “Diverse Conversations: Analyzing the Intersection of Higher Education and Immigration Reform.” The article appeared in the publication Diverse Issues in Higher Education as well as the Huffington Post. In the interview, Dr. Pedraja discusses how a lack of legal immigration options affect the college prospects of children of undocumented immigrants and their futures, and how immigration reform should address this.

“I would like to challenge our political leaders to make education a path to citizenship. While broader reform is necessary, making higher education in particular a path to citizenship can benefit not only undocumented students, but also our nation,” says Pedraja in the article.

Click here to read the full article in Diverse Issues in Higher Education.

AP writer Martha Mendoza interviewed Dr. Pedraja for her article “Latino Academic Achievement Gap Persists.”  The article appeared in the Huffington Post, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, Yahoo, Bloomberg Businessweek, and 175 more publications around the United States.

“We’re falling behind,” Pedraja says in the article. “Ultimately, we will face a crisis where a majority of the U.S. population will be economically disadvantaged, which will reduce their spending power and contribution to taxes and Social Security, impacting all segments of society and our country’s economic health.”

Read the full article on the Huffington Post click here.