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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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Volunteer Opportunity with Centro Latino Americano

Source: Volunteer Opportunity with Centro Latino Americano – University of Oregon

Monday, August 7 at 3:30pm

More dates through November 1, 2017

Centro Latino Americano

Centro Latino Americano is looking for volunteers who are interested in becoming Community Navigators. These are community members who receive specialized training to provide quality immigration information and services for their communities in an empowering and effective way. They are also liaisons between their community, legal service providers, social service organizations, and government representatives.

Your role will be to provide accurate information in your community (i.e. informational sessions after church, at school, or at your place of work, organizing in the community to defend or create pressure against the new administration’s actions, reporting victimization, etc), you will refer applicants to trusted legal service providers and community-based organizations, and are responsible for reporting victimization of immigrants by fraudulent “attorneys.”

If you are interested, please visit our webpage and contact Karla Schmidt Murillo (Community Navigator Organizer & Trainer) for more information and to set up an interview.

Email: karlasm@centrolatinoamericano.org

Website: http://centrolatinoamericano.org/2017/02/community-navigators-volunteer-opportunity-with-centro-latino-americano/

Thanks!

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

Es un tema latino, pero las fuentes de la prensa en inglés no son latinas – The Washington Post

Ricardo Valencia analiza cómo se trató el tema de los niños migrantes en varios periódicos

Ricardo Valencia

Ricardo Valencia

Source: Es un tema latino, pero las fuentes de la prensa en inglés no son latinas – The Washington Post — April 3, 2017

CLLAS graduate student grantee Ricardo Valencia, a PhD candidate in the UO School of Journalism and Communication, was recently interviewed about his research on undocumented children for El Tiempo Latino, the Washington Post’s Spanish-language supplement.

Valencia gave a talk on campus in late January about his research, “At the Border: A comparative analysis of U.S.newspaper reporting about unaccompanied immigrant children.”

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Tuesday, April 5th, 2016 Public Policy, Research, Uncategorized No Comments

Freedom Fighter | Stricken by refugees’ plight, anthropologist gets involved

Lynn Stephen, professor of anthropology and codirector of CLLAS, combines her research and the refugees’ stories into a powerful petition for political asylum. Read about her work as an expert witness for more than two-dozen refugees from Mexico and Guatemala in: Freedom Fighter | Cascade: University of Oregon College of Arts and Sciences.

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