Edgar Reynald Velazquez
Ph.D. student, Department of History
Edgar’s research focuses on 1960s periodicals that cover student and community activism during the Chicana/o Movement. Student and regional newspapers covered issues that local leaders highlighted and fought for during the time, and they reveal different regional interests that provide insight into El Movimiento.
Road to the Moody School:
Edgar grew up in the Chicagoland area surrounded by a community of Mexican immigrants, which helped him embrace his heritage. He has worked on several independent films with Parkside Films LLC. that have screened at various film festivals, including the Chicago International Film Festival and the San Antonio Film Festival. Additionally, his work in the public history program at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio led to an opportunity as a fellow for the Smithsonian’s Latino Museum Studies Program. Edgar plans to further his research into student activism during the Chicana/o Movement, which he began exploring at St. Mary’s and the Smithsonian.