CME Book Talk Series ft. UW Professor Charles Hirschman

The Center for Multicultural Education at the University of Washington cordially invites you and your colleagues to the 20th Book Talk in its Book Talk Series…

From High School to College: Gender, Immigrant Generation, and Race-Ethnicity

Charles Hirschman, Evans School of Public Policy & Governance and the Department of Sociology, UW

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Friday, April 7th from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM

Yukon Pacific Room at the UW Club. Book Signing to Follow.

Please RSVP by March 31st by email: or phone: 206-543-3386

Today, over 75 percent of high school seniors aspire to graduate from college. However, only one-third of Americans hold a bachelor’s degree, and college graduation rates vary significantly by race/ethnicity and parental socioeconomic status. If most young adults aspire to obtain a college degree, why are these disparities so great? Charles Hirschman in From High School to College: Gender, Immigration Generation, and Race-Ethnicity illuminates how gender, immigration, and ethnicity influence the path to college graduation. He analyzes the period between leaving high school and completing college for nearly 10,000 public and private school students across the Pacific Northwest. Hirschman finds that although there are few gender, racial, or immigration-related disparities in students’ aspirations to attend and complete college, certain groups succeed at the highest rates. With a growing number of young adults seeking college degrees, understanding the barriers that different students encounter provides vital information for social scientists and educators.

charles1Charles Hirschman is the Boeing International Professor in the Department of Sociology and the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs and Governance at the University of Washington. In addition to his long-standing interests on social and demographic change in Southeast Asia, he has published extensively on immigration, ethnic inequality, and education. He has been elected President of the Population Association of America (2005), Chair of Section K (Social, Economic, and Political Sciences) of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences (2004-04), and is an elected fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Washington State Academy of Sciences. He has been a visiting fellow at the center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences (1993-4), the Russel Sage Foundation (1998-99), and a Fulbright Visiting Professor at the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.


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