Latinx & Undocumented Student Support Group

Mondays, 2:00pm –3:00pm, starting Week 4

Location: Counseling Center

This support group is offered to create a safe, affirming, and confidential space for Latinx-identified students who would like to explore their multiple identities, discuss ways of balancing multiple roles on and off campus, address subtle and overt forms of discrimination, and connect with one another for mutual support and sense of community. Drop-ins are welcome, no sign-up required. 

For more details, contact Dr. Eric Garcia: egarcia3@uoregon.edu

Grupo de Apoyo para Estudiantes Latinx e Indocumentados

Día y hora: Los lunes 2:00 – 3:00pm, empezando la semana 4

Ubicación: Counseling Center

Este grupo de apoyo esta ofrecido para crear un espacio seguro, de afirmación, y confidencial para estudiantes que se identifican como Latinx o indocumentado quienes quieren explorar sus multiples identidades, discutir maneras de equilibrar sus roles multiples dentro y fuera del campus, abordar diferentes formas de discriminación, y conectar uno con el otro para apoyo mutual y un sentido de comunidad. No hay que registrar. 

Por más detalles, contactar al Dr. Eric Garcia: egarcia3@uoregon.edu

See also: https://cllas.uoregon.edu/lets-talk-from-the-uo-counseling-center/

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Wednesday, October 23rd, 2019 Academics, Human Rights, Immigration, Students No Comments

Kristin Yarris featured in the inaugural “UO Authors, Book Talks” series

November 6, 2019
5:00 pmto6:30 pm

Knight Library
Browsing Room


Around the O, October 17, 2019—Kristin Yarris will be the first faculty member featured in the inaugural “UO Authors, Book Talks” series that begins next month.

Kristin Yarris

Yarris, an associate professor of international studies, will read excerpts from her book “Care Across Generations,” followed by a discussion on the pivotal roles Nicaraguan grandmothers play in intergenerational care and transnational migration.

The debut for Yarris and “UO Authors, Book Talks” will be Nov. 6 in the Knight Library Browsing Room. The event is a recognition of University of Oregon faculty members and their books.

The second “UO Authors, Book Talks” will take place Feb. 12 in the Browsing Room. It will feature Kirby Brown, associate professor of Native American literatures, and his book “Stoking the Fire: Nationhood in Cherokee Writing, 1907-1970.”

“I can’t think of a better way to celebrate scholarly work than to put a spotlight on our faculty authors,” said Patrick Phillips, UO’s provost and senior vice president. “UO authors provide a tremendous impact with their original scholarship, and their dedicated efforts enhance the reputation of the entire university by showing the world the important contributions we make to a wide variety of fields.”

The events are sponsored by the Office of the Provost, UO Libraries, and the College of Arts and Sciences.

Yarris, who also directs the UO Global Health Program, spent a year in Managua, Nicaragua, working with Servicio Jesuita a Migrantes, a migrant justice organization. The work included taking testimonials from migrants who returned home and their family members to develop ways to better protect Nicaraguans working in Costa Rica and Mexico through changes in policy.

Through these testimonials, Yarris was able to meet 24 families and work with many of them to produce material for her dissertation, which later turned into the book. “Care Across Generations”takes a close look at grandmother care in Nicaraguan transnational families.

University Communications sat down with Yarris to discuss her experiences and her book. Portions of the interview have been edited for brevity and clarity.

Q: How did you find yourself in Nicaragua?

A: When I was a public health student at UCLA, I taught medical Spanish and was able to meet students who made service learning trips for medical students to go to Latin America. I went with them to Honduras once and then twice to Nicaragua as a translator for volunteer medical brigades. Through that work, I met nonprofit health organizations in Nicaragua, was able to understand the historical and cultural context better, and wanted to go back.

I got involved with a social justice organization, Witness for Peace Southwest, which advocates for change in U.S. policy toward mainly Latin America and the Caribbean. I was a volunteer and then became a member on their board of directors. That opened up opportunities for me to work in Managua.

Q: Did you receive any other cultural misconceptions around your book and the roles of grandmothers?

A: One thing that has been challenging for me — in writing the book, talking about the book, in teaching my students — is U.S. students, audiences or publics tend to jump to the conclusion that awful patriarchy exists (in other places) and we have it so good (in the U.S.) where there are no problems with gender and equality, which obviously isn’t true.

What I’ve tried to do in the book is be sensitive in talking about the layers of social, historical, cultural, economic and legal configurations that leave grandmothers particularly vulnerable to being threatened by children’s fathers who take the remittances mothers send home and why that might be happening.

Q: Would you mind explaining the relationship with fathers more?

A: It’s hard because it’s a real thing. Feminists in Nicaragua have this saying, “El machismo mata,” which means machismo kills. Which is true; there are very high rates of femicide. Women die at high numbers in Nicaragua at the hands of intimate partners, husbands, the fathers of their children. Yes, it’s a real thing. But I also don’t want to paint all Nicaraguan men with that brushstroke that they’re violent or don’t care about their children, because obviously that isn’t true.

There have been misconceptions about men, their roles, and why I didn’t talk to more men. The truth is, often they weren’t around. The households are matrifocal. I tried to get men’s voices, but the truth is that most of the care in these families is done by women.

The other misconception that I’ve had to be careful to not fall into the trap of is that mother migrants abandon their kids. I go through painstaking measures in the book to not paint mothers that way. I try to describe the factors pushing mothers to migrate and the steps they take to send remittance home for their kids. All of the mothers in my book care about their kids and are thankful their mothers can care for them. They’re waiting for when the “grand bargain” pays off, and they can be with their kids again.

Q: As you continue your work in academia, are you seeing your book complement the research you are conducting?

A: Yes, definitely. After the book, my next project was funded by the Wenner-Gren Foundation studying transit immigration in Central America through Mexico. The research questions I asked were less about families in migration but still about the role of migration and family care.

I spent a few summers in Sinaloa, Mexico, looking at how women were informally mobilizing along freight train lines to provide care for families in migrant situations. I’m currently working on a local project looking at networks of volunteers, refugee asylum seeker resettlements and sponsorship work in Lane County.

Q: You touched on this, but given our political climate, have you faced challenges discussing migration with students?

A: I’ve been glad that I teach classes on migration, that I have a book on migration and that my book is ethnographic. When students and other people read ethnographic work about migrants and their families, it humanizes things in a way that politics, media or tweets dehumanize and desensitize people.

Human stories help people and students ask questions like, “Why is it so hard for people who are here lawfully to bring their children with them lawfully?” They don’t realize that it is so difficult, it takes 10 years or other miscellaneous reasons why people are leaving to create a better life for their children.

—By Jessica T. Brown, University Communications

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Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019 Affiliated faculty, Books No Comments

TAREA TIME for UO students

Tuesdays, 2 pm to 4:30 pm
First Floor of CMAE in Oregon Hall

Get support with:

  • Resumes
  • Academic advising
  • Career advising
  • Tutoring
  • Spanish
  • Resources

Sponsored by Division of Equity and Inclusion and Center for Multicultural Academic Excellence.

cmae@uoregon.edu    541-346-3479

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Saturday, October 12th, 2019 Academics No Comments

Open House “Spanish Immersion and Organic Farming in the Willamette Valley: The Escuela Helvetia Experience”

November 14, 2019
3:30 pmto5:00 pm

EMU Coquille Room

Would you like to grow your advanced Spanish language skills while learning organic farming basics and developing your own unique ideas for how sustainable agriculture can function as a catalyst for a more equitable and inclusive society?

Analisa TaylorAssociate Professor of Spanish, Department of Romance Languages will be leading a new Spanish-immersion ‘study away’ program this summer, June 17-July 4: Spanish Immersion and Organic Farming in the Willamette Valley In this intensive two-week program, you can earn 4 upper division SPAN “expertise/in residence” credits (SPAN 407: Escuela Helvetia: una introducción práctica a la agroecología) and complete your experiential learning requirement through hands-on community-based learning at Stoneboat Farm, a 30-acre transitional organic farm just outside Portland.

On Thursday November 14 from 3:30-5:00 pm in the EMU Coquille Room, Program Director and farm co-owner Jesse Nichols (see Campopdx.org and Escuela Helvetia) and Prof. Taylor will be holding an Open House. Please drop by to learn more about this program.  

GEO Advisor Crystal Galarza will join us to talk about scholarship opportunities. You can also contact her directly at  cgalarza@uoregon.edu
This new program features:

Spanish Immersion in Action:

  • Practiceseeding, soil science, planting, harvesting, processing
  • Conversation: Intercultural solutions to local and global problems
  • Critique: Indigenous agricultural systems; agribusiness, globalization & human rights

Spanish Immersion in Community: 

  • Homestays with Spanish-speaking families including breakfasts and dinners
  • Fresh Food including daily farm lunch; weekend potlucks; cooking lesson
  • Field trips to local community organizations

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Friday, October 11th, 2019 Academic Courses No Comments

Graduate Student Mixer

November 20, 2019
2:00 pm

EMU 023
Lease Crutcher Lewis Room

Save-the-Date for our annual fall mixer with CLLAS staff and graduate students. More info to follow.

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Saturday, October 5th, 2019 Events, Graduate students, staff No Comments

Fiesta Cultural, Latinx History Month help launch fall arts events

From Around the O

As summer winds down, arts events at the University of Oregon are warming up.

Kicking off Latinx Heritage Month on Sept. 5 is Fiesta Cultural, Lane County’s largest annual celebration of Latinx arts and culture. Enjoy live music, dance performances, food trucks, kid’s activities and more in downtown Eugene on Sept. 5.

Be sure to also drop by the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art and take in the Latinx-focused art exhibition “Resistance as Power: A Curatorial Response to ‘Under the Feet of Jesus,’” opening Sept. 7.


All new and returning Ducks are invited to get acquainted with the student orientation staff Sept. 29 at the Global Scholars Hall for an as-yet-to-be-determined Movie on the Lawn event.

Art exhibitions

On view beginning Sept. 7 at the Museum of Natural and Cultural History is “Blake Little: Photographs from the Gay Rodeo,” a photography exhibit on the North America’s gay rodeo circuit between 1988 and 1992. Combining portraiture and rodeo action, the exhibit includes 41 black-and white photographs chronicling this LGBTQIA tradition while also exploring complex themes of identity and community in the West. While you’re there, be sure to check out all the resplendent exhibits and fun activities the museum has to offer.

'The Fallen,' 2018. Acrylic on canvas

Resistance as Power: A Curatorial Response to ‘Under the Feet of Jesus,’” opening Sept. 7, is the museum’s fourth “Common Seeing” exhibition in conjunction with the UO’s 2019-20 Common Reading of “Under the Feet of Jesus,” a 1995 novel by Helena Maria Viramontes. The exhibition includes two special loans from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, including “Farm Workers’ Altar” by Emanuel Martinez and “Braceros” by Domingo Ulloa, which complement the themes in Viramontes’ novel and contemporary works.

Don’t miss “Art Heals: Reflections and Connections,” a special exhibition at at the art museum that features artwork made in the Alzheimer’s arts access program in collaboration with the Alzheimer’s Association Oregon and Southwest Washington chapter. The Reflections and Connections program offers free workshops to individuals living with early stages of Alzheimer’s disease and their care partners. Participants tour the museum galleries for inspiration and spend an hour in the museum’s studios creating their own art.

Pam Stout, 'Friendly Island'

Artist Mohamed Murshed’s portraits of current UO students and alumni artists with their artwork is on display in the Adell McMillan Gallery in the Erb Memorial Union until Sept. 20, when Murshed, along with several of the artists depicted in his work, will return for a closing reception.

On exhibit at the Aperture Gallery in the EMU is “Border Lands 2019: A Sketchbook Journey” by Oregon artist Betty LaDuke. The sketches frame the experience of migrants, asylum seekers, individuals and families on both sides of the Arizona and Mexico borders who are desperately seeking the dream of safety and opportunity in the U.S. The exhibition continues through Sept. 11.

Cultural events

Mark your calendars for more Latinx Heritage Month-related events taking place at the art museum this fall, including Madre’s Club, a community art club for Spanish-speaking mothers and their children who want to express their creativity and improve their art skills; a visit from Mexican photographer Fernando Soto Vidal, who will discuss his photographs of ofrendas colgantes — “Day of the Dead: Hanging Altars of Coatetelco and Other Expressions from Morelos” — from indigenous communities in Morelos, México, on Oct. 30; and a variety of activities surrounding the Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead celebrationin November.

—By Sharleen Nelson, University Communications

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Saturday, September 14th, 2019 Events 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.



2019 Judge Yassmin Barrios Lecture / photos by Jack Liu