“Being in community brings a sense of comfort”
My name is Clara Martinez and I work in Tykeson College and Career Advising. I have two roles, one as a public policy, society, and identity academic and career advisor and the pre-law coordinator. I am proud to identify as Guatemalan and part of the Mayan Akateko Indigenous group.
I see Latinx Heritage Month as an opportunity to celebrate the diversity, resilience, and beauty of the community. Latinx Heritage Month is celebrated from September 15 to October 15. It officially became a federal celebration in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week and was expanded to a month in 1988. The time was chosen because it is the anniversary of independence for countries such as Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Mexico, and Chile.
One of my favorite ways to celebrate the month is by attending events on and off campus. One year that stands out to me is 2019. I remember running into colleagues attending a Fiesta Cultural event and seeing another colleague perform at an event in Springfield. Those moments stand out and being in community brings a sense of comfort.
With COVID-19 pausing last year’s in-person celebrations, I missed being around folx, but we still continued to support one another virtually. Not only for Heritage Month, but into the school year. One space I think about is the Latinx Strategies Group. We continued to meet and check in with one another. I am looking forward to when we can attend in-person events and to see the community grow more on campus.
Students Angel Escorcia-Nunez and Jennifer Beltran spoke with Apryl Jackson about their experiences being Latinx on campus.
The first year of the Latinx Studies program was a success, with 20 students from various majors declaring the new minor and the creation of an undergraduate experiential learning fellowship in Latinx Studies. As part of this program, three undergraduates were awarded stipends of $2000 or $4000 to work on guided research projects supervised by faculty who teach in the program. We also partnered with the Undergraduate Research Symposium to offer awards to three students who presented work related to Latinx Studies at the spring event. We also offered three events open to the university and alumni community via Zoom. Together, these new programs and partnerships set the stage for Latinx Studies to become a high-profile program that will continue to grow.
- Audrey Lucero, Director, Latinx Studies
Latinx Alumni in the Spotlight
Perla Alvarez Lucio graduated in 2017 with a BA in ethnic studies. She now works as the executive Director of Oregon Voice in Portland, Oregon using the skills needed to be a community organizer while at the UO.
Brandt Hamilton ’14, a first-generation Mexican-American, graduated from the UO School of Journalism and Communication with an emphasis on advertising.
He transformed his college standup into writing for comedy legends like Tina Fey, Robert Carlock, and Mike Judge.
The Patos Alumni Network is open to all and celebrates our common experiences at the university. The network also promotes, educates, and celebrates the diversity of our heritage, including providing support in recruitment and retaining of students from our communities.
“A new UO study, which was recently shared with the U.S. secretary of labor, shows that COVID-19 has caused long-term economic, social, physical and mental health challenges for farmworkers in Oregon.
Professor Lynn Stephen, a Philip H. Knight Chair in anthropology and Distinguished Professor of Arts and Sciences, helped lead the study and, specifically, the examination of farmworkers' mental health.” Read more (and link to article)
From Disposability to Collective Care: Experiences of Migrant Essential Workers during the COVID-19 Pandemic by Lola Loustaunau, PhD candidate, Department of Sociology
“Under COVID-19, food processing workers have faced losing their jobs and their income or continuing working despite the risk. Those who got sick found that navigating the systems to access either company-specific relief or public assistance was complex and that the personnel in charge of aiding them also lacked key information to help them properly.”
Campus Support Systems
”The Latinx Strategy Group (LSG) is an emerging alliance of faculty, staff, students, and community members collaborating to improve educational access and equity among Latin@ students at UO and in the local area.”
Anna Nguyen recently interviewed members of the various campus strategies groups, including the LSG.
Excerpt from the interview:
What would you like people to know about the Latinx Strategies Group?
We would like people to know that the work of empowering our communities on campus, as the Latinx Strategies Group (LSG), is an extension of over 500 years of cultural survival. In 1521, Spanish forces captured the Aztec city of Tenochtitlan. The impacts of colonization were hemispheric and forever changed what we now call the “Americas.” What has been on many of our members’ minds, during the COVID-19 pandemic, is that in 1521 Indigenous peoples faced diseases in a pandemic throughout their lands. This has been at the forefront of our thoughts because 500 years later we are navigating life in a new pandemic. We are balancing remote work and supporting our students who have been heavily impacted by COVID.
Comunidad de Latinx Scholars: “The Latinx (Latina/Latino) Academic Residential Community provides an opportunity for Latinx scholars to explore connections and build community; to be a part of a network of culturally sensitive faculty members, administrators, and fellow students; and find courses that support Latinx-themed studies or Latinx identity.”
CLLAS – Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies - “…puts the study of Latino/a and Latin American communities in conversation with one another and with the state of Oregon. A knowledge center dedicated to public access and excellence through the integration of teaching, research, community engagement and dissemination.”
The College of Educations’ Spanish Specialization is designed to enhance preexisting linguistic and multicultural competencies, and increase cultural understanding of US Spanish-speaking populations.
Students learn to critically assess the unique social, historical, political, and cultural contexts that shape the experiences of Latinos in the United States.
Particular attention is given to conditions of social injustice and inequity, and how these conditions influence the health and well-being of Latinx Spanish-speaking communities although these are just a few of the many goals and competencies the program aims to deliver.
The university is committed to promoting the safety, well-being, and success of Dreamers while maintaining their confidentiality and identity. We use the term “Dreamers” to refer to those who are undocumented, participate in DACA, receive tuition equity, or from families with mixed immigration status.
Student immigration status greatly impacts the Latinx community, as well as other communities, most notably many Asian and Middle Eastern communities.
Tiempo Suspendido | Suspended Time
By: Myrna Báez and Norma Vila Rivero
Jordan Schnitizer Museum of Art
August 14, 2021 to January 01, 2022
The work of Myrna Báez (Puerto Rican, 1931-2018) and Norma Vila Rivero (Puerto Rican, born 1982) is a poetic meditation on the relationship between figure and landscape in Puerto Rico, a place where identity and nature are closely connected.
Silkscreen and woodcut prints by Báez and new photographs by Vila Rivero present dramatic vistas charged with presence, absence, and memory. Images of stillness and solitude explore the psychological significance of the island’s natural environment and its imprint on the body
2021 LatinX Heritage Month Events
Latinx Studies/Indigenous, Race and Ethnic Studies
See a full list and further informationhere.
Fall 2021ES 254
|Laura Pulido||Intro to Chicanx and Latinx Studies|
|Fall 2021ES 621||Ernesto Javier Martínez||Queer Latinx Literature/Culture|
Spring 2022ES 254
|Ernesto Javier Martínez||Intro to Chicanx and Latinx Studies|
Latin American Studies Fall 2021
See a full list and further information here.
|LAS 400M||Indigenous Wm/Latin Am|
|SPAN 343||Hispanic Cul Lit III|
|SPAN 344||Hispanic Cul Lit IV|
|HIST 380||Latin America|
|ANTH 329||Immigrat & Farmworkers|
|ANTH 400M||Indigenous Wm/Latin Am|
|ENG 243||Int Chicano/Latino Lit|
|HIST 248||Latinos in Americas|
|HIST 380||Latin America|
|HIST 383||Soccer & Soci Latin Am|
|HIST 407||Sem Cold War Lat Amer|
|HIST 483||Top Sex & Honor Lat Am|
|MUS 394||Top Latin Jazz Ensembl|
|SPAN 218||Latino Heritage I|
|SPAN 301||Identidades Hispanas|
|SPAN 303||Expresiones Artisticas|
|SPAN 305||Cambios Sociales|
|SPAN 308||Comunidades Bilingues|
|SPAN 312||Spanish in the Media|
|SPAN 407||Sem Caribbean Crossings|