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The KUT Longhorn Radio Network Presents: Mexican American Experience Collection

Audio recordings including interviews, music, and informational programs related to the Mexican American community and their concerns in the series "The Mexican American Experience" and "A esta hora conversamos" from the Longhorn Radio Network, 1976-1982.

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Quality Education For Chicanos
Program #
Politics, Society

Linda Fregoso
Ruben Bonilla
Jan 31, 1980

Quality Education for Chicanos

Ruben Bonilla discusses a report from the Department of Health, Education and Welfare (HEW) on segregation in Texas’ institutions of higher learning. HEW has only released segments of the report, claiming that some of the information was gathered for law enforcement purposes and cannot be released. Nonetheless, groups like LULAC are pressing to see the entire report, which also explored the participation of minorities in higher education and reviews recruitment and admission policies. Bonilla, president of the National LULAC, explains that the report reveals widespread discrimination against Hispanics in Texas Universities as well as severe levels of under representation both in the classroom and at the administrative level. Moreover, Hispanics are largely segregated in smaller, less well-funded universities, where the quality of education is not the same as in larger schools.

In response to the released portions of the study, LULAC has issued a 10-point program that calls on universities to voluntarily desegregate and aggressively recruit Hispanic students and professors, many of whom are choosing to stay at small local colleges or leaving for the Ivy League. Bonilla further argues that HEW’s refusal to release the whole report is part of a larger backlash against the civil rights movement and also constitutes a political ploy by the Carter Administration and its bid for reelection.


1970 Census
1980 Census
Abelardo Valdez
Affirmative Action
Civil Rights Backlash
Civil Rights Movement
Community Colleges
Conservative Ideology
Corpus Christi
Department of Education
Department of Health, Education and Welfare
Discrimination in Higher Education
Dr. Israel Treble
Edward Kennedy
Estella Torres
Freedom of Information Act
Gilbert Pompa
Higher Education
Hispanic population
Ivy League Colleges
Jarvis Miller
Jimmy Carter
Julian Nava
League of United Latin American Citizens
Liberal Education
Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund
Minorities in Higher Education
Minority Recruitment
Minority-owned business
New York Times
Office of Civil Rights
Patricia Harris
Peter T. Flawn
Proposition 13
Ruben Bonilla
San Antonio College
Segregation in Higher Education
Set-aside requirements
Shirley Hufstedler
South Texas
Texas A &M University
Texas A&I
Texas Monthly Magazine
Texas Politics
Texas universities
The Bakke Case
The Weber Case
University of Texas at Austin
University of Texas-El Paso
University of Texas-Pan American

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