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August 13, 2014

Message from the Chair, Dr. Edén E. Torres

It is my pleasure to serve as the current Chair of the Department of Chicano & Latino Studies. In existence since 1972, this historically important and socially significant institution was one of the first full-fledged Departments of Chicano & Latino Studies in the nation and it remains fairly unique in the Upper Midwest. While other universities and colleges have programs in Chicana/o and Latina/o studies, ours is still the only Department of Chicano Studies in Minnesota. We pride ourselves in carrying forth the legacy of the students and community members whose vision, advocacy and activism preceded the establishment of this department.

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June 18, 2014

Heartfelt Farewell to Former Chair Dr. Louis Mendoza

To the Friends of Chicano and Latino Studies

It has been my privilege for the past ten years to work with Dr. Louis Mendoza in his capacity as a Professor and Chair of the Department, as well as in his roll as Associate Vice Provost in the Office for Equity and Diversity. It is with sadness that we announce his departure from the University of Minnesota. Yet we are excited by the possibilities that await Dr. Mendoza in his new position with Arizona State University. Dr. Mendoza has been a teacher, friend, and mentor to many students, as well as a trusted colleague to faculty across this campus and beyond.

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June 5, 2014

Chicano and Latino Studies student releases new book on Postville Raid

Former Chicano and Latino Studies student, Luz María Hernandez, along with Virginia Gibbs have published a new book about the May 2008 ICE raid of Agriprocessors in Postville: Shattered Dreams: The Story of a Historic ICE Raid in the Words of the Detainees.

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May 8, 2014

2014 Paso al Futuro

On Sunday, May 18th from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. a special event to commemorate graduating students & their families who major or minor in Chicano/Latino Studies or who are Latina/o students will be held in the Mississippi Room of Coffman Memorial Union. Registration for the event as a graduating student is now closed. More information is provided on the following page.

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April 25, 2014

La Raza SCC Faculty Talks Presents

Professor Bianet Castellanos
(American Studies Department and Affiliated Faculty Department of Chicano & Latino Studies)
"The Cultural Politics of Housing and Indigeneity in Mexico"

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La Raza SCC Faculty Talks Presents

Professor Bianet Castellanos
(American Studies Department and Affiliated Faculty Department of Chicano & Latino Studies)
"The Cultural Politics of Housing and Indigeneity in Mexico"

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La Raza SCC Faculty Talks Presents

Professor Bianet Castellanos
(American Studies Department and Affiliated Faculty Department of Chicano & Latino Studies)
"The Cultural Politics of Housing and Indigeneity in Mexico"

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April 9, 2014

3rd Annual Mira Mi Corazón Fundraiser Raises More Than $3,100 For Scholarships


The 3rd annual art fundraiser for El Colegio High School and the University of Minnesota's Chicano and Latino Studies Department raised more than $3,100 for scholarships for their students. The event included music, food, an art auction, and pre-priced art work.

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April 1, 2014

Department Spring Gathering

Everyone is welcome to the Chicano and Latino Studies Spring Gathering. Come learn about our Summer & Fall courses, our major and minor, as well as community outreach opportunities. Our faculty and staff will be there with sample syllabi, books, and to answer any questions you have about the major and minor or our courses. Lunch will be provided!

Friday, April 4th, 12-1:30pm, in Scott Hall, Commons Room 105.
(After you come up the main entrance go in the main foyer and take a right.)

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December 6, 2013

Why Chicano and Latino Studies Matters


Jimmy Patiño, Assistant Professor, Department of Chicano & Latino Studies shares his views on the importance of Chicano & Latino Studies at the University of Minnesota.


October 28, 2013

İBienvenidos!

Welcome to Chicano and Latino Studies at the University of Minnesota! We welcome you and hope you can find any information you need to learn more about the department's mission, our history, our courses, and our active relationship with the local Latin@ community.

February 20, 2013

İBienvenidos!

Welcome to Chicano and Latino Studies at the University of Minnesota! We welcome you and hope you can find any information you need to learn more about the department's mission, our history, our courses, and our active relationship with the local Latin@ community. Check out the "About" section of our website to learn more about who we are and what we do. Please visit the "Oral History and Video Project" section on our homepage to watch The Making of Chicano Studies, a video on the department's founding featuring former students who helped to establish the department, current faculty, alumni, and students.


Last year, after extensive discussion about the department's mission, the ongoing demographic changes occurring in Minnesota and throughout the nation, and the importance of being enhancing awareness of our presence on campus, department faculty agreed that it was time to evolve into the Department of Chicano and Latino Studies. With this change we remain deeply committed to our focus on the lived experience of people of Mexican descent in the United States, but we acknowledge that a comparative and transnational approach that showcases the intra-cultural diversity of the Latina/o population is important in fulfilling our educational mission at the university to ensure that students are well-informed about the complexity of the Latina/o community. We welcome feedback and suggestion for making it more user-friendly. We look forward to seeing you in Scott Hall soon!

February 6, 2013

2nd Annual Mira Mi Corazón (He)Art Auction Fundraiser for Latino Educational Success

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Plan on attending the 2nd Annual Mira Mi Corazón (He)Art Auction Fundraiser for Latino Educational Success at 5:30pm on February 15th at El Colegio Charter School

The Department of Chicano & Latino Studies at the University of Minnesota & El Colegio Charter School proudly sponsor the 2nd Annual Mira Mi Corazón art exhibit and silent auction fundraiser for Latino student success. Plain wooden hearts will be turned into beautiful art by members of our community to symbolize the love and aspirations we have for our youth and will be treasured by others in their homes and offices across the state symbolizing la mente, corazón, y talento de nuestra gente (the mind, heart, & talent of our people).

Plain wooden hearts have been distributed to professional artists, school youth, teachers, and community members for painting and decorating. All hearts, each one is unique, will be sold at the silent auction. Proceeds from the heart sales will support scholarships for graduates of El Colegio to attend a higher education institution of their choice & activities to help prepare them for college. Funds will also support scholarships for students in the Department of Chicano Studies at the U of MN.

The Mira Mi Corazón auction will be held at El Colegio Charter School (4137 Bloomington Avenue) featuring food, drinks, & music by a DJ, followed by the silent auction at 6pm. Admission to the auction is $5.

Come celebrate & support the educational success of local Latino youth & the artistic talent of members of our community!


January 15, 2013

2nd Annual Mira Mi Corazón (He)Art Auction & Scholarship Fundraiser

The Department of Chicano & Latino Studies at the University of Minnesota & El Colegio Charter School proudly sponsor the 2nd Annual Mira Mi Corazón (See My Heart) art exhibit & silent auction fundraiser for Latino student scholarships. Plain wooden hearts will be turned into beautiful art by members of our community to symbolize the love & aspirations we have for our youth & will be treasured by others in their homes & offices across the state symbolizing la mente, corazón, y talento de nuestra gente (the mind, heart, & talent of our people).


Like last year, we will distribute wooden hearts to professional artists, school youth, teachers, & community members for painting & decorating. All hearts will be sold in a silent auction on February 15th at El Colegio Charter School. Proceeds from the heart sales will support scholarships for graduates of El Colegio to attend a higher education institution of their choice & activities to help prepare them for college. Proceeds will also support scholarships for students in the Department of Chicano Studies at the U of MN.


We will begin distributing heart templates on January 14th at El Colegio Charter School & the Department of Chicano & Latino Studies. To reserve & pick up your (he)art canvas, please fill out the form at the end of this message & visit El Colegio at 42nd Avenue & Bloomington.


The Mira Mi Corazón auction will be held on Friday, February 15th at El Colegio Charter School. The event kicks off at 5:30pm featuring food, drinks, & music by a DJ, followed by the silent auction at 6pm. Admission to the auction is $5.


Though this event is intended to support students' ability to pay for education, the larger goal is to raise our collective awareness of the innate strength & beauty of our cultural assets that will enable us to persevere & succeed. Our corazones must reflect our aspirations for the future, our love for one another, our determination to overcome any obstacles we encounter, & our resilience to persevere. We ask that if you choose to create an art for this event, that you think of these qualities as you design your (he)art.


Come celebrate & support the educational success of local Latino youth & the artistic talent of members of our community. Should you wish to make a heart, we invite you to fill out the form Second Annual Mira Mi Corazón (He)Art Auction & Scholarship Fundraiser. To fill it out, visit the link: Mira Mi Corazón.

December 5, 2012

Recent Keynote on Latino Scholars

"Their America, Our América and Our Responsibility as Latina/o Scholars," Prof. Arturo Madrid at Trinity University gave this keynote address at the 20th Anniversary of the Biennial Conference of the Puerto Rican Studies Association. His speech draws upon Noam Chomsky's 1967, "Responsibility of Intellectuals," and Dwight McDonald's 1944, "Responsibility of People." He critically discusses the changing demographics of the U.S. and the historical implications for Latinos living in the U.S. He concludes with the responsibility of Latina/o intellectuals today. You can access the speech by clicking Their America, Our América.

October 23, 2012

Why Latinos Will Determine Who Wins The Presidency

With the Presidential election less than 3 weeks away, Chicanos and Latinos across the country are poised as the voting demographic that will determine who becomes the next President of the U.S.A. This milestone was nearly reached in the last presidential race when President Obama won 67%-69% of the Latino vote to Senator McCain's 28%-31%.


Today, with most states clearly leaning towards a particular presidential candidate, several states are labeled "battleground states" because voter support is so evenly divided between the two candidates. The next president must win the majority of these states to win the election. In the key battleground states of Florida, Colorado, and Nevada, Chicanos and Latinos are roughly 15% of all eligible, registered voters. While Chicanos and Latinos comprise nearly 5% of all registered voters in the battleground states of Virginia and North Carolina. In New Mexico, nearly 40% of the electorate is Chicano or Hispano. While Arizona is not seen as a battleground state by mainstream media and pollsters, the Chicano population is highly mobilized against anti-immigrant legislation and polling nearly 80% in favor of President Obama. Arizona's Chicano population is almost large enough to swing this state in Obama's favor by themselves.

Latino population growth and increased voter registration, has made the Latino vote pivotal in presidential elections. At the national and state levels, Latinos are polling 67%-73% in favor of President Obama. At these levels, if Latinos vote, we will be the deciding factor in who wins the presidency and future presidential candidates will not be able to ignore our voting power.

Michael Dueñes
Editor and Instructor
Department of Chicano and Latino Studies

[Note: Latino Decisions a non-partisan, Latino political opinion research firm provided much of the data for this editorial. For information about voting in Minnesota, please visit the non-partisan MN Latino Caucus.]

August 29, 2012

İBienvenidos!

The Department of Chicano and Latino Studies at the University of Minnesota welcomes everyone to the 2012-13 academic year! Please watch The Making of Chicano Studies, a video on the department's founding featuring former students who helped to establish the department, current faculty, alumni, and students.

We hope you had a fantastic summer, be it enjoying some well-deserved rest and relaxation, working, or traveling to visit family or friends, or conducting research. After an ambitious and highly successful year-long calendar or activities to commemorate the establishment of the Department of Chicano Studies, we are excited to begin this year with a new name and a new website. After extensive discussion about the department's mission, the ongoing demographic changes occurring in Minnesota and throughout the nation, and the importance of being enhancing awareness of our presence on campus, Department faculty agreed that it was time to evolve into the Department of Chicano and Latino Studies. With this change we remain deeply committed to our focus on the lived experience of people of Mexican descent in the United States, but we acknowledge that a comparative and transnational approach that showcases the intra-cultural diversity of the Latina/o population is important in fulfilling our educational mission at the university to ensure that students are well-informed about the complexity of the Latina/o community. Our deep thanks to CLA's web team helping us design this beautifully designed site. Please take some time to explore the site. We welcome feedback and suggestion for making it more user-friendly. We hope you take the time to watch the video we created last year on the "Making of Chicano Studies." Our thanks to all involved in the project. I look forward to seeing you in Scott Hall soon!

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