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Big Ideas Bandied at 'Latinos and the City'

Nov. 23, 2013

Culture. Urban development. Gentrification.

These issues all blended in a panel discussion this week on building power in the Latino community to create social change, maintain cultural identity and create alliances for healthier neighborhoods and inclusive government

“I believe planners have to be activists,” Rodolfo Torres, an author and UC Irvine professor of urban planning told about 100 students and community members attending a forum at Cal State Fullerton on Thursday night.

Audience members at the “Latinos and the City” event were challenged to think big.

“We need to address big ideas,” said Erualdo Gonzalez, associate professor with Cal State Fullerton’s Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies, which put on the program. He encouraged the students to think “with some degree of sociological imagination.”

That means going beyond a focus on particular ballot measures or getting Latinos elected to office, panelists said. And it means developing strategies to protect one’s community.

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