University Relations Speakers Series: The Impact of COVID19 on the Latino Community

September 29, 2020 | 11 am

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This panel discussion addresses the impact of Covid19 on the Latino community.

About Our Panelists and Moderator

Sarah Zenaida Gould, Ph.D.

Mexican American Civil Rights Institute


Sarah Zenaida Gould, Ph.D. is Interim Executive Director of the Mexican American Civil Rights Institute, a national project to collect and disseminate Mexican American civil rights history. A longtime museum worker and public historian, she has curated over a dozen exhibits on history, art, and culture. She was formerly founding director of the Museo del Westside and lead curatorial researcher at the Institute of Texan Cultures. Gould is co-founder and currently serves as co-chair of Latinos in Heritage Conservation. Additionally, she serves on the boards of El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail Association and the Friends of the Texas Historical Commission, on the council of the American Association of State and Local History, and is an active member of the Westside Preservation Alliance, a coalition dedicated to promoting and preserving the working-class architecture of San Antonio's Westside. She received a BA in American Studies from Smith College and an MA and PhD in American Culture from the University of Michigan. She is a former fellow at the National Museum of American History, the Winterthur Museum, and the American Antiquarian Society, and is an alumna of the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture Leadership Institute.

Gabriel R. Sanchez, Ph.D.

University of New Mexico Professor of Political Science and the Founding Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Endowed Chair in Health Policy


Gabriel R. Sanchez, PhD.  is a Professor of Political Science, and the Founding Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Endowed Chair in Health Policy at the University of New Mexico. Dr. Sanchez is also the Director of the UNM Center for Social Policy, and a founding member of the  UNM Native American Budget and Policy Institute. Sanchez is also a Principal at Latino Decisions, the nation’s leading survey firm focused on the Latino electorate, is a non-Resident Senior Fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution, and leading expert on Latino and New Mexico politics and policy, he regularly provides political commentary to several state, national, and international media outlets including the New York Times, CNN, Los Angeles Times, and the Economist. Professor Sanchez is a nationally recognized expert in survey research and the utilization of rigorous research to inform public policy decisions at the federal, state, and local levels. Sanchez has been on the faculty at UNM since 2005 and is a native New Mexican, and a graduate of St. Pius X High School here in Albuquerque.

Dr. Sanchez is leading several research projects focused on the impact of COVID-19 on the Latino and Native American communities, including multiple survey of parents aimed at understanding the experiences of parents regarding distance learning and their attitudes toward the transition back to in-person education. Sanchez has also directed several research projects for clients interested in developing strategies to engage Latino voters and promote civic engagement. Along with LD’s co-founder Matt Barreto, Sanchez has written several expert witness reports utilized in voter ID and voting rights cases across the country.

Sanchez received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Arizona. His academic research explores the relationship between racial/ethnic identity and political engagement, Latino health politics and policy, and minority legislative behavior. Sanchez has published more than fifty scholarly research articles, chapters and books focused on minority public opinion, electoral behavior and racial and ethnic politics in the United States. He is the co-author of the recent book  Latinos and the 2016 Election: Latino Resistance and the Election of Donald Trump , and co-author of the forthcoming text book (with John A. Garcia) Latino Politics in America: Community, Culture, and Interests.

Marie T. Mora, Ph.D.

University of Missouri Professor of Economics and Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs


Dr. Marie T. Mora is Professor of Economics and Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of Missouri – St. Louis. Mora is nationally recognized for her research on Hispanic socioeconomic outcomes, and has been invited to share her expertise with a variety of institutions and agencies across the country, including the White House and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, among others. She also served two terms on the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Data Users Advisory Committee and served on the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas San Antonio Branch’s Board of Directors. Moreover, Mora is a founding member and former President of the American Society of Hispanic Economists and also served as Director of the NSF-funded AEA Mentoring Program. Her publications include numerous journal articles and book chapters, three co-edited volumes, and two coauthored books. Mora’s recent national honors include the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring (White House Office of Science & Technology Policy, 2020); Inspiring Leaders in STEM Award (Insight into Diversity, 2017); Outstanding Support of Hispanic Issues in Higher Education Award (American Association for Hispanics in Higher Education, 2016); Cesar Estrada Chavez Award (American Association for Access, Equity, and Diversity, 2015); and Distinguished Alumnus (University of New Mexico (UNM) Department of Economics, 2015). Mora earned her Ph.D. in Economics from Texas A&M University, and B.A. and M.A. degrees from UNM in her hometown of Albuquerque. A more detailed biography can be found here.

Dr. Rogelio Saenz, Ph.D.

Professor in the Department of Demography The University of Texas at San Antonio

Rogelio Sáenz is a sociologist and demographer at the University of Texas at San Antonio, where he is professor in the Department of Demography. He has written extensively in the areas of demography, Latina/os, race and ethnicity, inequality, immigration, aging, public policy, and social justice. Sáenz is co-author of Latinos in the United States: Diversity and Change. He has written widely over the last several months on the impact of COVID-19 on the Latino community. Sáenz regularly writes op-ed essays and research briefs for a variety of media outlets throughout the country. He recently received the Cesar Estrada Chavez Award from the American Association for Access, Equity, and Diversity (2018), was named as one of the Top Latino Leaders in 2018 by the National Diversity Council for Latino Workplace Equity, and received the 2020 Saber es Poder Academic Excellence Award from the University of Arizona’s Department of Mexican American Studies.


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