Linda Chavez

Linda Chavez

President of the Becoming American Institute, Columnist, and Political Analyst for FOX News

Speaker Categories: Women in Politics & World Affairs | Women in the Media | Media | Education | Immigration Reform | U.S. Correspondents, Hosts, and Media | Political Conservatives | Human Resources & The Workforce | Diversity & Inclusion | Diversity & Inclusion

Travels From: VA, United States.

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President of the Becoming American Institute, Columnist,
and Political Analyst for FOX News

Linda Chavez is president of the Becoming American Institute, a non-profit public policy organization in Boulder, CO.  She is a well-known politically conservative commentator. She writes a weekly syndicated column that appears in newspapers across the country and is a political analyst for FOX News Channel. 

Books

Chavez authored Out of the Barrio: Toward a New Politics of Hispanic Assimilation, which the Denver Post described as a book that “should explode the stereotypes about Hispanics that have clouded the minds of patronizing liberals and xenophobic conservatives alike.” National Review described Chavez’s memoir, An Unlikely Conservative: The Transformation of an Ex-Liberal, as a “brilliant, provocative, and moving book.”

Living Legend

In 2000, Chavez was honored by the Library of Congress as a “Living Legend” for her contributions to America’s cultural and historical legacy.  In January 2001, Chavez was President George W. Bush’s nominee for Secretary of Labor until she withdrew her name from consideration.

Appointments

Chavez has held a number of appointed positions, among them Chairman, National Commission on Migrant Education (1988-1992); White House Director of Public Liaison (1985); Staff Director of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (1983-1985); and she was a member of the Administrative Conference of the United States (1984-1986).  Chavez was the Republican nominee for U.S. Senator from Maryland in 1986.  In 1992, she was elected by the United Nations’ Human Rights Commission to serve a four-year term as U.S. Expert to the U.N. Sub-commission on the Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities. 

Editor

Chavez was also editor of the prize-winning quarterly journal American Educator (1977-1983), published by the American Federation of Teachers, where she also served as assistant to AFT president Al Shanker (1982-1983) and assistant director of legislation (1975-1977).

Affiliations

Linda Chavez serves on the Board of Directors of ABM Industries, Inc. and REO, Inc., a high technology company in Boulder, Colorado, as well as on boards of several non-profit organizations.  

Education

Linda was born in Albuquerque, NM, on June 17, 1947, received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from the University of Colorado in 1970 and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from George Mason University in 2012.  She currently resides in Boulder, Colorado.  

Affirmative Action

Racial preferences are now a well established part of employment, education, and voting rights practices. The federal government runs 19 programs for "disadvantaged" bankers. Even adoption agencies are required to consider race when finding homes for parent-less children.

Bilingual Education

Multiculturalists have a firm grip on both elementary and secondary schools and the universities. Their ideology of racial and ethnic difference risks balkanizing our multiracial society. Students who don't speak English are locked away in special programs that try to maintain native languages rather than teach English, often without their parents' consent. In many urban schools, African American students are fed a racialist "Afrocentric" curriculum of dubious merit.

Immigration and Assimilation

With the United States admitting high numbers of immigrants, America's ability to accept newcomers will increasingly depend upon finding a pro-assimilation middle-ground between nativists who say that today's immigrants cannot assimilate and multiculturalists who say that they should not.

Dangers of Union Political Influence on American Politics

Workplace Diversity: Necessity or Myth?

  • Betrayal: How Union Bosses Shake Down Their Members and Corrupt American Politics
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  • An Unlikely Conservative: The Transformation of an Ex-Liberal [Or How I Became the Most Hated Hispanic in America]
    An Unlikely Conservative: The Transformation of an Ex-Liberal [Or How I Became the Most Hated Hispanic in America] Purchase Book
  • Out of the Barrio: Toward A New Politics Of Hispanic Assimilation
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  • Betrayal: How Union Bosses Shake Down Their Members and Corrupt American Politics
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  • An Unlikely Conservative: The Transformation of an Ex-Liberal [Or How I Became the Most Hated Hispanic in America]
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Testimonials

  • The Linda Chavez event was great! We had a really good response from students and community with a crowd of at least 150, which filled our auditorium to standing room only. We had a very nice dinner at the country club and sold many autographed copies of her book.


    Sul Ross State University Rio
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