Oregon Senate Confirms Gerardo Francisco Sandoval as Land Conservation and Development Commissioner

Editor’s Note: Gerardo Sandoval served previously as a co-director of CLLAS.

December 6, 2019—From Around the O

On December 2, the Oregon Senate confirmed Professor Gerardo Sandoval as a commissioner on the Land Conservation and Development Commission (LCDC). During his term, which began December 1, 2019, and ends November 30, 2023, Sandoval will represent the Willamette Valley region.

portrait of professor Gerardo Sandoval
Gerardo Sandoval

“This is tremendous for [the State of] Oregon,” said Director Jim Rue in the committee’s press release. “Dr. Sandoval’s research, experience, and perspective will help ensure our work benefits all Oregonians.”

The commission, assisting the Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD), adopts state land-use goals and implements rules, assures local plan compliance with the 19 statewide planning goals, coordinates state and local planning, and manages the coastal zone program. The commission is also tasked with implementing rules on issues as wide-ranging as wildfire planning and urban growth boundaries to re-zoning for “missing middle” housing and the push to allow breweries on hops farms.

Sandoval is an associate professor in the School of Planning, Public Policy and Management (PPPM) at the University of Oregon. His work and research focus on the intersection of planning, immigration, and community change. 

In addition to now serving as a LCDC commissioner, Sandoval is currently serving a four-year appointment as a councilmember on the State’s Housing Stability Council (HSC). The HSC leads the work of the OregonHousing and Community Services (OHCS) department to meet the housing and services needs of low- and moderate-income Oregonians. The Housing Stability Council works to establish and support OHCS’ strategic direction, foster constructive partnerships across the state, set policy and issue funding decisions, and overall lend their unique expertise to the policy and program development of the agency.

“It is an honor to serve the state of Oregon in this capacity,” said Sandoval. “Public service is at the core of the UO’s ethos.” 

Sandoval’s expertise has been recognized through numerous awards and honors, including the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Award from the UO for promoting diversity, social justice, and equity. Sandoval is also the College of Design’s Dean’s Fellow for Diversity and leads the college’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee and its implementation of its Diversity Action Plan.

“Affecting positive change in the State of Oregon is embedded in the UO and PPPM missions, so it’s not at all surprising that Gerardo would lend his expertise to this effort,” said Rich Margerum, director of the School of Planning, Public Policy and Management.

Learn more about the commission and its work on the LCD Commission’s website.

Political Discussion Networks, Political Engagement, and the Latino Electorate

January 23, 2020
4:00 pm

Knight Library, Browsing Room

Marisa Abrajano is professor of political science at the University of California, San Diego. Her research interests are in American politics, particularly in developing ways to increase politics participation and civic engagement amongst racial/ethnic minorities. Her most recent book is White Backlash: Immigration, Race and American Politics (with Zoltan Hajnal, 2015).

Sponsored by the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics. Cosponsored by the Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies.

Joseph Pierce, “Beyond Translation: Toward a Queer/Cuir Latin American Studies”

January 30, 2020

Save-the-Date

Joseph Pierce

Joseph Pierce, associate professor in the Department of Hispanic Languages and Literature at Stony Brook University, will give a lecture titled “Beyond Translation: Toward a Queer/Cuir Latin American Studies,” on January 30, 2020. 

Professor Pierce’s research focuses on indigenous studies, queer studies and hemispheric approaches to citizenship and belonging. He is the co-editor of a forthcoming special issue of GLQ, “Queer/Cuir Américas: Translation, Decoloniality, and the Incommensurable,” and he is the author of Argentine Intimacies: Queer Kinship in an Age of Splendor, 1890-1910 (SUNY Press, 2019). Professor Pierce’s visit to the UO is planned in conjunction with a course to be taught by  Sergio Rigoletto (associate professor, romance languages) in winter term 2020: RL407/507 Queer from the South.

* CLLAS is cosponsoring this talk as part of its two-year theme (2019-2021) 
The Politics of Language in the Americas: Power, Culture, History, and Resistance.

Faculty Grant-Writing Workshop for NEH Funding

February 6, 2020
12:00 pm

Jane Grant Conference Room, Hendricks 330

CLLAS Professional Development Series

In addition to NEH funding, this workshop will provide information about faculty CLLAS grants.

Myth-Busting: The Truth about Multi-Lingualism

February 13, 2020
6:00 pm

Diamond Lake Room, EMU 119

Alliance for Language and Literacy
CLLAS Theme Event

“Decolonial Environmentalisms: Race, Genre, and Latinx Literature,” Latinx Studies Seed Grant

February 20, 2020
3:30 pm

Presentations from our CLLAS Research Series.
EMU 119

David Vazquez, Associate Professor and Head of Department of English.




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

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