L.A. Times features Dr. Manuel Pastor as an influential “activist scholar bringing the streets to the ivory tower”

ByERI Communications

“When people ask me why I love Los Angeles, I always answer it’s because it’s got the world’s biggest problems.”

We are delighted to announce that ERI Director, Dr. Manuel Pastor, has been recognized by the Los Angeles Times as one of the L.A. Influential in “The Civic Center” category. This acknowledgment highlights Dr. Pastor’s over 30 years of scholastic activism.

The L.A. Influential project by the Los Angeles Times is a new initiative that honors individuals who are shaping the future of Los Angeles through their leadership, creativity, and dedication. The project examines who holds influence in L.A. through profiles, essays, photography, and video, spotlighting the city’s top leaders across key institutions and cultural spaces. The project is divided into six categories, each featuring a collection of changemakers making significant contributions to their respective fields.

For over 30 years, Professor Manuel Pastor has been a trailblazer in scholastic activism, examining critical issues like the 1992 riots, economic disinvestment, and social stratification. His work bridges academia and community action, driving meaningful change.

Photo credit: © 2023 Christina House / Los Angeles Times, latimes.com/la-influential


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