CLLAS Grantee Presentation: Kathryn Miller

April 16, 2015
3:30 pmto5:00 pm

Location: TBD

CLLAS graduate student grantee Kathryn Miller, Department of Political Science, will talk about her research on intimate partner violence (IPV) and immigrant women, which has been supported by a CLLAS Graduate Student Research Grant.

Abstract: “There is a long history, in the United States and elsewhere, of failing to recognize intimate partner violence (IPV) against immigrant women as criminal harm. IPV continues almost unabated throughout the world, affecting all countries, cultures, and economic class. In the US, there is a decisive gap between the numbers of immigrant women facing IPV, and those afforded state amelioration (i.e. visas or grants of asylum); insofar as they exist, state responses have failed to adequately address this form of gendered violence. Rather than viewing legal and administrative institutions in the US as well-meaning, though inept, I ask to what extent they may be directly implicated both in legitimating IPV against immigrant women, and creating the space necessary for it to continue. Given that the existence of this legal space is an essential precondition to the acts of violence themselves, how should we understand the role of US governmental institutions in IPV against immigrant women? That is, what is the relationship between state actions/inactions and the perpetuation of this form of gendered violence? This dissertation examines the ways in which categories of victimhood (e.g. ‘battered immigrant’), formed through policy and policy implementation, operate on women seeking state intervention. I hypothesize that these categories have an exclusionary and disciplinary effect on IPV survivors in two instances treated as separate in policy and the literature: 1) Women seeking asylum on account of IPV, and 2) immigrant women facing IPV in the US. I examine this through an analysis of legal processes, relevant policies and administration, court cases, and interviews with employees at NGOs that serve immigrant women. I also re-conceptualize what it means for the state to do harm in this context.”

Latino Roots Celebration

June 4, 2015
4:00 pmto6:00 pm
2013 Latino Roots celebration / photo by Jack Liu.

2013 Latino Roots celebration / photo by Jack Liu.

Knight Library
Browsing Room
1501 Kincaid St.
UO campus

Join us as we celebrate Latino Roots.

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:

Latino Roots Project Community Sponsor:
SELCO Community Credit Union

Championing Undergraduate Research: UO-UNAM Exchange Program Encouraged Erica Ledesma to Pursue Graduate Studies

Erica Ledesma, on her Study Abroad year in Mexico City.

Erica Ledesma, on her Study Abroad year in Mexico City.

Erica Ledesma studied at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) through UO program and is working with Dr. Lynn Stephen, Director, Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies (CLLAS), on original research project.

May 2014—A fifth-year senior, Erica Ledesma is a first-generation Mexican-American, Chicana identified, attending the University of Oregon on a diversity scholarship. An ethnic studies and cultural anthropology major with a minor in Latin American studies, she wants to pursue graduate school.

Although Spanish is her mother language, all of Erica’s formal education has taken place in English beginning with her pre-school days in southern Oregon—until, that is, she spent a year in Mexico City in UO’s new exchange program with the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). › Continue reading

Immigration policy leads to kids in custody | Opinion

June 24, 2014—Immigration policy leads to kids in custody | Opinion | The Register-Guard | Eugene, Oregon.

Op-Ed: “Immigration Policy Leads to Kids in Custody,” by Lynn Stephen, Director, Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies.

“Imagine 40 children from Edison Elementary School, Roosevelt Middle School and South Eugene High School crowded into a holding cell in the Lane County Jail with two toilets to share.

”They sleep on the concrete floor, sharing blankets. They have a scarcity of food. These are the conditions endured by Central American children in the U.S. Border patrol’s custody.”

To read this op-ed in its entirety, link to: Immigration policy leads to kids in custody | Opinion.

Championing Undergraduate Research: Niria Garcia’s Field Research in Brazil Underscores the Importance of Developing More Funds

Niria Garcia during her Study Abroad research trip to Brazil.

Niria Garcia during her Study Abroad research trip to Brazil.

May 2014—A UO senior and first generation Chicana born and raised in Oregon, Niria Garcia was working on a philosophy paper on the examined life when she hit a wall in her writing. She found herself daydreaming about a program she hoped to attend. As an environmental studies and Latin American studies major interested in social justice and sustainable development, she felt drawn to SIT Study Abroad’s Social Justice and Sustainable Development program, which would allow her to begin learning a third language, arrange homestays for her, and provide her the unique opportunity to do original field-based research in northeast Brazil. › Continue reading

Giving to CLLAS

Follow the link below for instructions on how to give to the University of Oregon. If you want your gift to directly support CLLAS, please enter “Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies” under “Other."

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