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    We see you: New department name uplifts Central Americans

    “We need to lead the way nationally. And hopefully through that effort, we will open bridges and spaces where we learn more about each other,” said Leisy Abrego, the new department chair of the UCLA César E. Chávez Department of Chicana and Chicano and Central American Studies and a UCLA LPPI expert. Abrego is a member of the first large wave of Salvadoran immigrants who arrived in Los Angeles in the early 1980s. She has been teaching courses about Central American politics and migration and immigrant experiences at UCLA for years.