ILACHE to present Lifetime Achievement Award posthumously to Jorge Chapa

Friday, April 22, 2016

ILACHE to present Lifetime Achievement Award posthumously to Jorge Chapa

Photo of Jorge Chapa

 The Illinois Latino Council on Higher Education (ILACHE) has announced that it will present a Lifetime Achievement Award posthumously to Professor Jorge Chapa, an IGPA demographer and sociologist who died in October 2015. 

Chapa joined IGPA in 2011, after having served as the director of the Center on Democracy in a Multiracial Society on the Urbana-Champaign campus. He had previously taught at the University of Texas at Austin and Indiana University. While he received his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley in Sociology, Jorge considered himself a demographer with a policy bent. He was widely published on the subjects of Latino policy issues and demographic trends and their political implications. His seminal 2004 book on Latino immigration to the Midwest, Apple Pie and Enchiladas (coauthored with Ann V. Millard on the University of Texas Press) is the standard treatment of one of the most important political and demographic changes to the region in the past generation.

Chapa joined the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2006 after serving on the faculty at Indiana University and the University of Texas as Austin. He will be honored at an April 29th luncheon during ILACHE's 24th annual Professional and Student Development Conference at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb.