Confronting the White Renaissance: Educational Advocacy and Gentrification in the New Latinx Diaspora

Wednesday, November 9, 2022 at 4:30pm

Williams Hall, Room 080

Latin American and Latino Studies

Erika Davis
PhD candidate at the University of Florida 
This research examines how Latinx educational advocates navigate racialized city politics in nearby Allentown, Pennsylvania, a city whose Latinx population recently surpassed 50 percent. Specifically, it tells the story of how the majority-Puerto Rican Latinx community members, who once revitalized the city during deindustrialization and White flight, resist displacement as the city undergoes a "renaissance," or tax-incentivized, corporate development. Through critical ethnographic methods, this research examines how Latinx community members engage in the racial project of city-level resource allocation to impact educational outcomes locally. 


Academics & Colleges

Target Audience

Undergrad Students, Graduate Students, Faculty, Staff


Latin American Studies
Contact Information

Office of Undergraduate Studies and Interdisciplinary Programs,

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