Community is embedded in Chicano and Latino Studies. Because of this, maintaining long-standing partnerships within the community is vital. CLS currently has two primary partner sites: schools El Colegio and Academia Cesar Chavez. These partnerships provide CLS with the opportunity to engage with and give back to the community.
The first year of college is the hardest; you’re getting used to the culture, the workload, and you’re trying to make friends. Living Learning Communities help alleviate some of this challenge by creating a community within a community. CASA SOL is an LLC for first-year Latinx and Chicana/o/x students, and it provides them with the framework needed to be successful in college and beyond.
As a graduate student and junior faculty member Gabriela Spears-Rico traveled to the pueblo magico in the Mexican state of Michoacán. There she spent eight months ethnographically studying the dynamics between tourists and the Indigenous community.
The Department of Chicano & Latino Studies was awarded a $60,000 NEH grant to support the Rhizome collaborative project led by department chair Karen Mary Davalos and Constance Cortez (University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley).
Did you know there are 87 museums and archives across the US that house Mexican American art? Department Chair Karen Mary Davalos didn’t know that either, but her research is working to create a portal that will make Mexican American art more accessible for everyone.
The Department of Chicano and Latino Studies at the University of Minnesota stands in solidarity with the refugee caravans approaching the U.S.-Mexico border from Honduras. We denounce the terrifying violence that these asylum-seekers have encountered along the Guatemala-Mexico border at the hands of the Guatemalan police and the Mexican federal police force and ask that immigration authorities in Guatemala, Mexico, and the United States treat Honduran refugees with respect and dignity.
Gabriela Spears-Rico and Jessica Lopez Lyman discuss Dia de los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead, which comes from the Aztec celebration of loved ones who’ve walked on. It’s now a Mexican holiday with customs and traditions that are catching on in the US—but the American version is often more about sugar skull imagery and less about the original intent. What is the holiday is really about and how do you avoid cultural appropriation?