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Long-time CLLAS employee Tamara LeRoy now at SASS

Tamara LeRoy

June 28, 2018—We are pleased to announce that Tamara LeRoy has been hired with Sexual Assault Support Services of Lane County (SASS) as their Trafficking Intervention Coordinator. Tamara will be developing this new, grant-funded position by coordinating direct services between community partners and other advocates providing services to survivors of human trafficking.

SASS is a non-profit organization providing outreach, advocacy and support to survivors of sexual violence and their partners, families, and friends throughout Eugene-Springfield and the rest of Lane County.

Tamara will continue her work as a consultant for the Latino Roots Traveling Exhibit until further notice, and expresses her gratitude for all of the support from everyone at Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies, the Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, and the Center for the Study of Women in Society over the years. 

She has been the Latino Roots Project Coordinator at CLLAS going back several years.

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Thursday, June 28th, 2018 Human Rights, News, staff No Comments

Spring 2018 CLLAS Notes now available

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In the latest edition of CLLAS Notes, you can read about field research in Oaxaca carried out by 2017 Tinker grantee Timothy Herrera and learn about dissertation research focused on the intersection of gender, race, and disability conducted by CLLAS graduate student research grantee Katie Warden.

Kristin Yarris, Brenda Garcia Millan, and Karla Schmidt-Murillo write about the collaborative research they are carrying out that investigates how local communities are responding to the current hostile climate toward immigrants and refugees.

This spring issue of CLLAS Notes includes an article about the CLLAS 2018 symposium “Justice Across Borders: Gender, Race, and Migration in the Americas.” A report on the “UO Puerto Rico Project: Hurricane Maria and Its Aftermath,” written by CLLAS executive board member Alaí Reyes-Santos and one of her ethnic studies students, provides an excellent look at teaching through action. 

CLLAS director Gabriela Martínez highlights the many events sponsored throughout the 2017-18 academic year by CLLAS. A report from Feather Crawford on the Dreamers Working Group provides insight into how UO is creating a community of welcome through allyship trainings and other advocacy efforts.

You can also learn about recently published books and journal articles, as well as news and updates on the achievements of faculty and graduate students.

All this and more are included in this Spring 2018 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. 

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Friday, June 1st, 2018 Academics, Awards, News, Publications, Research No Comments

Led by new president Lynn Stephen, LASA forms an anti-harassment task force at annual meeting

A story in the May 29, 2018 edition of The Chronicle of Higher Education discusses the new anti-harassment task force of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) and quotes newly seated LASA president Lynn Stephen, University of Oregon professor of anthropology and founding director of CLLAS.

In the article “A Scholarly Group Had Avoided Talk of Harassment in Its Midst. Now It Seeks to ‘Start Anew,’” writer Nell Gluckman reports that Dr. Stephen announced the task force and policy at the annual meeting, which was attended last week by about 7,000 scholars and held in Barcelona. Stephen said that the group would look into harassment of all kinds, not just sexual harassment.

“We wanted to make a very strong statement,” Stephen said. “It’s not just a one-off for one year.”

For the full article, go to: Chronicle of Higher Education / LASA.

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Wednesday, May 30th, 2018 Academics, Advisory Board, Human Rights, News No Comments

Brenda Garcia Millan wins prestigious fellowship & teaching award

2017 Tinker Fellow Brenda Garcia Millan (MA International Studies, 2018) has been selected to participate in the prestigious Latino Mental Health International Research Training Program (MHIRT), sponsored by the University of Southern California Department of Psychology. As a MHIRT fellow, Brenda will spend her summer working alongside her faculty mentor, Dr. Shoshana Berenzon Gorn, at the National Psychiatric Institute in Mexico City, where her research will focus on improving access to mental health care for underserved communities. MHIRT is funded by the National Institutes of Mental Health, and is designed to train the next generation of researchers focused on reducing mental health disparities for U.S. Latinx communities. Kristin Yarris, assistant professor of international studies, is also an MHIRT Faculty Mentor.

Brenda was also awarded the distinguished and extremely competitive Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) Award to teach in Madrid, Spain. Starting Fall 2018, Brenda will be working at an instituto (secondary school), where she will prepare students for the Global Classrooms (Model UN) project. Model United Nations is an authentic simulation of the UN General Assembly, UN Security Council, or other multilateral body, which introduces students to the world of diplomacy, negotiation, and decision making.

Brenda’s Fulbright ETA award is funded by the United States Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Institute of International Education (IIE), and the Community of Madrid.

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Monday, April 23rd, 2018 Awards, Funding, Graduate students, News, Research No Comments

Eye of the storm: UO students reach out to hard-hit Puerto Rico

Alai Reyes-Santos

From Around the O

April 13, 2018—UO ethnic studies professor Alaí Reyes-Santos made a major revision to the curriculum for her “Race, Ethics, Justice” course last fall: She added a trip to Puerto Rico.

It was week three of the term and Reyes-Santos, a native Puerto Rican, was frustrated with the lack of federal aid in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. It had been weeks since the storm devastated the island and there were still widespread power outages and severely limited access to potable water and medical care.   

She saw an opportunity to have her students consider how the overarching questions they were examining about race, ethics and justice were applicable to the crisis, and to use that analysis and knowledge to create resources to help educate the public and spur conversations about those issues. The resources the class created were just published on a new website, “The UO Puerto Rico Project: Hurricane Maria and its Aftermath.” › Continue reading

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Ana-Maurine Lara’s “Kohnjehr Woman” a finalist for Lambda Literary Award

March 6, 2018—Kohnjehr Woman, a book of poetry by Ana-Maurine Lara, has been nominated as a finalist for the 30th Annual Lambda Literary Awards.

Lara, an assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Oregon and a CLLAS affiliated faculty member, is an award-winning poet and fiction writer whose novels include Erzulie’s Skirt (RedBone Press 2006) and When the Sun Once Again Sang to the People (KRK Ediciones 2011).

As the foundation states, “The Lambda Literary Award is the most prestigious LGBTQ book prize in the world. With nearly 1000 total submissions considered for nomination it is a significant achievement to be named a finalist.”

Lara will be performing at the 2018 CLLAS Symposium on March 8 at Gerlinger Lounge during the reception (6 pm to 7:30 pm) as part of Riffiando: Dominican Artists in the House!

For a complete list of finalists: https://www.lambdaliterary.org/features/news/03/06/lambda-literary-award-finalists/

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