The Department of Chicano & Latino Studies has contributed greatly to the Dean’s First-Year and Creative Scholars Program. The program allows students the unique opportunity to work one-on-one with faculty on a research project. Learn what these students and faculty within CLS experienced during their time researching and what they want others to know.
The Chicano and Latino Studies Department in connection with CLUES (Comunidades Latinas Unidas En Servicio) is calling for artists (in the broadest sense of the word) to participate in their forthcoming collaborative exhibition. In Spring 2021, the department will celebrate its 50th anniversary, and with CLUES, invites artists to create new work inspired or informed by a selection of the Chicano and Latino Studies Department archives.
Professor Jessica Lopez Lyman is following 11 contemporary, local artists to uncover the intersection between art and social justice work. “It's been such an inspiring experience to see these Latinas out there, giving of themselves, using their art as a tool to educate,” Lopez Lyman says. Her research will contribute to the growing scholarship around Midwestern Latina/o/x communities.
Erika Hernandez is the proud daughter of two immigrant parents. A student in the Department of Chicano & Latino Studies, Hernandez is exploring her purpose, values, and gifts through community engagement. “I want more representation in the classrooms and other spaces of influence,” Hernandez says.
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.