Featured Alumnae
Christina Fletes • 2013
Genevieve Negron-Gonzales • 1996
Christina Fletes
Genevieve Negron Gonzales

The CLF family is very proud of (2013 Alumnae) for her OpEd "From the back of the bus to the back of the house" for exposing the pervasive racism and exploitation of workers in the restaurant industry. Christina is part of a growing number of activists/scholars who have first-hand experience of which they write about. Thank you Christina for your groundbreaking work.

Christina Fletes received the Chicana/Latina Foundation Scholarship in 2013. She is a concurrent degree student pursuing a Juris Doctor at UC Berkeley School of Law and a Master in Public Administration at the Harvard Kennedy School and will be graduating in May 2016.

Christina is a Managing Editor of the Harvard Journal of African American Public Policy and Senior Editor of the Harvard Journal of Hispanic Policy. She is a Gleitsman Leadership Fellow at Harvard’s Center for Public

Leadership. She has been published in the Los Angeles Times, Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law, and the Harvard Kennedy School Review.

Before law and grad school, she managed the first-ever national gathering of quantitative data on domestic workers (nannies, caregivers, housekeepers). In late 2012, the report, Home Economics, was released, receiving coverage in the NY Times, CNN, Democracy Now and other major outlets. The report has been an important tool to help pass domestic worker bill of rights in several states across the United States.

Christina was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and is proud to be Nicaraguan-American. She holds a BA in Ethnic Studies and Political Economy from UC Berkeley and is a first-generation college student.

Encountering Poverty
We are very excited to announce the release
of Genevieve Negron-Gonzales's (1996) book Encountering Poverty.

Genevieve along with coauthors, grew up near the United States-Mexico border in Southern California, a fact that’s shaped her as a researcher, educator, and activist.

Now an assistant professor of leadership studies at USF’s School of Education, Genevieve, at 16, campaigned against California’s Proposition 187 — a 1994 ballot measure approved by voters that denied undocumented immigrants access to public services. That fall, she watched as the U.S. Border Patrol launched Operation Gatekeeper, increasing border policing.

“In many ways, immigration politics were always a part of my life and upbringing. I grew up during some of the pivotal moments in California history and the state’s attacks on immigrants,” she says. “As a Chicano professor, it’s really important that my work contributes to a public conversation around building a more equitable society.”

Encountering Poverty challenges mainstream frameworks of global poverty. By focusing on the power and privilege that underpin persistent impoverishment and using tools of critical analysis and pedagogy, Negrón-Gonzales and her coauthors explore the current opportunities for and limits of poverty action. The book invites students, educators, activists, and development professionals to think and act against inequality by foregrounding, rather than sidestepping, the long history of development and the ethical dilemmas of poverty action today.

The book is available on: University of California Press




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