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Study finds microfinance can help, even if goals aren’t met | Around the O

Erin Beck

Editor’s Note: Erin Beck is a member of the CLLAS Executive Board.

Source: Study finds microfinance can help, even if goals aren’t met | Around the O

August 7, 2017—UO political scientist Erin Beck thinks development organizations aren’t asking the right questions if they want to truly understand what the money they spend trying to help lift poor people out of poverty around the globe is actually doing.

Her new book, How Development Projects Persist, outlines her takeaways from researching nongovernmental microfinance organizations for poor rural women in Guatemala and challenges standard ways of measuring the success of development projects. She argues that organizations rely too much on numbers and often overlook critical human interactions, which are not as easily measured but are central to understanding how development projects function and persist.

“We can’t just think about what the projects are doing for people but should also examine what people do for projects,” Beck said. “We need to look at how policies get transformed on the ground.” › Continue reading

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Two CLLAS affiliated faculty members receive Fund for Faculty Excellence Awards

Gerardo Sandoval

June 9, 2017—CLLAS executive board member Gerardo Sandoval (PPPM) and affiliated faculty member Jessica Vasquez-Tokos (sociology) are among 16 recipients of UO’s 2017-18 Fund for Faculty Excellence Awards, announced June 9 by Provost Scott Coltrane.

From Around the O: “Established in 2006 with the generous support of Lorry Lokey, the Fund for Faculty Excellence Awards aims to increase the academic quality and reputation of the University of Oregon by highlighting and supporting world-class research and teaching.

Jessica Vasquez-Tokos

“‘Since its inception the award has been bestowed on 137 outstanding faculty members,’ Coltrane said. “These faculty members are recognized for their enduring commitment and contribution to our shared institutional spirit of learning, intellectual inquiry and service.’  

“Candidates are nominated by deans, with input from faculty and unit heads, and nominations are reviewed by the Fund for Faculty Excellence Awards review committee before a final determination is made by the provost. The award provides faculty members with a $20,000 salary supplement or $30,000 for research support.” 

For a full list of recipients: http://around.uoregon.edu/content/provost-announces-recipients-faculty-excellence-awards

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CLLAS graduate student grantee Tobin Hansen had a productive year

Tobin Hansen, doing research in the field.

Each year, CLLAS asks its graduate student research grant recipients to report back on the impact of their CLLAS grants, letting us know what awards and additional grants they won, what papers they’ve published, and so on. Here is a report from 2016-17 grantee Tobin Hansen, a PhD candidate in anthropology.

INVITED CHAPTER

2017 Hansen, Tobin. (Forthcoming). “‘Criminal Alien’ Arrests, Detentions, and Deportations: Child Migrants’ Social Citizenship and the Right to Presence in the United States.” In Boehm, D. A. & Terrio, S. J. (Eds.), Il/legal Encounters: Migration, Detention, and Deportation in the Lives of Young People. New York: New York University Press. › Continue reading

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Oregon governor appoints PPPM professor to Oregon Housing Stability Council

The UO School of Architecture and Allied Arts features an article about CLLAS executive board member Gerardo Sandoval in the June 13, 2017, issue.

Source: Oregon governor appoints PPPM professor to Oregon Housing Stability Council | School of Architecture and Allied Arts

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Tuesday, June 13th, 2017 Advisory Board No Comments

CLLAS staff member Cecilia Valdovinos wins Outstanding Student Award

Cecelia Valdovinos

June 10, 2017—In a ceremony yesterday on the University of Oregon campus, the UO School Psychology Program honored master’s student Cecilia C. Valdovinos with an Outstanding Student Award for outstanding work, positive attitude, and overall contributions to the UO School Psychology Program.

Valdovinos has been a student employee at the Center for Latino/ Latina and Latin American Studies the past two years, working as a graduate employee during the 2016-17 AY in the role of CLLAS project and outreach coordinator. Among other projects, she coordinated the recent Latino Roots Celebration.

Valdovinos is working toward a master’s degree in School Psychology, Department of Special Education and Clinical Sciences.

Tuesday, June 13th, 2017 Awards, News, staff No Comments

UO Today: Prof. Christopher Chávez talks about research on Latinos and media

June 2, 2017—An interview on UO Today with CLLAS executive board member Christopher Chávez.

UO Today: Professor talks about research on Latinos and media | Around the O

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Wednesday, June 7th, 2017 Advisory Board, Research, Uncategorized No Comments


2017 Latino Roots Celebration


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