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CLS: Community and University

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.
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Living & Learning in CASA SOL

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.
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Statement of Solidarity with Approaching Caravan of Honduran Asylum-Seekers

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.
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Dia de los Muertos: An Indigenous celebration

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?
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Oppression and Agency

Teaching the history of a nation from a single perspective neglects the experiences, hardships, and triumphs faced by groups that don’t fall within the majority. Associate Professor Jimmy Patiño worked with Minneapolis Public Schools to create a Chicano and Latino history course to address this issue and pass down knowledge to the next generation of scholars.
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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.
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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.

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