About MeMy name is Tomás Summers Sandoval. I'm Chicano from southern Californian, a GenXer, and a fan of the Dodgers and Elvis. I am a husband, a father of three, and in my spare time I'm an asociate professor of Chicana/o~Latina/o Studies and History at Pomona College.
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Category Archives: Education
As we commemorate the 45th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., I think it’s important for us–as a nation–to grapple with the incisive radicalism of MLK writings, analysis, and vision. And so I offer to you his … Continue reading
Today marks the 45th anniversary of the East L.A. walkouts. Generally regarded as one of the foundational events of the Chicano student movement, the walkouts represented one of the first mass actions of Chicano (Mexican American) youth in U.S. history. … Continue reading
Fred Rogers died ten years ago today. I figured it’s a good day to post this (from 1997):
A dozen years ago, historian and geographer Mike Davis wrote a thoughtful examination of the role of Latinos in the making and remaking of Los Angeles. Called Magical Urbanism: Latinos Reinvent the U.S. Big City, the book made an important … Continue reading
I’ve been meaning to share this since I read it a week ago. It’s a report on current social media usage based on age and gender. Perhaps the least surprising revelation is that Facebook is “old” (at least in the … Continue reading
In March 1968 thousands of Chicana and Chicano students boycotted their schools in protest of racism and educational inequity. Shouting “Walkout! Walkout!” more than ten thousand students disrupted the normal business of their school day by physically leaving and gathering … Continue reading
Here is a video from the group No More Deaths, a humanitarian organization dedicated to saving lives along the US-Mexico border.
Today I begin my 30th semester as a teacher in higher education. With any luck, it will also be my last as an untenured, assistant professor. A new school year always brings with it a mix of emotions and stresses. … Continue reading
Forty-one years ago today, more than 20,000 Chicanos in East Los Angeles–women, men, and children–protested the war in Vietnam and violent effects it had begun to wield within their community. You see, though Chicanos represented only about 11% of the … Continue reading