Surge of Central American Children Roils U.S. Immigration Debate

Surge of Central American Children Roils U.S. Immigration Debate | Pew Research Center for the People and the Press.

Immigration policy leads to kids in custody | Opinion

June 24, 2014—Immigration policy leads to kids in custody | Opinion | The Register-Guard | Eugene, Oregon.

Op-Ed: “Immigration Policy Leads to Kids in Custody,” by Lynn Stephen, Director, Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies.

“Imagine 40 children from Edison Elementary School, Roosevelt Middle School and South Eugene High School crowded into a holding cell in the Lane County Jail with two toilets to share.

”They sleep on the concrete floor, sharing blankets. They have a scarcity of food. These are the conditions endured by Central American children in the U.S. Border patrol’s custody.”

To read this op-ed in its entirety, link to: Immigration policy leads to kids in custody | Opinion.

Championing Undergraduate Research: UO-UNAM Exchange Program Encouraged Erica Ledesma to Pursue Graduate Studies

Erica Ledesma, on her Study Abroad year in Mexico City.

Erica Ledesma, on her Study Abroad year in Mexico City.

Erica Ledesma studied at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) through UO program and is working with Dr. Lynn Stephen, Director, Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies (CLLAS), on original research project.

May 2014—A fifth-year senior, Erica Ledesma is a first-generation Mexican-American, Chicana identified, attending the University of Oregon on a diversity scholarship. An ethnic studies and cultural anthropology major with a minor in Latin American studies, she wants to pursue graduate school.

Although Spanish is her mother language, all of Erica’s formal education has taken place in English beginning with her pre-school days in southern Oregon—until, that is, she spent a year in Mexico City in UO’s new exchange program with the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). › Continue reading

Championing Undergraduate Research: Niria Garcia’s Field Research in Brazil Underscores the Importance of Developing More Funds

Niria Garcia during her Study Abroad research trip to Brazil.

Niria Garcia during her Study Abroad research trip to Brazil.

May 2014—A UO senior and first generation Chicana born and raised in Oregon, Niria Garcia was working on a philosophy paper on the examined life when she hit a wall in her writing. She found herself daydreaming about a program she hoped to attend. As an environmental studies and Latin American studies major interested in social justice and sustainable development, she felt drawn to SIT Study Abroad’s Social Justice and Sustainable Development program, which would allow her to begin learning a third language, arrange homestays for her, and provide her the unique opportunity to do original field-based research in northeast Brazil. › Continue reading

CLLAS Illustrates Its Work at Showcase Oregon 2014

At Showcase Oregon 2014, CLLAS GTF Linda Barrera talked with Javier Cervantes about the poster she designed. Cervantes is the Director of Diversity and Community Engagement at Linn-Benton Community College / photo by Jack Liu.

At Showcase Oregon 2014, CLLAS GTF Linda Barrera talked with Javier Cervantes about the poster she designed. Cervantes is the Director of Diversity and Community Engagement at Linn-Benton Community College / photo by Jack Liu.

The UO Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies was one of many campus entities that participated in the one-day symposium Showcase Oregon 2014: Incorporating Best Practices in Equity, Inclusion and Diversity. Held on May 22, 2014, the event was hosted by the Office of the Vice-President for Equity and Inclusion and its affiliate units of CoDaC, the Multicultural Center, Center for Multicultural Academic Excellence and the Many Nations Longhouse. The one-day symposium focused on the work that lies ahead in equity, inclusion and diversity at the University of Oregon. › Continue reading

Now Available: Spring 2014 issue of CLLAS Notes

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Highlights of the spring 2014 newsletter of the UO Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies includes:

  • CLLAS receives stable funding from UO through base budgeting
  • César Chávez Victoria, a graphic artist from Oaxaca, Mexico, delivers a full package during his 4-day UO residency
  • Genocide Grant Brings two Scholars to Campus
  • Pulitzer-Prize Winning Journalist Hector Tobar Inspires a Packed Audience
  • Graduate and Collaborative Research Projects detail farmworker testimony; traditional building vs. concrete block in Guatemala; inhibitory control in the bilingual brain.


Giving to CLLAS

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