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jorge chapa (1953-2015)

Jorge Chapa was a sociologist, demographer, and Latino Studies scholar at the University of Illinois. He recently passed on, a result of natural causes. Here, I share a few thoughts about Jorge, who I got to know when he was a professor of Latino Studies at Indiana University. First, Jorge was simply a friendly, open person who welcomed many people, including myself, to his home. He always had time for people and helped many in need. Second, he dearly loved his family and it showed every time I visited his home. Third, even though he was a very open person, he still maintained his integrity as a scholar and teacher. He wrote award winning books on Latino demography, like Apple Pie and Enchiladas, a standard account of the growing Midwest Latino population. He also insisted on trying to make sure that public policy properly took into account all of the populations in the United States. Perhaps his most important contribution on this count was to testify in Texas and California as to the importance of properly measuring Latino and Asian communities.

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Written by fabiorojas

November 3, 2015 at 12:01 am

Posted in demography, fabio, sociology

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  1. This is sad news, indeed. He left deep footprints in the sand at Illinois, as well. His leadership and scholarship will be missed at the Institute for Government and Public Affairs, as well as the many other centers and units that have benefitted from his passion, compassion, and character.

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    Randy

    November 3, 2015 at 3:14 pm

  2. Indeed – he also spent a lot of time working in higher ed administration as a Dean at Texas, department leader at IU, and center director at Illinois. A very impressive career.

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    fabiorojas

    November 3, 2015 at 10:01 pm


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