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David Woken on critical librarianship and Spanish Heritage learners

“Critically Interrogating Oregon History in the Archives: Spanish Heritage Learners in the PCUN Records”

Check out CLLAS Executive Board member David Woken’s article in the Oregon Library Association Quarterly (Vol. 23 No. 2). http://commons.pacificu.edu/olaq/vol23/iss2/7/

David is the History and Latin American Studies Librarian in the Knight Library and curator of the PCUN archive in UO Libraries Special Collections and University Archives. He describes his methodology for applying insights from critical information literacy pedagogy to his work with UO Spanish Heritage Language students in the PCUN archive. Great work! › Continue reading

Why Oregon should care about Puerto Rico

Alaí Reyes-Santos

CLLAS Editor’s Note: Alaí Reyes-Santos is a member of the CLLAS Executive Board and an associate professor in the University of Oregon’s Department of Ethnic Studies.

Source: Why Oregon should care about Puerto Rico

By Alaí Reyes-Santos

For The Register-Guard

SEPT. 28, 2017—Puerto Rico is an archipelago in the Caribbean and a U.S. territory since 1898. Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens, serve in the U.S. military and have contributed to the economic growth and defense of the United States. Yet most Americans on the mainland ignore Puerto Rico’s existence and its significant place in U.S. history.

This is dangerous at a time when Category 4 Hurricane Maria has left the island and the U.S. Virgin Islands devastated — without electricity or water; with limited access to food, water, medicines and transportation; with thousands of people displaced from their homes; and with floods and ruptured dams that threaten its most vulnerable populations. Public health and safety are compromised more by the minute. › Continue reading

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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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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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Kristin Yarris receives one of UO’s highest teaching honors

Source: Eleven faculty members receive UO’s highest teaching honors | Around the O

Kristin Yarris with UO Provost and Senior Vice President Scott Coltrane

May 23, 2017—CLLAS executive board member Kristin Yarris, assistant professor, Department of International Studies, College of Arts and Sciences received the University of Oregon’s Ersted Award for Specialized Pedagogy, in recognition of achievement and expertise in the area of global health.

Prof. Yarris’s “research agenda is centered around the social determinants of health and wellbeing and the cultural shaping of illness and distress in different global locations.”

More on Yarris at: https://intldept.uoregon.edu/profile/keyarris/

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