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.