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Long-time CLLAS employee Tamara LeRoy now at SASS

Tamara LeRoy

June 28, 2018—We are pleased to announce that Tamara LeRoy has been hired with Sexual Assault Support Services of Lane County (SASS) as their Trafficking Intervention Coordinator. Tamara will be developing this new, grant-funded position by coordinating direct services between community partners and other advocates providing services to survivors of human trafficking.

SASS is a non-profit organization providing outreach, advocacy and support to survivors of sexual violence and their partners, families, and friends throughout Eugene-Springfield and the rest of Lane County.

Tamara will continue her work as a consultant for the Latino Roots Traveling Exhibit until further notice, and expresses her gratitude for all of the support from everyone at Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies, the Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, and the Center for the Study of Women in Society over the years. 

She has been the Latino Roots Project Coordinator at CLLAS going back several years.

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Thursday, June 28th, 2018 Human Rights, News, staff No Comments

CLLAS staff member Cecilia Valdovinos wins Outstanding Student Award

Cecelia Valdovinos

June 10, 2017—In a ceremony yesterday on the University of Oregon campus, the UO School Psychology Program honored master’s student Cecilia C. Valdovinos with an Outstanding Student Award for outstanding work, positive attitude, and overall contributions to the UO School Psychology Program.

Valdovinos has been a student employee at the Center for Latino/ Latina and Latin American Studies the past two years, working as a graduate employee during the 2016-17 AY in the role of CLLAS project and outreach coordinator. Among other projects, she coordinated the recent Latino Roots Celebration.

Valdovinos is working toward a master’s degree in School Psychology, Department of Special Education and Clinical Sciences.

Tuesday, June 13th, 2017 Awards, News, staff No Comments

CLLAS staffer Tamara LeRoy receives summer funding from the Folklore Program

Tamara LeRoy

CLLAS project coordinator Tamara S. LeRoy has been selected to receive a Folklore Program Summer Award “to support field research toward creation of exhibition materials for the River Road Elementary / El Camino del Rio school.”

Tamara joined CLLAS as a work study student during the winter of 2014, and continues to work for CLLAS as the Latino Roots Project coordinator. She is a graduate student in the Folklore Program (English). Tamara enjoys working with communities within and outside of academia to promote opportunities for understanding and collaboration.

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Tuesday, May 16th, 2017 Awards, staff No Comments

Gerardo Sandoval named to Oregon State Housing Stability Council

Gerardo Sandoval

May 11, 2017—Current CLLAS executive board member Gerardo Sandoval has joined the Oregon State Housing Stability Council, tapped for his expertise on gentrification and rural community development issues and for his experience in outreach to Latino communities throughout Oregon. An associate professor in the University of Oregon Department of Planning, Public Policy and Management, Dr. Sandoval was nominated to this position by Governor Kate Brown and confirmed by the Oregon Senate. His first meeting with the council took place on May 5.

The role of the Oregon State Housing Stability Council is to “provide leadership in, and review and set policy for, the development and financing of affordable housing throughout the state of Oregon.”

A message from the director of Oregon Housing and Community Services dated May 5, 2017 states: “We look forward to [Dr. Sandoval’s] expertise on gentrification, the nexus between housing affordability and transit-oriented development in low-income neighborhoods, and creating mechanisms of public participation. OHCS will also surely benefit from his research and outreach experience in Southern and Eastern rural Oregon, as well as his insight as a disabled military veteran and interest in affordable housing for Oregon veterans.” 

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Thursday, May 11th, 2017 News, People, Public Policy, staff No Comments

“Bicycle Justice and Urban Transformation,” a new book coedited by CLLAS co-director Gerardo Sandoval

image001Bicycle Justice and Urban Transformation: Biking for all? 
Edited by Aaron Golub, Melody L. Hoffmann, Adonia E. Lugo, Gerardo F. Sandoval (2016, Routledge, 270 pages).

How can our cities better provide for all bicyclists, not simply prioritize those with the privilege of biking for fitness and fun? CLLAS co-director Gerardo F. Sandoval’s newly released book on bicycle justice provides multiple perspectives on re-designing cities for people on bike with a lens of equitable planning, policy, and advocacy. Along with coeditors Aaron Golub (Portland State University), Melody L. Hoffmann (Anoka Ramsey Community College), and Adonia E. Lugo (California State University-Los Angeles), Dr. Sandoval has drawn from multiple disciplines to provide a timely perspective on how cities’ increasing move to enhancing their bicycle transportation systems can do so in a way that serves all community members. Dr. Sandoval is an associate professor in the UO Department of Planning, Public Policy, and Management. › Continue reading

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Monday, July 25th, 2016 Books, Public Policy, Research, staff No Comments

Founding director Lynn Stephen passes CLLAS leadership torch

A Farewell Letter from CLLAS founding director Lynn Stephen

Lynn Stephen holds a plaque that commemorates her service to CLLAS.

Lynn Stephen holds a plaque that commemorates her service to CLLAS.

Nine years ago, I worked with others to begin creating an intellectual community and collaborative research space that would connect UO faculty, students, and administrators to Latino and Latin American communities in Oregon, the United States, and abroad. Because this kind of space didn’t exist, we had to build it. Our vision was hemispheric, bringing together Latino/a and Latin American studies across many different borders, disciplines, and perspectives. We believed that intellectual and human connections that brought community into the university and the university into the community were at the heart of knowledge production, teaching, and research.

In the fall of 2007, the life of CLLAS began when an official advisory board was formed with Carlos Aguirre, Cecilia Enjuto Rangel, Pedro Garcia-Caro, Michael Hames-García, Kathryn Lynch, Ernesto Martínez, Gabriela Martínez, Edward Olivos, Analisa Taylor, Tania Triana, Stephanie Wood, and me as members. From that beginning, CLLAS has grown from a small center that was incubated with the support of the Center for the Study of Women in Society to an independent research center that sponsors dozens of events every year, supports graduate student and faculty research, runs four research action projects, and is widely connected in the state of Oregon, the United States, and in a number of Latin American countries.

On Saturday, April 24, 2010, CLLAS was formally launched at a family-friendly event at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art with CLLAS board members, community activists, students, and other supporters. Following are some of our outstanding accomplishments over the past six years:  › Continue reading

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Wednesday, June 8th, 2016 Awards, staff No Comments



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