Academia and Activism

A profile of Alvaro Huerta, the son of Mexican immigrants who is combining his urban planning studies with social activism.
October 20, 2009, 11am PDT | Tim Halbur
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"Huerta, currently studying city and urban planning at UC Berkeley and a visiting scholar at UCLA's Chicano Studies Research Center, says his goal is to understand "how people find ways to make an honest living and collect census information of undocumented workers, to figure out how they organize and how they survive in a hostile economy."

"He's heading into an entirely new type of work, what I'd call an academic practitioner," says Leo Estrada, a professor in the Department of Urban Planning, who has known Huerta for over eight years. "He conducts research, writes, and teaches, but also has a foot in the community. He's created this new kind of entity.""

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Published on Thursday, October 1, 2009 in UCLA Magazine
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