Beyond the Headlines: What the Media Won’t Tell You about Latinos and the 2020 CensusC

Join us for a discussion on how the complexities of the Latino population in the U.S. combined with a census instrument designed to allow for detailed race data challenge the media and all of us.




Tuesday, November 9, 2021 @ 5:30-6:30PM


Click here to register for the event:  Virtual Event via Zoom 

Preliminary results from the 2020 U.S. Census show that the second-largest racial category after “White” is “Other.”  The media has characterized this result as indicating growth in the proportion of the population identifying as multi-racial.  Given past trends, this simplistic characterization likely does not capture the true demographics of the nation, particularly when considering the history of how the census has approached counting Latinos. 

Zoom:  Zoom details will be sent after registration.
Cost: No charge (pre-registration required)
Contact: Madeleine Mejia,

About the Speaker:

Laura E. Gómez is a professor of law at UCLA School of Law and has faculty appointments in the Departments of Sociology and Chicana and Chicano Studies. She has also taught law and American studies at the University of New Mexico. Prior to beginning her career as a law professor, Professor Gómez clerked for Judge Dorothy W. Nelson on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and worked as a legislative aide to U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman of New Mexico. Her books include Misconceiving Mothers: Legislators, Prosecutors and the Politics of Prenatal Drug Exposure (1997); Mapping “Race”: Critical Approaches to Health Disparities Research (2013), a book co-edited with Dr. Nancy López; Manifest Destinies: The Making of the Mexican American Race (2007; reissued 2018); and Inventing Latinos (2020).


5:30PM - 6:30PM Tue 9 Nov 2021 ( Timezone: Pacific )