UC Davis sociologist to speak about residential segregation, school closures

Jesus Hernandez, who has a doctorate in sociology from the University of California, Davis, will speak in Sacramento Thursday night about residential segregation and school closures.

The community forum, free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Black Parallel School Board and the Southeast Village Neighborhood Association.

Hernandez will discuss his research, including the dynamics that lead to segregation in neighborhoods.

In July, Hernandez testified in Sacramento’s federal court in support of families who filed suit to block closure of seven elementary campuses in the Sacramento City Unified School District.

The plaintiffs had alleged that campuses targeted for closure were in low-income neighborhoods where families have little political influence. A U.S. District Court judge in late July rejected the parents’ bid to block the school closures and dismissed the case altogether in September.

Hernandez said his research on schools was part of a larger project that initially explored patterns of subprime lending and segregation and, ultimately, how economic development and neighborhoods were shaped by such decisions.

The forum, which runs 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., will be in the George Sim Community Center, 6207 Logan St., Sacramento.

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