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Photo of Francisco Rosales, Ikal Avila, Ramona A. de Rosales, Reina-Xareni Spears, Jimmy Patiño, and Emilio Aviña

On Purpose: Portrait of Chicano & Latino Studies

The objectives of the program…are (1) To provide, within the higher education system, an academic focal point of identification for the Chicanos and their way of life, (2) To provide needed course sequences for Chicano students, (3) To provide opportunities for non-Chicano students to learn about the cultural and historical heritage of Chicanos, (4) to provide a base for inquiry into various aspects of Chicano life and culture, and (5) To provide a base of further institutional provision for the community.
Four faculty standing in front of a photo gallery of previous presidents of the University.

On Purpose: Portrait of Race, Indigeneity, Gender & Sexuality Studies

The Race, Indigeneity, Gender & Sexuality Studies Initiative (RIGS) was established in 2015 to support innovative research, teaching, community-building, and engagement for scholars and students addressing issues on these topics. RIGS is dedicated to bringing faculty and students together to pursue lines of inquiry that challenge systems of power and inequality, assert human dignity, and imagine social transformation.
Poster for Remembrance Art Exhibition featuring work from gallery

Utopian World-Making: Art, Social Justice & Communities of Color Symposium

This symposium, occurring April 28-29 at the Regis Center for Art, explores the ways in which culture and art can be used to reconstruct the place of queer communities of color in today's society. The event features round table discussions with Los Angeles artists and local Minneapolis community organizers, as well as a silent auction and a workshop for children.
Dr. Michelle Téllez speaking at the Nolte Center.

Beyond the Wall: Border Disruptions and Creative Resistance

On February 2, Dr. Michelle Téllez, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mexican American Studies at the University of Arizona, gave a talk at the University of Minnesota. She spoke to current concerns regarding the proposal to build a border wall and its implications for US-Mexico relations. This event was co-sponsored by American Studies, RIGS, and GWSS.