Latino Roots

Latino Roots: A Grand Celebration

Mariachi del Sol performed at the celebration / photo by Feather Crawford.

 

June 9, 2017—Yesterday’s Latino Roots Celebration marked the fourth time UO students from Latino Roots classes (Anthro/SOJC)  have presented their ethnographic documentaries before an audience of peers, faculty, staff, and community, including many of the people whose stories are told in those documentaries. It was a huge turnout in the Knight Library Browsing Room, filled with the festive music of Springfield High School’s Mariachi del Sol and the appreciative and off-time eloquent remarks of featured speakers, including UO President Michael Schill, SELCO Community Credit Union Vice President Laura Illig, PCUN Secretary-Treasurer Jaime Arredondo, Oregon Center for Education Equity Director Carmen Xiomara Urbina, and others.

Gabriela Martínez presents award to Laura Illig, Vice President of Marketing, SELCO Community Credit Union / photo by Jack Liu.

This year’s celebration also included the launching of the inaugural Latino Roots Awards given to our community partner SELCO Community Credit Union and Vice President of Marketing Laura Illig, and to UO Senior Vice President and Provost Scott Coltrane. The spirit of the Latino Roots Award is to recognize a member and/or institution from the community for their support and commitment to Oregon’s Latino community through the Latino Roots Project, and to recognize a representative from the University of Oregon for service, commitment, and support to enhancing diversity on campus and promoting community engagement by way of the Latino Roots Project and the Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies.

Sponsors for the two-hour celebration included: Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies, Department of Anthropology, Office of the President, Office of the Vice President for Equity and Inclusion, School of Journalism and Communication, SELCO Community Credit Union, and UO Libraries.

Here is an excerpt from the remarks of Lynn Stephen, UO Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, who co-instructs the Latino Roots classes along with Gabriela Martínez, associate professor, UO School of Journalism and Communication.

Comments from Professor Lynn Stephen:

Welcome to a wonderful moment that brings together education, research, creativity, and public engagement. I am so proud to be a part of the team of faculty, graduate students, undergraduate students, librarians and archivists, research center staff, and film participants who were all a part of what we are bringing you here today.

Latino Roots began as a small collaborative project between Professor Gabriela Martínez, community consultants Guadalupe Quinn, and Patricia Cortez, the Lane County Historical Museum, and myself in 2008-2009, to mark the 150th anniversary of Oregon as a state. Latino Roots was our exhibit with panels, object exhibits, nine video stories, and a bilingual book that was seen by several thousand people in the museum.  There were exhibits on African-American history, Asian history and Native American history in Oregon to greatly broaden the settler colonial/pioneer narrative, white narrative that has dominated Oregon history. › Continue reading

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Immigrants’ struggle is really our struggle | Opinion | Eugene Register-Guard

In the midst of this political season’s hateful hullabaloo about building a higher wall, all of us whose ancestors came to this country from other lands must in good conscience challenge ourselves to consider the personal story — and to take a closer look at history.

Source: Immigrants’ struggle is really our struggle | Opinion | Eugene, Oregon

This opinion piece from the Eugene Register-Guard promotes Reyna Grande’s keynote talk at 6 pm, May 6, at the downtown Eugene Public Library, 100 W. 10th (10th & Olive). It also talks about the Latino Roots Project.

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Teaming up in Medford: Latino Roots and the Latino Civic Participation Project

Medford, OR – The Latino Roots Exhibit on display at the 2014 Multicultural Fair.

Medford, OR – The Latino Roots Exhibit on display at the 2014 Multicultural Fair.

September 26, 2014—Gerardo Sandoval, associate director of the Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies, took his graduate students to the Greater Medford Multicultural Fair in Medford, Ore., on Saturday, September 26 to explain findings from the Latino Civic Participation Project. Sandoval, an assistant professor in the UO Department of Planning, Public Policy & Management, said that he was able to connect with about 25 key people who work with diversity issues in Medford. He and his students also spoke about their findings with about 100 Latinos who attended the fair. Professor Sandoval is the project coordinator for the CLLAS Advancing Latino Equity in Oregon Project.

Latino Roots Panels Displayed at Festival in Independence

LatinoRoots_IndependenceOR2014More than 200 community members visited the Latino Roots exhibit on tour from the UO Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies at Festival Informativo, which took place May 4, 2014, at the civic center in Independence, Oregon. An estimated 2,450 civic center visitors were exposed to the bilingual exhibit over the course of three months.

The exhibit, which was originally displayed at the Lane County Historical Museum in 2009-2010, was duplicated using funds from SELCO Community Credit Union. The portable exhibit features 15 panels containing information on Latino history and demographics in Oregon, along with photographs and stories about seven immigrant families. The Latino Roots Project also includes videos and bilingual curriculum materials.

For more about the Latino Roots Project, go to: http://cllas.uoregon.edu/research-action-projects/latino-history/latino-roots/

Latino Roots Project Community Sponsor:
SELCO Community Credit Union
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SELCO Community Credit Union Extends Latino Roots Sponsorship

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April 2014—For the next three years, SELCO Community Credit Union has agreed to continue to be the community sponsor for the Latino Roots Project. This generous grant continues an ongoing relationship between SELCO Community Credit Union in support of this project administered by the UO Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies and in support of Diversity Excellence Scholarships for UO students.

The exhibit, which was originally displayed at the Lane County Historical Museum in 2009-2010, was duplicated two years ago using funds from SELCO Community Credit Union. The portable exhibit features 15 panels containing information on Latino history and demographics in Oregon, photographs, and stories about seven immigrant families. The program offers schools videos and bilingual curriculum materials as well. › Continue reading

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June 6: Latino Roots Celebration

June 6, 2013
4:00 pmto6:00 pm

Latino_Roots_eventposteKnight Library
Browsing Room
1501 Kincaid, UO Campus

Featuring:

  • Latino Roots Student Short Documentaries
  • Oregon Folklife Network’s Self-Documentation Toolkit
  • PCUN Archives and CAPACES Leadership Institute
  • Opportunities/Oportunidades Outreach Program of the Division for Undergraduate Studies

The Oregon Latino Heritage Collaborative core collaborators include the Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies, › Continue reading



2017 Latino Roots Celebration


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Access the above link for giving to the Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies Gift Fund. Online gifts may be made using the form available at this link; all gifts are processed by the University of Oregon Foundation, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization responsible for receiving and administering private donations to the University of Oregon.

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