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CLLAS staffer Tamara LeRoy receives summer funding from the Folklore Program

Tamara LeRoy

CLLAS project coordinator Tamara S. LeRoy has been selected to receive a Folklore Program Summer Award “to support field research toward creation of exhibition materials for the River Road Elementary / El Camino del Rio school.”

Tamara joined CLLAS as a work study student during the winter of 2014, and continues to work for CLLAS as the Latino Roots Project coordinator. She is a graduate student in the Folklore Program (English). Tamara enjoys working with communities within and outside of academia to promote opportunities for understanding and collaboration.

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Tuesday, May 16th, 2017 Awards, staff No Comments

Gerardo Sandoval named to Oregon State Housing Stability Council

Gerardo Sandoval

May 11, 2017—Current CLLAS executive board member Gerardo Sandoval has joined the Oregon State Housing Stability Council, tapped for his expertise on gentrification and rural community development issues and for his experience in outreach to Latino communities throughout Oregon. An associate professor in the University of Oregon Department of Planning, Public Policy and Management, Dr. Sandoval was nominated to this position by Governor Kate Brown and confirmed by the Oregon Senate. His first meeting with the council took place on May 5.

The role of the Oregon State Housing Stability Council is to “provide leadership in, and review and set policy for, the development and financing of affordable housing throughout the state of Oregon.”

A message from the director of Oregon Housing and Community Services dated May 5, 2017 states: “We look forward to [Dr. Sandoval’s] expertise on gentrification, the nexus between housing affordability and transit-oriented development in low-income neighborhoods, and creating mechanisms of public participation. OHCS will also surely benefit from his research and outreach experience in Southern and Eastern rural Oregon, as well as his insight as a disabled military veteran and interest in affordable housing for Oregon veterans.” 

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Thursday, May 11th, 2017 News, People, Public Policy, staff No Comments

“Bicycle Justice and Urban Transformation,” a new book coedited by CLLAS co-director Gerardo Sandoval

image001Bicycle Justice and Urban Transformation: Biking for all? 
Edited by Aaron Golub, Melody L. Hoffmann, Adonia E. Lugo, Gerardo F. Sandoval (2016, Routledge, 270 pages).

How can our cities better provide for all bicyclists, not simply prioritize those with the privilege of biking for fitness and fun? CLLAS co-director Gerardo F. Sandoval’s newly released book on bicycle justice provides multiple perspectives on re-designing cities for people on bike with a lens of equitable planning, policy, and advocacy. Along with coeditors Aaron Golub (Portland State University), Melody L. Hoffmann (Anoka Ramsey Community College), and Adonia E. Lugo (California State University-Los Angeles), Dr. Sandoval has drawn from multiple disciplines to provide a timely perspective on how cities’ increasing move to enhancing their bicycle transportation systems can do so in a way that serves all community members. Dr. Sandoval is an associate professor in the UO Department of Planning, Public Policy, and Management. › Continue reading

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Monday, July 25th, 2016 Books, Public Policy, Research, staff No Comments

Founding director Lynn Stephen passes CLLAS leadership torch

A Farewell Letter from CLLAS founding director Lynn Stephen

Lynn Stephen holds a plaque that commemorates her service to CLLAS.

Lynn Stephen holds a plaque that commemorates her service to CLLAS.

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

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Wednesday, June 8th, 2016 Awards, staff No Comments

Now available: Spring 2016 CLLAS Notes

0516_CLLAS_Notes_WEB_Page_1Spring 2016 CLLAS_Notes

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.

Sad Happiness: Cinthya’s Transborder Journey

Sad-Happiness-DVD-front-coverSad Happiness: Cinthya’s Transborder Journey

directed by Lynn Stephen; produced by Sonia De La Cruz and Lynn Stephen
Creative Commons
(2015)
39 minutes

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.

Watch it on Vimeo at these links:  Sad Happiness: English   Sad Happiness: Spanish




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