"Chicano writers from El Paso are the most progressive, open-minded, far-reaching, and inclusive writers of them all."

Octavio Romano

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Mujer Spotlight: Norma Hernandez

Norma G. Hernández (educator, educational psychology, writer, activist), (B.A. University of Texas at El Paso, M.S., Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin) was one of the first Chicanas to recieve a professorship in the University of Texas system, probably in Texas! She was a long-time supporter of Chicano Studies at UTEP and for civil and student rights. She wrote and edited several books:

Factors Affecting the Achievement of Mexican-Americans;
Latino empowerment: Progress, Problems, and Prospects;
Latinos and Political Coalitions: Political Empowerment for the 1990’s;
Variables Affecting Achievement of Middle School Mexican-American Students.

She was involved with the Teacher Corp in the early 1970s and part of the Chicano Faculty Association. I remember her giving a passionate speech at the MEChA Alumni reunion in 1997 or 98, I forget witch year.

Former chair of the Educational Psychology Department of the College of Education at the University of Texas at El Paso (retired).

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