Winter 2015 edition of CLLAS Notes now available

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Read updates about action-oriented CLLAS research projects in the latest edition of the CLLAS Notes, the newsletter of the UO Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies. You can learn more about books recently published by faculty associated with the mission and goals of CLLAS. You can read articles from faculty  and graduate students about CLLAS-supported research and events, including an ethnographic study of hip hop in Havana, Cuba, and a hands-on approach to engage Latino community members in the complexities of planning and public policy decision-making. You’ll learn about CLLAS’s first Scholar-in-Residence; the Globalization, Gender & Development Conference held in October; and  ways in which UO students benefitted from an innovative partnership on cultural competency.

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CLLAS Associate Director Gerardo Sandoval Named as 2015 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Award Winner

Gerardo Sandoval

Gerardo Sandoval

January 14, 2015—Gerardo Sandoval, associate director of the UO Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies, is among three UO faculty members being honored next week as a 2015 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Award Winner. Dr. Sandoval, an assistant professor in the UO Department of Planning, Public Policy, and Management, will be recognized for his commitment to making the UO campus a welcoming place and for embodying Dr. King’s humanitarian spirit during an awards luncheon hosted by the UO Division of Equity and Inclusion on Wednesday, January 21.

Dr. Sandoval has served as associate director of CLLAS since Fall 2013. He leads grant-writing seminars and coordinates the CLLAS research action project Advancing Latino Equity in Oregon. He has been reaching out to Latino communities in Oregon by working with UO graduate students to design and test an outreach approach that meaningfully engages Latino communities. Dr. Sandoval was recently honored as the 2014 winner of the prestigious Chester Rapkin Award for best article from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning.

Congratulations to Dr. Gerardo Sandoval! Congratulations also go out to MLK Award Winners Deb Casey, director of Student Support Services, UO Teaching and Learning Center, and to Dr. Karla Kennedy, Scholastic Outreach Coordinator PDX for the UO School of Journalism and Communication.

“Violence on the Periphery: Intimate Partner Violence against Immigrant Women in the U.S.,” Kathryn Miller

April 16, 2015
3:30 pmto5:00 pm




Mills International Center
UO campus

CLLAS Grantee Presentation

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. › Continue reading

Pilot Intercultural Competency Program ends in success

Pilot Intercultural Competency Program ends in success | Around the O.

Students Benefit from Innovative Partnership on Cultural Competency

by Eli Meyer, Assistant Director, CLLAS

Starr Miller is one of six UO graduate students who underwent special diversity training through the Intercultural Competency Program (ICP), an innovative partnership between CLLAS; the Department of Planning, Public Policy, and Management; and the Center for Equity Promotion. When asked what she learned from her ICP experience, Miller—a graduate student in the Department of International Studies who interned with the Nicaraguan Ministry of Health in Nicaragua, said that not only had she increased her Spanish language skills by an incredible degree, she improved her field research skills and learned about navigating professionally within a different culture. › Continue reading

UO Study Abroad Programs: Antigua — Human Rights

For more information:

Antigua,_GuatemalaThis program is ideal for undergraduate students interested in History, Latin American Studies, Human Rights, Journalism, Anthropology, Sociology, International Studies, Political Science, Cinema Studies, Archeology, and Ethnic Studies. Coursework includes a Latin American Studies course taught in English by three UO Professors: Carlos Aguirre (History), Gabriela Martínez (School of Journalism and Communication), and Stephanie Wood (Wired Humanities Projects, College of Education).

  • Antigua is a beautiful UNESCO World Heritage site located in the central highlands of Guatemala, close to the capital city.
  • This 3-week program features excursions to Guatemala City and to the Maya ruins of Copán.
  • Three UO professors will teach a 6-credit seminar called LAS 407: Human Rights in Guatemala: Truth, Justice, and Memory, focusing on the history and legacy of a violent civil war that lasted over 30 years in Guatemala.
  • Students will have the opportunity to hear from local organizations and individuals who are actively involved in the pursuit of social justice, truth, and reconciliation.
  • Using photos, films, primary sources, and other texts, students will write a short research paper with the guidance of faculty leaders.

Héctor Tobar’s Book on Chilean Mine Workers Named among the New York Times “100 Notable Books of 2014”

Tobar_bookcover_WEBThe latest book by CLLAS-affiliated faculty member Héctor Tobar—a visiting professor in the UO School of Journalism and Communication and a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist—has been named among the New York Times “100 Notable Books of 2014.”

Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine and the Miracle That Set Them Free (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, October 2014) is a nonfiction novel that describes the 2010 odyssey of Chilean mine workers. Here is the publisher’s synopsis.

Congratulations to Professor Tobar!


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April 2015