CLA Stories

CLAgency strives to enrich the value of a liberal arts education by serving as storytellers for CLA students, faculty, and alumni.

Our goal is to highlight how CLA is shattering expectations of what a liberal arts education can be—transforming CLA into a destination college. As strategic storytellers, we brainstorm with our departments to uncover exciting story ideas that align with CLA Dean John Coleman's Roadmap goals: readiness, research, engagement, and diversity. Each semester, our content creators build a content strategy, conduct interviews, and write at least three feature stories. Our stories are shared on department websites, through social media, and through e-newsletters to alumni and friends. 

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An Activist in the Making

Ray Barney is a senior at the University of Minnesota double-majoring in gender, women & sexuality studies (GWSS) and Asian languages and literatures (ALL) with a minor in art. They are already doing work informed by feminist, Black, trans, and queer praxis. With the tools and opportunities they’ve gained during their time at the University of Minnesota, Barney hopes to be a part of the shared fight for shared liberation.
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Alaska and Settler Feminism

Juliana Hu Pegues received the McKnight Land-Grant Professorship for her research into the history of Asian immigrants and Alaska Natives. Her work seeks to understand the complex history of manifest destiny and inform the greater public about how settler colonialism shapes modern America.
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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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Music in the Mountains

Professor Gloria Goodwin Raheja has worked in archives across Appalachia and conducted oral history interviews to explore the ways American vernacular music registered transformations in the social and economic landscapes of coal mining communities in the 1920s and 1930s.
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Bit by Bit

Are frictions in the land market hindering the growth of India’s manufacturing sector? Graduate student Aradhya Sood’s research hopes to find the link between land and slow growth in large-scale manufacturing.
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Nuclear Reaction

The United States, Great Britain, and South Africa have all utilized nuclear weapons in different ways. How are international politics affected by a country’s nuclear arsenal? Assistant Professor Mark Bell explores this question.
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Facing the Music: Reproducibility Studies to Guarantee Scientific Validity

Throughout many science communities, there is a growing call for the results of important research to be reproduced to verify the validity of earlier studies. Within the Department of Psychology, Professor Andrew Oxenham is conducting a multi-site reproducibility study on the effects of musical training on the perception and neural coding of speech.
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Sociolinguistics in Spain

Two PhD candidates in Hispanic & Lusophone Literatures, Cultures & Linguistics are looking at sociolinguistics of two communities in Spain. Carol Ready conducts ethnographic research involving Moroccan immigrants in Granada and Mónica de la Fuente Iglesias examines language variation in the Spanish spoken in Galicia.

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