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.
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.