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Policy and Planning Trio Engages Diverse Communities

From Oregon Quarterly, April 3, 2019

In spring 2018, change came to the Bethel neighborhood in Eugene. Royal Elizabeth Park received a new name: Andrea Ortiz Park, after Eugene’s first Latina city councilor. Ortiz served from 2004 to 2012 and died in 2017.

“Naming a public space, like a park, after a Latina really sends a positive message of inclusion and belonging to the Latino community in Eugene,” says Gerardo Sandoval [CLLAS Executive Board member], an associate professor who specializes in community development in the School of Planning, Public Policy and Management (PPPM). “It’s a formal designation that recognizes the positive contributions Latinos are making in Oregon.”

Gerardo Sandoval
Gerardo Sandoval

The renaming followed years of outreach to the Latino community by Sandoval, a supporter of the city’s efforts to make parks more inclusive. Through the Latino Civic Participation Project, he led an initiative to involve low-income, marginalized groups in community development, public policy, and planning.

Sandoval will continue his outreach and research efforts with the new Access and Equity Research Group. The group includes José Meléndez, an expert in equitable public engagement and transformative learning who joined PPPM as an assistant professor in 2018; and John Arroyo, an MIT-trained urban planner who will arrive this fall after completing his Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship in Latino Studies at the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe.

“One person dealing with diversity issues cannot address all of those,” Meléndez says. “We need multiple people addressing them.”

In addition to Latinos, the group will study underrepresented indigenous, Asian American, and African American communities, and will examine the links between communities and the design, planning, and management of public space. In particular, the group will focus on “participatory action research,” which emphasizes partnering with communities to solve problems.

“Many of us use qualitative methods that help elucidate stories and deeper context of the communities we research such as ethnography, in-depth interviews, oral histories, and content analysis of archival and current policy and legal documents,” Arroyo says.

José Meléndez and John Arroyo

Like Sandoval, Meléndez and Arroyo have worked with Latino communities. During his doctoral studies and then as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Meléndez investigated the budgeting process in the city’s 49th Ward, finding that Spanish-speaking Latino immigrants struggled to participate due to a language barrier. He partnered with the community to create a Spanish language committee that significantly increased and sustained the participation of its members in civic decision-making.

As a fellow, Arroyo is studying Latino immigrants with his first book project, Shadow Suburbanism: Mexican Everyday Life, Fear, and Space in Greater Atlanta. He is analyzing how Mexican immigrants reshape their suburban environments despite rising anti-immigration policies that distress one of the South’s fastest growing populations.

Meléndez and Arroyo will also continue their research and outreach to Latino communities in Oregon, where that population is growing rapidly. According to the Latino Civic Participation Project, Latinos now make up 14 percent of the state population and 20 percent of the K–12 population.

Says Arroyo: “People don’t realize Oregon is a microcosm of national issues—rural poverty, urban income disparities, influxes of migration, and indigenous and small-city planning and infrastructure.”

—By Alex Cipolle, MA ‘11 (journalism), College of Design

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Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019 Advisory Board, Public Policy No Comments

CLLAS Research Series: Faculty Collaboration Research Grant

January 31, 2019
3:30 pmto5:00 pm

Diamond Lake Room
Erb Memorial Union

CLLAS Research Series: Faculty Collaboration Research Grant

“Struggling with Sustainability: Guarayo Cultural and Environmental Management Challenges” 

presented by Ed Wolf, Assistant Professor, Ethnomusicology, and Derrick Hindery, Associate Professor, International Studies and Geography

At the confluence of Bolivia’s Amazon and Chiquitano Forests, the Guarayo town of Urubichá boasts an internationally renowned orchestra, children’s choir and music school – all well-versed in the Baroque music practices that Jesuit and Franciscan missionaries introduced. Guarayos also have been praised for the work plans they have in place to sustainably harvest the lumber on their 1.5 million hectare territory. UO Professors Wolf and Hindery recently visited the region to search for connections between these successes and Guarayo worldview. In this talk, they discuss how Guarayo efforts at cultural and environmental sustainability are being challenged by dwindling economic resources, extractive logging, colonization, and commercial farming. They consider how this situation relates to broader initiatives, such as decolonizing cultural and economic practices and seeking autonomy for Indigenous peoples in Bolivia.

PPPM Becomes an Innovative Research Hub for Diversity in Planning, Policy, and Design

Editor’s Note: Professor Gerardo Sandoval is a member of the CLLAS Executive Board.

October 24, 2018—College of Design / School of Planning, Public Policy, and Management

PPPM Becomes an Innovative Research Hub for Diversity in Planning, Policy, and Design

Associate Professor Gerardo Sandoval and Assistant Professor José Melendez.

Oregon is positioned to become a leader for researching diversity, equity, and inclusion in public processes and engagement, and the College of Design’s School of Planning, Public Policy and Management (PPPM) will be at the forefront.

Three leading scholars in diversity research are joining forces for the new Engaging Diverse Communities team at PPPM.

Associate Professor Gerardo Sandoval is in his eighth year at the University of Oregon, and researches public engagement and participation in policymaking and planning. This summer, the College of Design appointed Sandoval as the first-ever Dean’s Fellow for Diversity. › Continue reading

Monday, October 29th, 2018 Academics, Advisory Board, News, Public Policy No Comments

Lynn Stephen and Erin Beck among those to receive OVPRI 2018 Incubating Interdisciplinary Initiatives awards

Erin Beck & Lynn Stephen

July 16, 2018—Lynn Stephen and Erin Beck, two members of the CLLAS Executive Board, are among those whose research will receive 2018 Incubating Interdisciplinary Initiatives awards from the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation. The program will award up to $50,000 to four UO research teams, described in an article in Around the O: UO researchers awarded grants for interdisciplinary projects

Lynn Stephen, founding director of CLLAS and professor of anthropology, and Erin Beck, associate professor of political science, were selected for “Gendered Justice: Addressing Violence Against Women in Guatemala and the U.S.”

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Tuesday, July 17th, 2018 Advisory Board, Awards, Funding, Research No Comments

Producing Literature & Film for Queer Latinx Youth

October 13, 2018
5:00 pmto7:00 pm

EMU—145
Crater Lake South Room

Producing Literature & Film for Queer Latinx Youth

A Film Discussion and Book Celebration

Join us for a discussion of the groundbreaking new bilingual queer Latinx children’s book When We Love Someone We Sing To Them, and get a “sneak peak” of our new short film La Serenata. Light refreshments provided.

  • Maya Christina González, award-winning queer Chicana Illustrator, author, progressive educator and publisher. www.reflectionpress.com
  • Adelina Anthony, critically acclaimed and award-winning Two Spirit Xicana Lesbiana actor, writer, director, producer, and teaching artist.
  • Ernesto Javier Martínez, queer Chicano-rican educator and writer, ethnic studies professor at the UO.

Sponsored by the Department of Ethnic Studies, College of Arts & Sciences, Division of Equity & Inclusion, Wayne Morse Center for Law & Politics, Center for the Study of Women in Society, and the Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies.

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Carlos Aguirre coedits new book of essays on the history of libraries in Latin America

Bibliotecas y cultura letrada en América Latina. Siglos XIX y XX
coedited by Carlos Aguirre and Ricardo D. Salvatore

(Lima: Pontificia Universidad Católica, 2018

Bibliotecas y cultura letrada en América Latina. Siglos XIX y XX—a new volume of essays coedited by UO history professor Carlos Aguirre—has just been published in Lima.

The essays in this volume shed light on the history of various types of libraries in Latin America and, in particular, their role in social and cultural conflicts, processes of nation-state formation, efforts towards bringing education and literacy to different types of populations, and the accumulation of cultural and symbolic capital. This volume seeks to contribute to the cultural and political history of libraries and lettered culture in the region and to open lines of conversation with other disciplines and forms of knowledge interested in the preservation of cultural patrimony, the circulation of knowledge, and the tensions and debates they generate. For more, go to Fondo Editorial

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Tuesday, July 10th, 2018 Advisory Board, Books, Research No Comments



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