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Mardirosian (Vahac) papers
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Reverend Vahac Mardirosian has been a major advocate of Mexican-American educational reforms in Los Angeles and San Diego school districts since the early 1960s. This collection contains material related to his pastoral work, his involvement with the 1968 East Los Angeles walk-out demonstration and organizations he helped found and run, including the Hispanic Urban Center Board of Education (founded 1970) and Parent Institute for Quality Education (founded 1987). Materials include clippings and press releases, letters and statements, notes, sermons, evaluation reports, reading score percentiles and rankings, memoranda, fact sheets and administrative documents, and cover a wide variety of educational topics including bilingual education, integration, teachers' attitudes towards Mexican American students, parental involvement, and reading achievement.
Reverend Vahac Mardirosian has been a leading advocate of educational reform in Southern California, especially in the Mexican American communities, since the late 1960s. Of Armenian descent, he was born in Alepo, Syria and raised in Mexico City and Tijuana. He became ordained as a Baptist priest in California in 1946 and went on to serve the Mexican American communities of Topeka and Chicago, before returning to California in the 1950s. In 1968 he became involved with the walk-out protests at Garfield High School in the East Los Angeles School District. He acted as a mediator with administrators and became a representative of parents and students in his role as chairman of the Educational Issues Coordinating Committee (EICC).
3.75 Linear Feet (7 document boxes and 1 half document box)
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