A Farewell Letter from CLLAS founding director Lynn Stephen
Nine years ago, I worked with others to begin creating an intellectual community and collaborative research space that would connect UO faculty, students, and administrators to Latino and Latin American communities in Oregon, the United States, and abroad. Because this kind of space didn’t exist, we had to build it. Our vision was hemispheric, bringing together Latino/a and Latin American studies across many different borders, disciplines, and perspectives. We believed that intellectual and human connections that brought community into the university and the university into the community were at the heart of knowledge production, teaching, and research.
In the fall of 2007, the life of CLLAS began when an official advisory board was formed with Carlos Aguirre, Cecilia Enjuto Rangel, Pedro Garcia-Caro, Michael Hames-García, Kathryn Lynch, Ernesto Martínez, Gabriela Martínez, Edward Olivos, Analisa Taylor, Tania Triana, Stephanie Wood, and me as members. From that beginning, CLLAS has grown from a small center that was incubated with the support of the Center for the Study of Women in Society to an independent research center that sponsors dozens of events every year, supports graduate student and faculty research, runs four research action projects, and is widely connected in the state of Oregon, the United States, and in a number of Latin American countries.
On Saturday, April 24, 2010, CLLAS was formally launched at a family-friendly event at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art with CLLAS board members, community activists, students, and other supporters. Following are some of our outstanding accomplishments over the past six years: › Continue reading
Video Link: http://media.uoregon.edu/channel/archives/10890
This election season event allowed UO faculty and students to meet with people from a half dozen different community organizations to talk, strategize, build relationships, and plan an agenda together. Meeting on campus at Straub Hall, “Latin@s and the 2016 Election: Policies, Immigration, and Action” drew an audience focused on exploring the current nature of the Latin@ electorate and the issues most relevant to this constituency.
Presenters included Larry Kleinman, head of National Initiatives, CAPACES Leadership Institute, and Antonio Huerta, Outreach Manager, Opportunities Program, University of Oregon. The event featured sessions on gender, immigration and deportation, and youth participation. Speakers also discussed the presidential candidates and their respective policy positions.
“People who don’t normally get together were afforded an opportunity to do so,” observed CLLAS co-director Lynn Stephen. She noted the presence of participants from the national Dreamers movement, and activists from Kids on the Border, Centro LatinoAmericano, CAUSA, and PCUN. “CLLAS was able to further our commitment, links, and relationships with these organizations,” she said.
CLLAS founding director Lynn Stephen passes the torch of leadership and highlights the history and many achievements of the past nine years in the formation and growth of the Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies.
This spring issue of CLLAS Notes also includes greetings from the 2016-17 interim director, Gabriela Martínez, an associate professor in the School of Journalism and Communication. You’ll learn about Anabel Lopez-Salinas’s experiences as CLLAS Visiting Scholar. UO graduate student Lidiana Soto tells her moving personal story about crossing the border in her comments made as a panelist at the CSWS Northwest Women Writers Symposium.
Read about CLLAS-supported faculty and graduate student research and news and updates on research action projects, our Latino Roots Project, and faculty and graduate student achievements. Updates on CLLAS events include the CLLAS spring forum “Latin@s and the 2016 Election: Policies, Immigration, and Action,” a concert by Zapotec hip-hop artist Mare Advertencia Lirika, and a visit by artist Hector Villegas.
All this and more are included in this spring 2016 edition of CLLAS Notes, the twice-yearly newsletter for the Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies. Watch for yours soon in your campus or home mailbox, or view it now online.
directed by Lynn Stephen; produced by Sonia De La Cruz and Lynn Stephen
Lynn Stephen is co-director of CLLAS and a professor in the UO Department of Anthropology.
This documentary “explores the differential rights that U.S. citizen children and their undocumented parents have through the story of one extended Zapotec family. Shot in Oregon and Oaxaca, Mexico, and narrated by eleven-year old Cinthya, the film follows Cinthya’s trip to her parent’s home community of Teotitlán del Valle with her godmother, anthropologist Lynn Stephen. There she meets her extended family and discovers her indigenous Zapotec and Mexican roots. … At a larger level, Cinthya’s story illuminates the desires and struggles of the millions of families divided between the U.S. and other countries where children are mobile citizens and parents cannot leave. In English, Spanish, and Zapotec with English subtitles. TRT: 39 minutes.
Ricardo J. Valencia won third place in the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) Minorities and Communication’s student research paper competition for his study, partially funded by CLLAS, “At the border: A comparative examination of U.S. newspaper coverage about unaccompanied immigrant minors.” Valencia hopes to present the research in the AEJMC national conference in August 2016.
His study examines the reporting of the flow of Central American unaccompanied children in 2014, aiming to find if the concentration of foreign-born Central Americans could influence the journalistic routines of four U.S. newspapers. Valencia examined hundreds of articles and sources of information published in four U.S. newspapers. The project helps understand the dynamic between non-Latino and Latino sources and reveals who led the media narrative of this phenomenon. › Continue reading
Supported by the Latino Strategy Group (LSG), Center for Latino/a and Latin-American Studies, Department of Education Studies, and the Department of Romance Languages.
Strengthening Networks of Support Among Latin@ Students at UO
final executive report of the Latino Strategy Group
Latino Strategy Group research team:
- Angel Dorantes, Doctoral Student, Critical and Sociocultural Studies in Education
- Claudia Holguín Mendoza, Assistant Professor of Spanish, Director of Spanish Heritage Language Program
- Audrey Lucero, Assistant Professor of Language and Literacy Education
- Luz M Romero Montaño, Ph.D., Romance Languages
- Analisa Taylor, Associate Professor of Spanish
The Latino Strategy Group (LSG) is an emerging alliance of faculty, staff, students, and community members collaborating to improve educational access and equity among Latin@ students at UO and in the local area. The LSG seeks to make mentoring and advocacy work for and with Latin@ students visible to the wider university community, to coordinate with networks of support already in place, and to advocate for the expansion of resources in accordance with increasing Latin@ student enrollments. In 2015, with a grant from Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies, we researched how UO Latin@ students perceive and negotiate the academic and sociocultural expectations of a flagship state university. We sent a Qualtrics survey to 1,700 undergraduate students, who self identified as “Latin@”. One hundred and seventeen students responded. This research gathered useful information for administrators and faculty members as they continue to improve the recruitment, retention, and on-time graduation of Latin@ students.
For the full report: Executive summary (final)
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- October 14, 2016:
- November 19, 2016:
- February 3, 2017:
- Founding director Lynn Stephen passes CLLAS leadership torch
- Video link to “Latin@s and the 2016 Election: Policies, Immigration, & Action”
- Now available: Spring 2016 CLLAS Notes
- Sad Happiness: Cinthya’s Transborder Journey
- Ricardo Valencia’s CLLAS-supported research paper recognized by AEJMC
- Strengthening Networks of Support Among Latin@ Students at UO