Faculty Spotlight: Enrique "Rick" Olguin

Enrique By Angela Reed

Enrique “Rick” Olguin is a political science and ethnic studies professor.  He has been teaching since 1985, and at North since 1992.   These are some excerpts from a conversation we had recently.  We also talked a bit about the ongoing issue of legislative (de)funding higher education.  He has agreed to advise and help student leaders as we organize events addressing this issue.  Stay tuned for more on that soon!

Of all the classes you teach, which is your favorite?

"AME 151.  It’s more fun than AME 150 because there’s more visual stuff.  This generation understands film.  Teaching how Jim Crow gets built isn’t as much fun as seeing it torn down.  The end of 150 is like the end of the second Lord of the Rings movie.  The bad guys are winning.”

Do you have any highlights for student success? 

“Take English 101 before you take any college transfer classes.  It will help you immensely.  Don’t take too many credits at once.  Either you’ll get overwhelmed, or faculty reduces the workload, which is a disservice to you when you get to a university.”

What are some of your pet peeves?

“Lack of curiosity, and cheating.”

What is something you recommend students read?

“The essay ‘Civil Disobedience’ by Henry David Thoreau.”  He laughs at the irony. “It teaches civil disobedience.  You’re taught rebellion.  Another one is ‘Why We Can’t Wait,’ by Martin Luther King, Jr.  I also think the Declaration of Independence should be memorized.”

What is something we don’t know about you? 

“Nothing I’ll ever admit to.”


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