Pomona College Professor of Sociology and Chicana/o-Latina/o Studies Gilda Ochoa's book, Academic Profiling: Latinos, Asian Americans, and the Achievement Gap, has won awards from Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) and the American Sociological Association (ASA). Both awards, scheduled to be presented this month, honor books that address issues of race or seek to eradicate racism.
Academic Profiling looks at the inequalities between Asian American and Latino/a students at two California public high schools, and examines the ways in which those disparities, measured primarily by standardized testing, are due in part to the educational tracks students are placed upon.
The recognition her book is receiving is exciting, particularly because these awards honor books seeking to eradicate racism, Ochoa says.
"I presented the research findings to the high school with the goal of changing the campus climate, and I tried to write the book in an accessible way for readers to learn from high school students about the detrimental impacts of inequality in our schools and society," she says.
Earlier this year, The Huffington Post named Ochoa's book to the list of "35 Books All Educators of Black and Latino Students Must Read."