Francisco Gaytan smiles into the camera.
Director of ENLACE Leadership Institute, Interim Coordinator of Latino/a & Latin American Studies
Social Work
Sociology and Latino and Latin American Studies
College of Arts and Sciences
College of Education
(773 )442-4877
Social Work with Latinos, Immigration, Social Inequality and Social Mobility, Race and Ethnicity, Educational Access and Opportunity
Courses Taught
SWK 324: Social Work Practice with Latino Communities
SWK 328: Social Work With Groups
SWK 310: Research Practicum I
SWK 311: Research Practicum II
SWK 308: Social Work with Immigrants and Refugees
LEAD 429: Research Design and Analysis of Educational Data
LEAD 496C: Seminar in Higher Education: Critical Policy Issues in Latino Higher Education
Research Interests
My research generally focuses on social mobility through education, access to post-secondary education among Latinos, first-generation college students and immigrants, and the role of public institutions for Latinos, particularly public universities and federally-designated Hispanic Serving Institutions.

Ph.D., New York University, Ed.M. Harvard University, M.S.W., University of California, Berkeley, B.S., Loyola University Chicago

Selected Publications

Gaytán, F.X. (2013). Social capital and the academic and ethnic resources of Mexican youth in New York City. In A. Sawyer & B. Jensen (Eds.), Regarding Educación: Mexican-American Schooling the 21st Century. New York: Teachers College Press.

Moreno, G. & Gaytán, F.X. (2013). Focus on Latino learners: Developing a foundational understanding of Latino cultures to cultivate student success. Preventing School Failure: Alternative Education for Children and Youth, 57:1, 7-16.

Moreno, G. & Gaytán, F.X. (2012). Reducing subjectivity in special education referrals by educators working with Latino students: Encouraging the incorporation of the Functional Behavioural Assessment as a pre-referral practice in student support teams. Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties, iFirst, 1-14

Gaytán, F.X. & Suárez-Orozco, C. (2011).  Social-emotional challenges for newcomer Latino youth in educational settings. In N.J. Cabrera, F.A. Villaruel, & H.E. Fitzgerald (Eds.), Latina and Latino Children's Mental Health, Volume 1: Development and Context. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger.

Suárez-Orozco, C., Gaytán, F.X., & Kim, H.Y. (2010). Facing the Challenges of Educating Latino Immigrant Origin Students. In Growing up Hispanic: Health and Development of Children of Immigrants. Nancy Landale, Susan McHale, & Alan Booth (Eds.), Washington, D.C.: The Urban Institute.

Suárez-Orozco, C., Gaytán, F. X. Bang, H, J. Pakes, O’Connor, E., & Rhodes, J. (2010). Academic trajectories of newcomer immigrant youth. Developmental Psychology, 46, 602-618.

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