Tomás Rivera
American academic
Tomás Rivera
Tomás Rivera was a Chicano author, poet, and educator. He was born in Texas to migrant farm workers, and worked in the fields as a young boy. However, he achieved social mobility through education—earning a degree at Southwest Texas State University (now known as Texas State University), and later a Doctor of Philosophy degree (PhD) at the University of Oklahoma—and came to believe strongly in the virtues of education for Mexican-Americans.
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MOORE LEAGUE CAPSULES - Long Beach Press-Telegram
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... 6-4, 185, WR, Sr.; Randall Goforth, 5-10, 160, WR/DB, Sr.; Richard Smith, 5-8, 150, WR, Sr.; Salamo Fiso, 6-0, 200, LB, Sr.; Chaiyse Hales, 5-10, 200, QB, Sr.; Nemo Stefanovic, 6-1, 255, OL, Sr.; Tomas Rivera, 6-6, 290, OL/DL, Sr.; Manusamoa Luuga,
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Poly Jackrabbits: Back to Basics - Gazette Newspapers
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Nemo Stefanovic has emerged as the leader of a group that will include Tomas Rivera, Drew Ho, Jason Fao, and Pua Peapea, among others. Quarterback Chaiyse Hales returns with his favorite receivers Josiah Blandin, Richie Smith, and Randall Goforth,
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Ivana Perren presentó sus canciones de cuna en el espectáculo “Alcanzando sueños” - El Diario del Sur de Córdoba
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Actuaron, también, Tomás Rivera (bajo), Marcelo Suárez (percusión y accesorios), Alexis Verde (guitarra), Genoveva Madoz (teclados), David Rodríguez (guitarra y viola), Federico Bonino y Mariana Bono (violín), Renata Bonamici (violoncello),
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Por las noches - El Diario del Sur de Córdoba
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Actuará con una banda compuesta por Lucas Rivera, Tomás Rivera y Alejandro Rivero. Supper. Esta noche, Supper Club (sobre ruta 2), abrirá sus puertas para brindar una velada para mayores de 30 años. Las mujeres recibirán con la entrada una botella de
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Regularizarán predios en la Laguna Madre - El Diario de Ciudad Victoria
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Al respecto, el titular del Instituto Tamaulipeco de Vivienda y Urbanismo (Itavu), Tomás Rivera Loo, explicó que el pasado 31 de julio venció el plazo donde se condonaba el pago a los pescadores que tuvieran predios a mil 500 metros
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Student Affairs Vice President Juan González Announces Return to Teaching - University of Texas at Austin News
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He also has been a consultant to the California Post-Secondary Commission, the Tomás Rivera Research Center and the Hispanic Leadership Development Forum. He has been on the advisory boards of the American Council on Education, Hispanic Association of
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Nieto de Rafael Hernández Colón da efusivo mensaje en la Asamblea del PPD - Primera Hora
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En medio de entusiastas aplausos afirmó que quiere que el Partido Popular gané las próximas elecciones para que Eduardo Bhatia sustituya a Tomás Rivera Schatz en la presidente del Senado, para que Héctor Ferrer sustituya en Pedro Pierluisi en
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MENIFEE: Bell Mountain gets new principal - North County Times
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Lizarraga, a Temecula resident, was to be a principal on special assignment for English learner support services in Val Verde, which is headquartered in Perris. He was principal at Tomas Rivera Middle School for five years and also was principal at
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Fortuño 2012: ¿Hasta cuándo? - Claridad
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Indicó que si Fortuño trata de “imponer” a Pierluisi, hay un sector del PNP que le ha advertido que lo apoyarían “todo el camino”, pero que de no ser él, el candidato deberá ser el presidente del Senado, Tomás Rivera Schatz. De surgir ese escenario,
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En Villa María y en Córdoba - El Diario del Sur de Córdoba
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Además, el trío estará acompañado de los músicos locales Lucas Rivera en teclados, Tomás Rivera en bajo, Alexis Verde en guitarras y Lorenzo Soria en percusión. Las funciones durarán una hora y estarán destinadas a niños desde los tres a los diez años
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Atribuyen a maniobra descertificación de la Facultad de Derecho Eugenio María ... - Claridad
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San Juan, 4 julio 2011 - La resolución del Tribunal Supremo de Puerto Rico de negar la acreditación a la Fundación Facultad de Derecho Eugenio María de Hostos (FDEMDH) estuvo influenciada por el presidente del Senado, Tomás Rivera Schatz,
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Homeowners, renters and businesses affected by Massachusetts tornado urged to ... - MassLive.com
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By Elizabeth Roman, The Republican 06.28.2011 | The Republican photo by Mark M. Murray | SPRINGFIELD – FEMA workers Magda Reyes, left and Tomas Rivera, right, talk with home owner Celeste Femia, infront of her tornado damaged home on Arcadia Blvd,
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Clinic filling cavities, and a void - Chicago Tribune
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Tomas Rivera feels fortunate. He found a dentist in the Englewood neighborhood that his 6-year-old son adores. "It's hard to find a good doctor. We got lucky with him," Rivera said. It hasn't been easy
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UTEP Honors Pre-Pharmacy Students - KTSM News Channel 9
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The ceremony, which is held at 6:30 pm at the Tomas Rivera Conference Center, honors pre-pharmacy students by giving them white lab coats, needed for pharmacy school. The students are part of the UTEP-UT Austin Cooperative Pharmacy Program,
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Rivera Schatz va a programa de la comunidad gay - El Nuevo Dia.com
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El presidente del Senado, Tomas Rivera Schatz, participará esta noche en el programa radial “Saliendo del clóset”, dirigido a comunidad homosexual. Rivera Schatz será entrevistado en el programa radial que se transmite en vivo y se escucha por la
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Presentación de Parc en el Rectorado - El Diario del Sur de Córdoba
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César Seppey y Gustavo Rodríguez (guitarras), Solana Cortés (percusión), Stefanía Parsi (xilofón), David Rodríguez y Mariana Bono en violines, Lucas y Tomás Rivera, Alexis Galfré (trombón) y Pablo Vélez (mandolina). JRS
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Los disidentes, excluidos - Esto
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... Federico Sarabia Pozo, Tomás Rivera Carrasco y Arturo Hernández Cano, quienes fungieron como miembros del Consejo de Administración hasta el pasado 12 de febrero, además a Héctor Rojas Hernández, Ramsés Dolores Anguiano y Saúl Ángeles Cepeda
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Timeline
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    FORTIES
  • 1984
    Age 48
    Rivera died May 16, 1984 in his Fontana home.
    More Details Hide Details He is remembered as a gifted teacher, consummate administrator and acclaimed poet by many. After his death, many plazas, schools and certifications were named in his honor: a University of Texas at Austin professorship, the primary University of California, Riverside library and a plaza (as mentioned above), a Riverside Unified School District elementary school, a Denton, Texas elementary school, a Val Verde Unified School District middle school, a Crystal City (his hometown) elementary school, a Mexican-American children's book, an honorary doctorate from Santa Clara University and was named a distinguished alumnus by Texas State University. His work is studied in courses of American and Chicano literature, and the Tomás Rivera Policy Institute bearing his name continues to publish studies on educational, immigration, economic, and other issues important to Hispanic-Americans. At the University of Texas at San Antonio, a tutoring center is named in his honor. At Texas State University Student Center Drive was renamed Tomas Rivera Drive in his honor. In 1995, the College of Education at Texas State established the Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children's Book Award "to honor authors and illustrators who create literature that depicts the Mexican American experience"; winners have included such notable authors as Rudolfo Anaya, Pat Mora, and Gary Soto.
  • 1979
    Age 43
    Rivera worked as corporate officer of the Times Mirror Company before leaving to become chancellor of the University of California, Riverside in 1979, a position he held until his death in 1984.
    More Details Hide Details While working in his various administrative roles, Rivera insisted that he continue teaching, despite it no longer being required: highlighting his dedication to higher education. Interestingly, Rivera chose to include migrant labor in his Curriculum Vita, a sign that he never forgot his beginnings, history or true identity. Above all, according to Hinojosa, Rivera considered himself to be a professor. Despite his other achievements, Rivera contributed greatly to the literary world with his short stories, poetry and scholarly works. But he is best known for his novel, y no se lo tragó la tierra (1971); for which he received the first Premio Quinto Sol literary award in 1971. Quinto Sol was a publishing house founded in 1967 by UC Berkeley students and faculty to disseminate Chicano/a literature and culture. They created the Premio Quinto Sol literary prize to recognize and promote Chicano authors.
  • 1978
    Age 42
    He became the executive vice president of the University of Texas at El Paso in 1978.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1973
    Age 37
    In 1973, he was appointed an associate dean and in 1975 became a vice-president.
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  • 1971
    Age 35
    Upon completing his Ph.D., Rivera taught as an associate professor at Sam Houston State University until 1971.
    More Details Hide Details He then became a professor of Spanish at University of Texas at San Antonio.
  • 1969
    Age 33
    By 1969, Rivera had received a Ph.D. in Romance languages and Literature, as well as a M.A. in Spanish literature, both from the University of Oklahoma.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1964
    Age 28
    At the same school, Rivera earned a M.Ed. in Educational Administration in 1964.
    More Details Hide Details Rivera earned all of his post-secondary degrees while he was working as a high school teacher. He taught both Spanish and English at schools in League City, Crystal City and San Antonio, Texas. He also taught Spanish and French at Southwest Texas Junior College.
  • 1958
    Age 22
    Here, he had earned a B.A. in English with minors in Spanish, History and Education by 1958.
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    He married Concepción Garza on November 27, 1958.
    More Details Hide Details The couple had two daughters, Ileana and Irasema, and one son, Javier. In an article commemorating Rivera's life, Rolando Hinojosa remembers Tomás and Concepción (Concha) as party hosts, writing that although they were both extremely hard workers, they knew how to enjoy themselves and their door was always open to whoever wanted. Hinojosa comments that the pair "loved each other as much as they loved life". It was customary for Chicanos of the Midwest to live the majority of their lives working in the fields, an occurrence Rivera included in y no se lo tragó la tierra. Despite that his Chicano culture was rooted in migratory field work, Rivera not only graduated from secondary school but moved quickly through his post-secondary education. Rivera graduated from Crystal City High School in Texas in 1954. He then majored in English at Southwest Texas Jr. College in 1956. Immediately thereafter, he attended Southwest Texas State University.
    Rivera graduated with a degree in English from the Southwest Texas State University in 1958 and taught English and Spanish at secondary schools from 1957 to 1965.
    More Details Hide Details He strongly believed that post-secondary education was the only way Chicanos could evolve from migrant work. He worked in public schools until he could further his education at the University of Oklahoma, where he graduated with a PhD in Romance Languages and Literature in 1969. Rivera's extensive education gave him the step up that he needed. Rivera was (and is) a role-model for young Chicanos throughout the United States because of his involvement in the community and his success as a scholar and writer.
  • 1956
    Age 20
    Rivera worked as a field labourer until 1956; at this point he was enrolled in Southwest Texas Junior College and the school would not permit him to miss class.
    More Details Hide Details This signified the end of his migrant working days and the beginning of a new life. The first-hand experience Rivera had from growing up as a migrant worker provided him with writing material for his literary works. His novel y no se lo tragó la tierra is semi-autobiographical and is based around the migratory life of a young boy. As Rivera grew up in the late 20th century, he discovered some of the difficulties Chicanos faced as lower-class Mexican descendants. While trying to get published, Rivera encountered some racism; this was mainly because his writings were in Spanish, thus restricting his audience. The unjust and frustrating situation faced by many Chicanos motivated Rivera. He understood that the only way to get ahead in life was through education.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1935
    Born
    Rivera was born on December 22, 1935, in Crystal City, Texas, to Spanish-speaking, migrant farmworkers, Florencio and Josefa Rivera.
    More Details Hide Details At eleven years old, Rivera was in a car accident in Bay City, Michigan. After the accident, Rivera decided to write his first story about the wreck and called it "The Accident". In an interview with Juan D. Bruce-Novoa, Rivera explains: "I felt a sensation I still get when I write. I wanted to capture something I would never forget and it happened to be the sensation of having a wreck". Rivera continued writing throughout high school, creative pieces as well as essays. He dreamed of being a sportswriter as an adult, inspired by what he read most, sports articles and adventure stories. In the same article, Rivera explains the reality of growing up with ambitions to be a writer in a migrant worker family. He explains that "When people asked what I wanted to be, I'd tell them a writer. They were surprised or indifferent. If people don't read, what is a writer?". His grandfather was his main supporter though and provided him with supplies and encouragement.
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