US Asylum Laws Must Catch up With the Reality of Today’s Refugees

Op-ed by CLLAS Executive Board Member and Founding Director, Lynn Stephen

“I am going to ask for asylum,” Maria said. The mother and her three children, hailing from Honduras, hoped to gain asylum when they arrived at the US southern border in February 2019.

“They killed my father. We went to the police and they put the person who killed him in jail. But he paid about 150,000 Honduran lempira ($6,250) and they let him out. Then they came to threaten me and my brother with death because we went to the police. That is why I left.

Also, because my husband beat our kids and me all the time, and we are so poor.”

Two years later, on February 2, 2021, President Joe Biden signed an executive order seeking to attack the root causes of Central American refugees fleeing, extend asylum programs and resettlement capacity in the region, and review all the policies Donald Trump’s administration put into place to eliminate access to asylum.

This is an opportunity to fundamentally rethink asylum.


To read more, please find this piece on the Globe Post.

Thursday, February 18th, 2021 Uncategorized No Comments

Call for 2021 CLLAS Faculty Grant Proposals

April 2, 2021
12:00 pm

The Center for Latino/a & Latin American Studies (CLLAS) 2021 Seed Grant Award for Faculty in the field of Latinx Studies

CLLAS invites applications for research and/or creative projects in the field of Latinx Studies. We plan to award one seed grant of up to $5000;1the funds must be used during the 2021-2022 academic year (July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022). This grant is specifically intended to support research or creative projects in Latinx Studies that fit within the CLLAS mission.

Projects that include collaboration between UO units, involve the wider Eugene/Springfield, Oregon, or Latinx communities/organizations/institutions in the U.S., or propose other forms of community engagement are welcome, but not required.

See criteria in this linked PDF: Call-for-Faculty-Latinx-Grants-Final.pdf

The Center for Latino/a & Latin American Studies (CLLAS) Announces 2021 Faculty Research Seed Grant

CLLAS invites applications for its annual Faculty Research seed grant for funds to be used during the 2021-2022 academic year (July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022). CLLAS plans to award one (1) grant of up to $5000.1 This grant is intended to support research that fits within the CLLAS mission, and has the potential to put Latinx and Latin American Studies in conversation.

Projects that include collaboration between faculty from different UO units, involve the wider Eugene/Springfield, Oregon, or Latin American communities/organizations/institutions in the U.S. or Latin America, or propose other forms of community engagement are welcome but not required.

CLLAS will also consider research projects that involve elements of community engagement.

See criteria in this linked PDF: Call-for-Faculty-Grants-Final.pdf

Application Deadline: 12:00 p.m. (noon), Friday, April 2, 2021

Applicants will be notified by May 7, 2021.


Monday, February 8th, 2021 Funding, Uncategorized No Comments

Grant-Writing Workshop for NEH Funding, Q&A for CLLAS Faculty Grants

February 17, 2021
12:00 pmto1:00 pm


CLLAS Professional Development Series

CLLAS held a grant-writing workshop on Wednesday February 17, 12:00-1:00pm.  
This was a virtual event. To view the video of the workshop, please FOLLOW THIS LINK

Stephanie Wood (Center for Equity Promotion) will be shared her expertise in writing successful proposals for National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grants.

CLLAS staff were available to answer questions about CLLAS faculty grants. Faculty grant CFPS forthcoming, find 2020 Faculty grant CFPs here.

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Monday, January 25th, 2021 Events, Funding, Uncategorized No Comments

Tarea Time is now Conoce Tu Comunidad

Conoce tu Comunidad (Know your Community), formally known as Tarea Time, is a virtual time and space for Latinx students and allies to study and connect.

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Thursday, January 21st, 2021 Student Support, Uncategorized, Undergraduates No Comments

Grant Writing Workshop for Graduate Students

February 3, 2021
12:00 pmto1:00 pm


CLLAS Professional Development Series

The Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies will hold its annual Grant Writing Workshop targeted toward graduate students on February 3, 2021, 12:00-1:00pm.

This is a virtual event. To join our email list and receive login information, please follow this link: https://oregon.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_23iO14izFbuzbrn

CLLAS Director Gabriel Martinez will lead the workshop. Staff members Eli Meyer, director of operations, and Feather Crawford, event planner & project manager, will share tips and strategies for writing successful research grant proposals. This will be an opportunity to learn more about CLLAS’s 2021 grants for graduate students. Find our grant RFPs here. For more information, please contact cllas@uoregon.edu.

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Tuesday, January 19th, 2021 Events, Funding, Graduate students, Uncategorized No Comments

Farmworkers, Forest Fires, and Food

A UO Food Studies & Center for Environmental Futures virtual event

The talk, “Farmworkers, Forest Fires, and Food,” will take place on January 22 from 12–1pm. The UO Food Studies & the Center for Environmental Futures are very excited to welcome Casa de Oregon’s Rosie Andalón, Survey Project Director and PSU PhD Candidate in Public Affairs and Policy Jennifer Martinez, and UO Professor Lynn Stephen to discuss the COVID-19 Farmworker Survey and the impacts of forest fires on farmworkers. Follow this link to the event flyer. This Food Talk will again take place on Zoom with a brown-bag format. Advance registration via the following link is required: https://uoregon.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAsf-iqrj0vGtblpDUreMP2t3y18HmPNBhD

Monday, January 11th, 2021 Uncategorized No Comments

Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies Gift Fund

Access the above link for giving to the Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies Gift Fund. Online gifts may be made using the form available at this link; all gifts are processed by the University of Oregon Foundation, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization responsible for receiving and administering private donations to the University of Oregon.



CLLAS Common Reading Brunch with author Helena María Viramontes / Photos by Mike Bragg / Courtesy of the UO Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art