Presentation Details

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The Eleventh International Literacy and Education Research Network Conference on Learning

Reflective Discourse on Race and Culture, Reconfiguring America’s Ethnic Dynamic: The Impact of Latinos Outnumbering

Sr. Mario Castaneda Jr..

The United States has experienced a profound demographic change in the recent past. As reported by the 2000 Census, nearly one out of four Americans is a member of a minority group. As an additional result of this demographic shift, Latinos now supposedly outnumber African-Americans. This demographic change not only has numerical impact, but also has changed the social, economic, legal and political dynamic of race and ethnicity in the United States. This shift is visibly evident in the nation’s urban communities where African-Americans and Latinos are living together. The workshop will examine empirical data about racial identification according to the 2000 Census, and examine the relationships between African-Americans and Latinos form a cultural perspective and focus on the local as well as the national overview.


Sr. Mario Castaneda Jr.  (United States)
doctotorial student
Organizational Leadership Graduate School of Education and Psychology
Pepperdine University

Mario Castañeda, M.A.
B.A., California State , Long Beach ; M.A., University of San Francisco
Castañeda is an educational practitioner who has been a teacher, counselor, coordinator, and curriculum and staff development specialist. He has taught both pre- and post-service teachers at universities and colleges throughout Southern California . His areas of expertise include the social sciences, second language acquisition, specially designed academic instruction in education, and cross-cultural and multicultural education. Castañeda's research has explored the social and educational success of the Central American community, the African legacy of Central America , and issues of inter-group relations between ethnic minority groups.

  • Ethnic Relations
  • African-American & Latinos

(30 min. Conference Paper, English)