Robert Alvarez is a teacher and a social activist devoted to mentoring the next generation of Latino leaders. Having never heard of the Lemon Grove Incident as a child, he was surprised to discover that Roberto Alvarez, his father, represented Mexican children experiencing segregation in the country's first successful school desegregation case (Roberto Alvarez vs. the Board of Trustees of the Lemon Grove School District). A Ford Fellow, Alvarez was the first Chicano to get a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Stanford University. Alvarez is currently a Professor Emeritus at the University of California at San Diego and serves as the first Chicano President of the Society for Applied Anthropology. His research interests include the application of anthropology to practical problem solving especially regarding communities of color in the United States and their countries of origin. Alvarez grew up in Logan, Linda Vista, Lemon Grove, and East San Diego, attended Crawford High School and has a passion for service, particularly with regard to helping kids get to college.
"There's no such thing as neutral. Take a stand. Get involved."