Latino Roots

June 6: Latino Roots Celebration

June 6, 2013
4:00 pmto6:00 pm

Latino_Roots_eventposteKnight Library
Browsing Room
1501 Kincaid, UO Campus


  • Latino Roots Student Short Documentaries
  • Oregon Folklife Network’s Self-Documentation Toolkit
  • PCUN Archives and CAPACES Leadership Institute
  • Opportunities/Oportunidades Outreach Program of the Division for Undergraduate Studies

The Oregon Latino Heritage Collaborative core collaborators include the Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies, › Continue reading

Latino Roots Panels on Display

The Latino Roots in Oregon panels are on display at Springfield High School during the months of October–December 2011. These fifteen portable wooden panels—bilingual in Spanish and English—contain stories and photographs about seven immigrant families.

The panels were on display for more than a year at the Lane County Historical Museum (January 2009 through March 2010), and were part of the exhibit “Changing Demographics: The People of Lane County.” They were most recently on display at the Eugene Public Library (summer 2011).

The Latino Roots panels feature a timeline of Latino presence in what is now the state of Oregon beginning in the 1700s, maps, demographic information, information about Latino youth, and the stories of seven families who came at different times to Lane County from California, Texas, Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Chile. A research team led by CLLAS director Lynn Stephen (Anthropology, Ethnic Studies) created the panels. The team included Gabriela Martínez, Patricia Cortez, Guadalupe Quinn, Mauricio Magaña, Sonia de la Cruz, Kate Williams, Lukacs Nguyen, and Magali Morales.

The Latino Roots Project is administered through the Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies (CLLAS) and is a part of the “Americas in a Globalized World: Linking Diversity and Internationalization” big idea at the University of Oregon. Selco Community Credit Union is the community sponsor.

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Graduating Senior Speaks at PCUN-UO Event

June 6, 2011—Lidiana Soto speaks at the special event marking the PCUN-UO partnership (photo by Jack Liu).

PCUN-UO Partnership
Speech by Lidiana Soto

Eugene, Oregon: June 6, 2011—My name is Lidiana Soto. I’m a graduating senior at the University of Oregon majoring in Ethnic Studies and Political Science. I had the opportunity to be a student in the Latino Roots courses [Latino Roots website] that produced the videos you’re about to see on display upstairs in Special Collections [Latino Roots student documentaries]. Our Latino Roots courses brought together a group of 18 students over two quarters. During Latino Roots I, taught during winter quarter we learned about the racial/ethnic history of Oregon since more than 500 years ago and the place of Latino and Latin American history in that larger story. We also learned how to conduct oral history interviews and how to work a video camera. We each identified an individual or family whose story we have documented. We recorded an audio interview and then also a video interview. This quarter, during Latino Roots II, we learned how to shoot and edit our videos and each have produced an original ten minute documentary which we are going to present today. We are also archiving the audio file, video, a transcript, and finished video with the University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections & University Archives. We are, literally, making history. Let me tell you something about my own story.

I grew up in Mt. Angel, Oregon, and worked the fields of the fertile Willamette Valley alongside my family for many summers. › Continue reading

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June event celebrated UO/Latino partnership

June 7, 2011—(Reprinted from Inside Oregon)

The UO celebrated a momentous occasion with the state’s most influential Latino organization in early June, highlighting a deep connection between the university and the region’s fastest-growing demographic group.

The Latino farmworkers’ union PCUN — which was established in 1985 by 80 farmworkers, and has grown to a membership of more than 5,000 — donated all of its historic documents, including those that led to the group’s formation, to the UO Libraries special collections and university archives units. The library will preserve, organize and make the papers available for research projects.

PCUN – Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste (in English, the Northwest Treeplanters and Farmworkers United) – was founded by Cipriano Ferrel. He graduated from Mount Angel’s Colegio Cesar Chavez – the nation’s first accredited, independent four-year Chicano college, which closed in 1983.

President Lariviere and PCUN President Ramon Ramirez spoke at the June 6 evening event with representatives of other Latino groups and local dignitaries. The event celebrated the new resources at the UO Libraries, and also showcased student work, documentaries and the many UO connections to the Latino community.

The UO has several new Latino-oriented academic programs, community partnerships, research endeavors, enrollment assistance and student leadership opportunities, including the Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies established last year, the Rites of Passage with Lane Community College, Oportunidades programs, the multimedia Latino Roots Project about seven Latino immigrant families, the High School Equivalency Program (HEP) for children of migrant and season farm workers, and the MEChA-organized national Raza Unida Youth Conference.


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PCUN-UO Partnership, Latino History, Celebrated at Knight Library, Monday, June 6

June 6, 2011
5:00 pmto7:00 pm



From the UO Libraries website

The University of Oregon’s emergence as a partner with Oregon’s growing and vibrant Latino population will be celebrated in an event on Monday, June 6, at 5 p.m. at the University of Oregon’s Knight Library, 1501 Kincaid Street, Eugene.

“The PCUN-UO Partnership” will celebrate the donation of the historic papers of Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste (Northwest Treeplanters and Farmworkers United) to the UO Libraries’ Special Collections and University Archives, which will preserve, organize, and make the papers available for research projects conducted by students, faculty, and others.

The event will also showcase videos made by UO students who have taken a sequence of Latino Roots courses facilitated by the UO’s Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies (CLLAS) and taught by UO faculty members Gabriela Martínez and Lynn Stephen. The courses offer students a theoretical, documentary, and ethnographic understanding of the processes of Latino immigration and settlement in Oregon during the past 150 years, while teaching them how to produce video documentaries from oral history interviews. › Continue reading




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