Omar Sanchez

Student NameOmar Sanchez
Faculty Mentor NamePaul Ortiz
CollegeCollege of Liberal Arts and Sciences
MinorRonald E. McNair Scholar
Research InterestsAmerican Studies, Latino/x Literature, Latino/x History, Community Studies, Oral History, Ethnic Studies
Academic AwardsN/A
OrganizationsMexican American Student Association, Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity Incorporated, Adelante Peer Leader, Samuel Proctor Oral History Program
Hobbies and InterestsSoccer

Research Project

Comparative Analysis of Ethnic Studies in Higher Education

Every year students are taught about the basics: math, science, English and history. The problem with how history is taught in the education system is that some of the country’s history is erased. Often minority students do not see themselves in their education because it just isn’t taught when they are in elementary, middle, and high school. There is a lack of representation in our education system for minority students and students of different ethnicities. I would like to propose doing research through oral history, historical pieces, documentaries, and different writings to show how Latinx students aren’t exposed to their culture through school and the different fights about the lack of ethnic studies. When students are not allowed to learn about their culture, they are being forced to conform to appease the education system. They lose a part of themselves. Being able to learn about them makes a difference for minority students.