Once the lingua franca of Mexico, Nahuatl was eventually overtaken by Spanish. Today, the Aztec language is spoken only by 1.5 million people in Mexico, many of whom live in the state of Veracruz on the western edge of the Gulf of Mexico.
Sixteen urban planning students from the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs worked on a research project to assist and inform Mexico City officials and their consultant on ways to improve life in Tacubaya.
This professor of art history and Chicana/o studies received the 2016 Gold Shield Faculty Prize, given by the Gold Shield Alumnae of UCLA to a mid-career faculty member with outstanding accomplishments.
Ely Guerra, an internationally acclaimed singer-songwriter from Mexico, came to UCLA to meet with students, discuss issues with a Spanish class studying Mexican cultures and perform in a free concert as a UC Regents Lecturer.
In California, where bilingual instruction is largely prohibited, secondary students who don’t speak English quickly fall behind. But a project to create a bilingual online curriculum is being led by UCLA professor Patricia Gándara.
Francisco J. López-Flores grew up living in the shadows to keep his identity as a Mexican national hidden. But under President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program, he has a work permit, a Social Security card and a future.