February 6, 2013

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

The art show opens at El Colegio Charter School on February 8th to see this beautiful art before the auction on February 15th. For more information, please click View image.

April 21, 2011

Talk on "What's wrong with Arizona" by Sandra Soto

Join us on Thursday April 21st, 2011 from 6:00pm-8:00pm in Walter Library Room 405. During this talk Sandra K. Soto will describe and analyze what her colleague K. Tsianina Lomawaima has aptly coined Arizona's "regressive suit of legislation". She also will talk about the usefulness of queer theory and queer politics, not only for reading the norms produced by --and productive of-- the legistation, but for questioning some of the "family values" based activist responses to the legislation.
See you there!

40th Anniversary Meeting Thursday April 21st

Join us to help us plan Chicano Studies 40th Anniversary events for next year!
The Meeting is this week April 21st from 4:30pm-6:00pm in Walter Library Room 405.
All are welcome to attend.

April 14, 2011

Academia Cesar Chavez to Campus

ACC visits the University of MN on April 29 from 10am-3pm.

April 23, 2010

Department's Migrant Class Students Organize Farmworker Forum

From Field to Table: Workers in the Food System Making Change

Date: Monday, April 26, 2010
Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Location: Saint Paul Public Library,
Riverview Branch
1 E. George St, West Saint Paul

Join the University of Minnesota's Department of Chicano Studies and Centro Campesino in discussing the current agricultural system from a global, national and local lens. Learn more about farmworker efforts and local structures that lead to a more just food system.

Guest Speakers:

- Ernesto Velez Bustos, Community Organizer at Centro Campesino
- Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin, Director of the Rural Enterprise Center, Founder of the Fair Trade Federation, Creator of Peace Coffee
- Erik Esse, Membership and Marketing Director of IFP (Independent Feature Project) Minnesota
- Lisa Sass Zaragoza, Outreach Coordinator, University of Minnesota Department of Chicano Studies

Arrive at 6:30 to purchase products in support of farmworker organizing, learn more about the cause and participate in an interactive trivia session. Fair trade coffee and cookies will be served.

This event is part of an annual series of events entitled: "Untold Stories" presented by The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library. This year the theme is food production and the struggle for justice; the people who put food on our tables.

Here is the link to the full webpage:

This event is free to the public, all are welcome!

March 29, 2010

Casa Sol trip-The Windy City

From Friday March 26th-Sunday March 28th, 2010 Soler@s and staff drove to Chi-town for a fabulous learning and group bonding experience! Sights visited included: National Mexican Art Museum, Casa Aztlan, Bombazo-Afro-Caribbean drumming, Millennium Park and Chinatown. What a whirlwind! More pics soon!

Casa Sol 2010 at Millennium Park and Chinatown
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March 22, 2010


Hey everyone,

Fair Food Twin Cities is organizing a caravan from the Twin Cities to join
the Farmworker Freedom March in Florida (see below for more info)...anyone
interested in joining? Or know anyone who might be? We're exploring funding options now...


Fair Food Twin Cities is organizing a caravan to drive to the Farmworker
Freedom March with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) in Florida. The
march is April 16-18�the caravan will leave the Twin Cities on Thursday,
April 15 in the morning, and get back on Monday, April 19 in the evening. It
will cost $225-300 per person (including food, lodging, transportation and
everything), depending on how many people join us. If you would like to
join the march, please contact Brian Payne ASAP to reserve a spot for

For more information on the march, see the CIW website at:

For more information on the Twin Cities caravan, contact Brian Payne at
612-859-5750, or

National Farmworker Awareness Week is March 29-April 2!

Commemorating the March 31st birthday of the great labor leader Cesar Chavez, organizations across the country are hosting a week of action to bring attention to the plight of farmworkers in the United States. Through National Farmworker Awareness Week 2010, we celebrate 11 years of bringing together thousands of people to take action and raise awareness about the conditions of the men, women, and children who harvest our food. We take action to call for dignity now.

Farmworker advocates, religious leaders, students, labor activists, consumers and environmental health professionals will host rallies, marches, petition drives, panel discussions, film screenings and other events to recognize the vital contributions of agricultural workers to our economy.

Here at the University of MN, students in Chicano Studies class 3374, Migrant Farmworkers: Family, Work and Advocacy in collaboration with La Raza student cultural center will host a film series, an educational event in St. Paul and support the Dine with Dignity campaign as part of this year's actions. Contact Israel Pinner ( or Megan Hines ( for more informaton.

December 8, 2009

Saturday, Dec. 12 from 4-7pm.

"¿Quien es la Virgen de Guadalupe?" "Who is the Virgin of Guadalupe?"

November 6, 2009

Dia De Los Muertos Photos 2009

On Friday October 30th, the annual celebration of Dia de los muertos took place on campus beginning with the dedication of altars. The altars were located in Scott Hall, Appleby Hall and La Raza Cultural Student Center. Each of them were built by current Casa Sol students, Chicano Studies classes, and members of La Raza according to this year's theme of "Body Counts." Each group took an approach to interpreting the theme and choreographed their altar accordingly to honor those past and present Mexican-Americans who have sacrificed themselves and their bodies throughout history in various ways. After the procession and dedication, the dancers from Kalpulli KetzalCoatlicue performed outside Coffman Memorial Union. After the performance, students and observers enjoyed tamales and pan de muerto in La Raza. The event was a huge success and we had a great turn out this year. Thanks to all who participated and contributed to this year's event and hope to see you all next year!







October 20, 2009

Lunch with Faculty Featuring Dr. Lori Rodriguez 10/23/2009

La Raza Student Cultural Center invites you to a lunch meeting with new Chicano Studies faculty member Dr. Lori Rodriguez!

Friday, October 23rd
11:30 A.M.
La Raza - 211 Coffman Union

Please join us for an informal conversation with Dr. Lori Rodriguez over lunch that we will provide.

This event is free and open to the public so bring your friends!

Questions? Contact:
Edwing Bonfil at or
Jesús Estrada-Pérez at

September 18, 2009

Chicana/o Studies Student & Faculty at the State Fair 2009

Here are some pics of Chicana/o Studies Students and Faculty at the Minnesota State Fair!

At the State Fair

At the State Fair


April 16, 2009


Lisa Sass Zaragoza. The Department of Chicano Studies would like to congratulate Lisa Sass Zaragoza for winning the 2009 Outstanding Community Service Award from the University of Minnesota's Office for Public Engagement.

The award, established in 1999 by President Robert H. Bruininks, recognizes members of the University community who have devoted their time and talent to making substantial and enduring contributions to the community, to improving public life and to the well-being of society. Their contributions and accomplishments have resulted in long-term and lasting changes for the public good and demonstrate an unusual commitment to community engagement.

Lisa was nominated for her role in planning and establishing the Minnesota Network of Latinos in Higher Education.