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.
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.
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.