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Portillo on crushing the American dream

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Professor_Shannon_PortilloProfessor Shannon Portillo wrote a blog article for the Consortium of Undergraduate Law & Justice Program titled, "Crushing American Dreams." Here's an excerpt:

"I have a student named Carmen. Carmen is the American Dream come to life. She came to the U.S. as a young child because her mother wanted to her to have the opportunity to work hard and get ahead. She grew up knowing if she worked hard she could achieve anything. Carmen was the first in her family to go to college....

This summer she was in my graduate Law and Public Management class. That was when she broke my heart.... Her final project explored ideas of affirmative action, equal opportunity, and tokenism in hiring.... Her classes, the research we did together [on social justice], and her work for her final paper all exposed the gap – the gap between our ideals as Americans and the reality of lived experiences for people of color, women, and especially women of color."

Read Dr. Portillo's full blog article here.


Ruth DeWitt, Communications Manager
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