Former CLLAS Team-Member, Feather Crawford, Leading DucksRISE

Feather Crawford is the Program Manager of the DucksRISE Program

Feather Crawford, formerly of CLLAS, was recently appointed the Program Manager of the DucksRISE Program. DucksRISE is a new program at UO that expands career readiness opportunities for BIPOC, first-generation, and Pell-eligible students. Cohorts connect with mentors and build professional networks with others who share similar identities. The main goal of DucksRISE is to bring into effect equitable post-graduation outcomes for BIPOC, first gen, and Pell-eligible students at UO.

DucksRISE is led by former CLLAS Executive Board member and Administrative Specialist, Feather Crawford, and Sandra Castro, who previously worked in the Department of Political Science.

Feather and Sandra started staff positions at UO within months of each other five years ago. They collaborated often in their respective positions at the Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies (CLLAS) and the Department of Political Science and as members of the Latinx Strategies Group. Together now at DucksRISE, they are an unstoppable team. 

Crawford brings her wide network of campus partnerships developed during her years at CLLAS and community organizations dedicated to immigrant rights and human dignity, her connections at the City of Eugene, and with local businesses, law firms, media companies, and art communities to the program as potential internship partners and as resources for DucksRISE students. Any units or organizations interested in learning more about partnering with DucksRISE to develop summer internships are encouraged to complete this form: https://oregon.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3rDh1VSvYwaNzFk

Thanks to her years teaching as a doctoral candidate in the Department of History, Crawford is at ease in the classroom. But it is Castro’s presence in the classroom that is the instrumental element of their success thus far, she says.

“Along with bringing her many skills, deep institutional knowledge, and multiple areas of expertise, Sandra shares her perspective and insights with students before, during, and after class (as well as during her office hours). As a Ford Family Foundation and Gilman Scholar, UO alumni, Woman of Color, and longtime UO staff member, Sandra is uniquely positioned to see the student experience from multiple angles and build a dynamic, 2-year grant-funded program out into a permanent UO department,” Crawford stated.

“Sandra practices her dedication to DEI and is committed to helping BIPOC, first gen, and Pell-eligible students overcome the obstacles laid in their path by systems of oppression. This foundation of empathetic respect and meticulous attention to detail sets the ideal tone and welcomes our students into a safe and supportive space.”

This dynamic DucksRISE duo is robustly supported by UESS and their partners at CURE. 

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Sunday, May 8th, 2022 Undergraduates No Comments

CLLAS Undergraduate Award Ceremony

May 25, 2022
4:00 pmto5:30 pm

Lillis 282

Join us for the Undergrad Award Celebration 4-5:30!


Friday, March 18th, 2022 Events, Undergraduates No Comments

CLLAS Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Project

April 8, 2022
12:00 pm

CLLAS announces the Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Project in Latinx and/or Latin American-related issues in any field of study. The purpose of this award is to acknowledge academic excellence for outstanding undergraduate coursework. We welcome applicants from any major whose coursework focuses on Latinx and/or Latin American issues.

We expect to award four prizes of $400 each to undergraduate students who have demonstrated excellence through an undergraduate thesis, research paper, capstone project, STEM project, or creative work. See submission process and criteria in this linked PDF: https://cllas.uoregon.edu/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/CLLAS-Undergraduate-Award-Announcement-2022.pdf

Submission Deadline: 12P.M. (Noon) on Friday, April 8, 2022.

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Thursday, November 18th, 2021 Events, Funding, Student Support, Undergraduates No Comments

UO named a top producer of Gilman Scholarship recipients

From Around the O

The University of Oregon has been named one of nation’s 20 top producers of Gilman Scholars as part of the 20th anniversary celebration of the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship.

The announcement comes after the UO surpassed its record for the most Gilman awards in a single year with 30 students receiving the scholarship in 2021 alone. The U.S. Department of State, which runs the Gilman program, recognized the UO as one of the 20 top-producing schools in the large university category with 293 Gilman Scholars since the program began in 2001.

The Gilman Scholarship is one of the most competitive national scholarships for undergraduates looking to fund their study or internship abroad experiences. The scholarship makes study abroad more accessible to outstanding and diverse American students with high financial need who otherwise would not have the funding for an international academic experience.

“We believe that transformative international experiences should be accessible to all students,” said Dennis Galvan, dean and vice provost for global engagement. “We’re delighted to see that many UO students have had the opportunity to study abroad in large part because of the Gilman Scholarship.”

Read the rest of the Around the O article here: https://around.uoregon.edu/content/uo-named-top-producer-gilman-scholarship-recipients

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Sunday, November 14th, 2021 Academics, Undergraduates No Comments

CLLAS Undergraduate Award Ceremony

June 2, 2021
12:00 pmto1:00 pm


Please join us for the 2021 CLLAS Undergraduate Award Ceremony! We will be celebrating the work of the talented and hard-working students who have been awarded the CLLAS Undergraduate Award.

The CLLAS Undergraduate Award recognizes outstanding academic work on Latinx and Latin American topics and/or issues. Please find the award description here.

This is a remote event and will take place over Zoom.To join the CLLAS email list and receive Zoom login information, please email us at cllas@uoregon.edu or subscribe here.

CLLAS Undergraduate Award Recipients

Emily Chavez Romero – Latino Roots Film: Dreams that Cross Borders

Thomas Parker – Research Paper: Wild Tales

Caitlin Scott – Honor’s Thesis: Reinforcing Push Factors in the Northern Triangle: An Investigation of Trump’s Attempts to Deter Immigration through Humanitarian Aid Reduction

Eva Shannon – Art Cover: La cena miserable, Eduardo Kingman, Ecuador

CLLAS Undergraduate Award Honorable Mentions

Taylor Henry – Art Cover: Manos de la protesta, Oswaldo Guayamin, Ecuador

Adrianna Vaca-Navarro – Honor’s Thesis: Chapter on immigration and border imperialism


Sunday, April 25th, 2021 Events, Undergraduates No Comments



Upcoming Events

3/9/23: Creating Californios: Masculinity and Localized Liberalism in Mexican California, 1800-1850, 3:30-4:30pm, location: EMU Diamond Lake Room

3/10/23: Faculty Grant Information Session, 12-1pm, location: Remote

4/13: Graduate Student Research Colloquium, 330-5pm, location: Gerlinger Alumni Lounge

6/1: Undergraduate Awards Ceremony, 4pm, location: TBD