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Jorge Chapa (1953-2015) was the director of the Center on Democracy in a Multiracial Society (CDMS) from 2006 to 2011, a professor at the Institute of Government and Public Affairs (IGPA) (2011-2015), as well as a professor of Latina/Latino Studies (2006-2015), and Sociology at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign (2006-2011). Before coming to Urbana-Champaign, he was a professor and founding director of Latino Studies at Indiana University, Bloomington (1999-2006). Chapa was also a professor at the Lyndon B. Johnson (LBJ) School of Public Affairs (1988-1999), Associate Dean of Graduate Studies, and director of the Graduate Opportunity Program, all at the University of Texas at Austin (1993-1999). He served as an expert witness in a number of voting and redistricting cases in Texas, Illinois, Colorado, and Ohio from 1989-2011 and as member of the U.S. Bureau of the Census Advisory Committee on the Hispanic Population (1994-2002). His research interests focused on Latino educational achievement and access into higher education as well as economic and occupational mobility. He identified underlying causes and helped develop policies, programs, and laws to improve their participation. For instance, he assisted in formulating the Texas House Bill 588, Texas Top Ten Percent Plan, which significantly increased the university enrollment of underrepresented minorities.
The papers include Chapa's publications, records related to court cases for which he was an expert witness, some of his correspondence, class materials, research studies, and presentations. Also included are his records from various organizations he was involved in including Chicano Political Economy Collective (ChPEC), the CDMS, IGPA, and the LBJ School of Public Affairs.
Organized into 3 series: Series 1, Publications, 1974-2008, arranged chronologically; Series 2, Court Cases, 1989-2011, arranged chronologically; and Series 3, Professional Papers, 1977-2015, arranged into three sections, ChPEC records, course materials, and organizational papers, organized within sections chronologically.