May 1, 2014

Human Rights and Theater

Professor Luis Ramos-García
(Spanish Dept.)
Prof. Ramos-García has worked with many human rights organizations as well as theater groups. He will be discussing his most recent trip to Colombia.

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April 25, 2014

Creating Towards Utopia: An Evening of Art, Poetry, & Conversation

Friday, April 25th, 7-8pm
Cafe Southside in S. Minneapolis
Jessica Lopez Lyman's Chicana Studies Class proudly presents this event.

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April 1, 2014

Department Spring Gathering

Everyone is welcome to the Chicano & Latino Studies Spring Gathering. Come learn about our Summer & Fall courses, our major & minor, & community outreach opportunities; and meet faculty and staff. Lunch will be provided!

Friday, April 4th, 12-1:30pm, in Scott Hall, Commons Room 105

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October 28, 2013

Dia de los muertos - Day of The Dead Event

The Department of Chicano and Latino Studies, Casa Sol Living Learning Community, MCAE, and La Raza Student Cultural Center are

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April 23, 2013

2013 Un Paso al Futuro Graduation Event

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April 8, 2013

Apply for Department Scholarships

The Department of Chicano & Latino Studies has 3 scholarships. The Adelante Scholarship for

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March 25, 2013

National Farm Worker Awareness Week Events, March 26th-27th

To learn more about the week's educational activities, click the following link for a flyer and more information on the Fair Food Rally for farm workers at Wendy's Restaurant and the Cesar Chavez Blood Drive.


March 11, 2013

Chicano Studies & Casa Sol in the News

David Brauer recently wrote in MinnPost about his experiences in a Chicano and Latino Studies class with Casa Sol (a Latino Living/Learning community for 1st year students) students at the UMN.

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February 26, 2013

Thank You Letter for a Successful Mira Mi Corazon

The staff and faculty of Chicano & Latino Studies and the staff of El Colegio would like to thank everyone who attended the recent 2nd Annual Mira Mi Corazon fundraiser in support of Latino educational success.

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February 20, 2013

Thank You Picture for a Successful Mira Mi Corazon

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Thank You for a Successful Mira Mi Corazon


The staff and faculty of Chicano & Latino Studies and the staff of El Colegio would like to thank everyone who attended the recent 2nd Annual Mira Mi Corazon fundraiser in support of Latino educational success. We had a phenomenal turnout--with good food, people, and some beautiful art that illustrated la mente, corazón, y talento de nuestra gente (the mind, heart, & talent of our people). We raised almost $4,000 to support scholarships in Chicano and Latino Studies and programming at El Colegio! This event could not have been the successful if it wasn't for our dedicated staff, Lisa Sass Zaragoza, Emmanuel Ortiz, Viviana Galindo, and the many people at El Colegio who made this event such fun, including Executive Director, Norma Garces, Mitch Roldan, Irina Barrera, and Iran Mejia. Obviously, the event could not have been what it was if not for the beautiful artistic contributions of all those students, faculty, friends, and community members who gave us a little piece of their creative hearts to make the event a success!  We look forward to seeing you at next year's event!

İGracias a todos!
Louis Mendoza, Department Chair

January 20, 2013

Scholarship Fundraiser, Mira Mi Corazón

Create & donate an artistic heart to represent what education means to you OR buy these artistic hearts.

If you wish to make a heart, please fill out the form at the following link: Mira Mi Corazón.


Go to the fundraiser at El Colegio Charter School, 5:30pm,  Friday, February 15th. The event features food, drinks, & music by a DJ, followed by the silent auction at 6pm. Admission is $5.

August 29, 2012


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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February 22, 2012

Rogelio Saenz ppt on Latino Demographics

Look at this informative ppt delivered by R. Saenz at his recent visit to Chicano Studies:
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February 13, 2012

Trader Joe's Signs With CIW. Pressure pivots to Publix

Congratulations to the Coalition of Immokolee Workers. Read more about the farmworkers tireless campaign:

November 15, 2011

Film and discussion

Precious Knowledge Flier.pdf

Precious Knowledge-Arizona's battle over Ethnic Studies illustrates what motivates Tucson High School students and teachers to form the front line of an epic civil rights battle--the heart of which is the Mexican-American Studies program in Tuscon's high schools. An alumni from the Mexican-American Studies program and one of the film's editors will present the film and lead the discussion afterwards. Come hear why AZ lawmakers are trying to shut down the program and why culturally relevant curriculum and teachers matter.

September 13, 2011

Welcome from the Chair

I hope everyone's return to campus has gone smooth and that all friends, students, staff and faculty are feeling energized by the beginning of what is sure to be an exciting new year.
As we launch our year-long celebration of the establishment of the Department of Chicano Studies we believe we have an exciting lineup of activities to commemorate and celebrate that we continue to protect and expand the legacy of Chicano Studies that was started 40 years ago.

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June 28, 2011

Best Essay in Chicano Studies winner! Felicidades Idalia!

At this year's Latina/o graduation ceremony, the department awarded a $500 scholarship for the Best Essay in Chicano Studies to Idalia Robles De León for her essay, "Las hijas de NAFTA: The Effects of Transnational Economic Policy on the (Me)Xican@ Community."

¡Felicidades, Idalia!

Read her Essay! Robles-LasHijasDeNAFTA.pdf

February 24, 2011

New videos!

Check out this video made by students who traveled to the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas to better understand the everyday realities of people who live, work and travel through the region.
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February 22, 2011

Job talks March 2-10

Stay tuned for more details as we warmly welcome four candidates for job talks between March 2-10. All talks will be from 3:30-4:45 in Walter Library. Candidates and their respective talk titles, will be announced soon.

December 10, 2010

Spring 2011 Course!


Want to learn about the Chicano experience in the Midwest and contribute to more knowledge on the topic? Join us!

Learn about activism and help document the history of campus and community engagement on the part of local Chicano activists. Your class project can make a difference!

November 3, 2010

Special Topics Course

Spring 2011, the Department of Chicano Studies will be offering a special topics course taught by visiting scholar Yolanda Padilla. Check it out!

Chic 3900 - The Mexican Revolution in the Greater Mexican Imagination
2:30 - 3:45, TTh

The Mexican Revolution was one of a small number of monumental social, political, and cultural movements that shaped the twentieth century. While critics normally date the war between 1910-1920, it continues to be a key reference point for writers, artists, filmmakers, politicians, and cultural critics on both sides of the border into the present day.

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October 14, 2010

Chicano Studies Fall Gathering

Tuesday, October 19th
12:00 - 1:00 pm
Scott Hall Commons (Room 105)

Please join our Department faculty, staff, and students for this lunchtime gathering. Learn more about the Chicano Studies major and minor, meet others in the Department, and enjoy free food. All current and prospective students are welcome!

September 29, 2010

¡Fall Welcome 2010!

It is fall semester 2010 and we welcome everyone to the Department of Chicano Studies in Scott Hall on the East Bank. Whether you are new to campus or very familiar to campus and the University of MN, we invite you to stop by the office to meet our great staff and faculty, peruse our list of classes being offered or become involved in our many outreach programs and options.

This fall already has already and will continue to prove to be a very full and exciting time in Chicano Studies. Classes began September 7th and as a department, we are running 12 courses-most of which are full or close to full. Casa Sol, the Living Learning Community began it's 6th year with the biggest class ever and we continue to work with youth and families in the K-12 through our four community partners, in addition to our work with other Latino- centric groups and non-profits.

2010 recognizes the 100th Anniversary of the Mexican Revolution and the 200th Anniversary of Mexican Independence. While the work of Chicano Studies focuses on the lived reality and experiences of Chican@s and Latin@ in the US, certainly there is an intimate connection with Mexico and we are proud to partner with the Mexican Consulate for various activities and programs, including a joint Grito Para Educaccion.

Stop by-estas en tu casa~

Department of Chicano Studies

June 1, 2010

10th and 11th Graders win 2010 Sembrando Una Semilla Award

High school students from Chicano Studies' partners Edison High School, El Colegio y La Escuelita won the 2010 Sembrando Una Semilla Award presented at this year's graduation ceremony, Paso Al Futuro. Congratulations!

This year was the first year the Department ran an after school ACT prep program in south Minneapolis. Students who enrolled in the course attended a 2 hour, weekly ACT preparatory class. The goal was to increase their scores on the ACT, a national college entrance exam.

The Sembrando Una Semilla Award is presented annually by the graduation committee to the individual, group, or organization whose effort embodies the collective aspirations of our community. We are proud of the ACT prep program youth and know they will continue to develop and grow their leadership now and into the future.

May 25, 2010

Thank You!

The Department of Chicano Studies would like to thank everyone who made the 2009-2010 events and campus visits possible. Thank you for all the support and hard work!

February 1, 2010

Border life on the Texas-Mexico Divide

This new course, CHIC3900, looks to understand issues impacting people who live, work and travel in the border area between the United States and Mexico.

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