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Halpern honors first Mexican American psychologist
February 2005, Vol 36, No. 2, Print version: page 79
APA Past-president Diane F. Halpern, PhD, presented a posthumous presidential citation to Alfredo Castaneda, PhD, at the National Latina/o Psychological Association Convention in Scottsdale, Ariz., in November.
Castaneda was the first Mexican-American psychologist to hold a PhD in the United States, as well as the first to become a full professor. He studied the influence of culture on education and learning, authoring and co-authoring several books, including "Cultural Democracy, Bicognitive Development and Education" (Academic Press, 1974). Castaneda founded the National Latina/o Psychological Association. He also served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Experimental Psychology and Child Development.
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Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund - Founded in 1968, MALDEF is the nation’s leading Latino legal civil rights organization. Often described as the “law firm of the Latino community”, MALDEF promotes social change through advocacy, communications, community education, and litigation in the areas of education, employment, immigrant rights, and political access.
Emerging from the legal academy of the United States following a 1995 colloquium in Puerto Rico on Latina/o Communities and Critical Race Theory, "LatCrit theory" is a relatively recent genre of critical "outsider jurisprudence" - a category of contemporary scholarship including critical legal studies, feminist legal theory, critical race theory, critical race feminism, Asian American legal scholarship and queer theory. That cumulative record has served as LatCrits" point of departure, and our basic twin goals since 1995 have been: (1) to develop a critical, activist and inter-disciplinary discourse on law and policy towards Latinas/os, and (2) to foster both the development of coalitional theory and practice as well as the accessibility of this knowledge to agents of social and legal transformation. LatCrit theorists aim to center Latinas/os" multiple internal diversities and to situate Latinas/os in larger inter-group frameworks, both domestically and globally, to promote social justice awareness and activism.