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Dr. Eric Gonzalez Juenke named exemplary mentor

Dr. Eric Gonzalez Juenke named exemplary mentor

October 27, 2021

CLS Core Faculty Dr. Eric Gonzalez Juenke was presented with the Adaljiza Sosa-Riddell Mentor Award by the APSA Committee on the Status of Latinos y Latinas in the Profession to recognize the exemplary mentoring of Latino y Latina students and junior faculty each year. The award is named in honor of Adaljiza Sosa-Riddell, the first Latina to earn a PhD in political science.

Diversity Torch: Brenda Pilar-Ayala

Diversity Torch: Brenda Pilar-Ayala

September 23, 2021 - Liz Schondelmayer

Brenda Pilar-Ayala is a senior majoring in Psychology and Political Science Pre-law, and minoring in Chicano-Latino Studies, Educational Studies and Leadership in Integrated Learning. Born in Mexico City, Brenda grew up in Lansing and came to Michigan State University in 2017, where she has since exemplified the Spartan spirit of working hard, giving back and helping others - earning her a spot on MSU's 2021 homecoming court.

Stephany Bravo named PAGE Fellow

Stephany Bravo named PAGE Fellow

September 21, 2021

Stephany Bravo, a dual-degree PhD student in Chicano/Latino Studies and English, has been selected for Imaging America's Publicly Active Graduate Education (PAGE) Fellowship, a program that provides graduate students in the field of humanities, arts, and design with collaborative professional opportunities.

“Decolonizing” Curriculum and Pedagogy: A Comparative Review Across Disciplines and Global Higher Education Contexts

“Decolonizing” Curriculum and Pedagogy: A Comparative Review Across Disciplines and Global Higher Education Contexts

September 17, 2021 - Riyad A. Shahjahan

Dr. Riyad A. Shahjahan, CLS Core Faculty and Associate Professor of Higher, Adult & Lifelong Education, has published research that critically analyzed multidisciplinary literature to define what "decolonizing" means in context of curriculum and pedagogy; how decolonization can occur; and what are the limitations and complexities in incorporating decolonization into higher education.

Student view: Stepping out from the shadows

Student view: Stepping out from the shadows

September 15, 2021 - Brenda Pilar

Brenda Pilar is a senior majoring in psychology and political science: pre-law in the College of Social Science. Pilar is minoring in Chicano/Latino studies, educational studies and leadership in integrated learning. She is a Bailey Scholar and a member of the 2021-22 Homecoming Court.

Testimonios and Turntables: Claiming Our Narratives through Sound and Space

Testimonios and Turntables: Claiming Our Narratives through Sound and Space

September 2, 2021

CLS Dual Major students Stephany Bravo and Vanessa Aguilar have published "Testimonios and Turntables: Claiming Our Narratives through Sound and Space" in Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy.

Welcome to the Chicano-Latino Studies Program

Welcome to the Chicano-Latino Studies Program

September 1, 2021 - Dr. Isabel Ayala

CLS Director Isabel Ayala has a message for all new and returning members of the CLS community.

Stephany Bravo named a Fellow of the Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive Program (CDIP)

Stephany Bravo named a Fellow of the Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive Program (CDIP)

July 30, 2021

Stephany Bravo, Dual Major PhD in English and Chicano/Latino Studies, has been named a Fellow for the California State University Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive Program.

Brenda Pilar-Ayala named to MSU Homecoming Court

Brenda Pilar-Ayala named to MSU Homecoming Court

July 9, 2021

CLS minor Brenda Pilar-Ayala has been selected as an MSU Homecoming Court representative. Brenda is one of 10 seniors chosen to represent the diversity and richness of the MSU experience and to serve as exceptional role models and Spartan ambassadors.

CLS student, faculty receive Student Leadership Awards

CLS student, faculty receive Student Leadership Awards

May 14, 2021

CLS Graduate Certificate Student Amanda Flores earned the Graduate Student Leader Award and Dr. Patricia Marin was named the Walter Adams Advisor of the Year.

Dual PhD student Vanessa Aguilar awarded pre-dissertation research funding

Dual PhD student Vanessa Aguilar awarded pre-dissertation research funding

May 12, 2021

Vanessa, a doctoral student in English and Chicano/Latino Studies, is researching how women in New Galicia sought relief in spiritual practices and magic to put social justice into their own hands.

CLS Core Faculty Dr. Erin Graham receives ISS Teaching Award

CLS Core Faculty Dr. Erin Graham receives ISS Teaching Award

April 30, 2021 - Karessa Weir

As an Assistant Professor of History and Core Faculty in Chicano/Latino Studies Program, Dr. Graham explores labor, migration, and gender in Latin America, with a specific focus on Mexico and the U.S.-Mexico borderlands.

Latinx Listening Space

Latinx Listening Space

March 31, 2021

MSU CAPS invites you to join this inclusive, non-judgmental virtual space for sharing, listening, connecting, processing and healing. Issues within the Latinx community and Latinx experience will be shared.

Writing a Dissertation During a Pandemic: A Blog

Writing a Dissertation During a Pandemic: A Blog

March 30, 2021 - Dianey Leal, Amanda Flores, Christian Ramirez

On February 24, the Chicano/Latino Studies Program at Michigan State University invited us to participate on a panel to reflect on our different perspectives, challenges, and strategies as we navigated the dissertation journey. During the panel, we shared our personal stories and hoped that this space would provide a sense of community for us and others who were also writing their dissertations or would be starting on this journey soon. Although we chose to not record the panel (given the nature of the topic and our desire to be honest and transparent about our challenges), we also understood how important this conversation was for so many and decided to share our perspectives through this blog.

Factors and Interventions that Foster Success of Latinx Students in Public Community Colleges

Factors and Interventions that Foster Success of Latinx Students in Public Community Colleges

February 22, 2021

Rosaura Dominguez-Rebollar, dual major PhD in CLS and Psychology, just published a manuscript in the Journal of Hispanic Higher Education with co-author Ignacio D. Acevedo-Polakovich, PhD entitled Factors and Interventions that Foster Success of Latinx Students in Public Community Colleges

CLS PhD student presents her research on adventure therapy with latinx youth

CLS PhD student presents her research on adventure therapy with latinx youth

November 25, 2020

CLS Graduate Student Esther Ayers has presented her research at the 2020 AEE Symposium for Experiential Education Research.

Diana Rivera shares Latino art from the 1930s

Diana Rivera shares Latino art from the 1930s

November 23, 2020

CLS Librarian Emerita and Core Faculty member Diana Rivera shares Latino art dating back to the 1930s.

MSU Artists Earn Two Latin Grammy Nominations

MSU Artists Earn Two Latin Grammy Nominations

October 20, 2020

MSU Music Professor Dr. Ricardo Lorenz, a Chicano/Latino Studies Core Faculty Member, has been nominated for Best Classical Album and Best Classical Composition in the Latin Grammy Awards for his album King Mangoberry.

Beyond Enrollment and Graduation: Examining Strategic Plans from Hispanic-Serving Institutions from Texas

Beyond Enrollment and Graduation: Examining Strategic Plans from Hispanic-Serving Institutions from Texas

October 9, 2020

CLS PhD student Dianey Leal and CLS Graduate Certificate student Amanda Flores have published their research in the Journal of Latinos and Education.

Hispanic and Latino students encouraged to apply for 2020-2021 Future Leaders Scholarship

September 25, 2020

The Hispanic Latino Commission (HLCOM) announced they are now accepting applications for the 2020-2021 Future Leaders Scholarship program. HLCOM is offering $35,000 in scholarships to higher-education students of Hispanic/Latino descent currently enrolled in a Michigan-based college, university or other recognized higher education institutions.

Cesar Chavez’s legacy at MSU How the celebrated activist’s influence lives on

Cesar Chavez’s legacy at MSU How the celebrated activist’s influence lives on

September 22, 2020 - Layne Cameron

"The current Chicano/Latino Studies Program was the result of work, actions, meetings, negotiations and planning by students, faculty and university administrators, many of whom knew or grew up knowing about Chavez and Huerta's work," said Diana Rivera, Chicano Studies Librarian Emerita.

Diversity Champion: Dr. Ignacio Acevedo-Polakovich

Diversity Champion: Dr. Ignacio Acevedo-Polakovich

September 15, 2020

Dr. Ignacio Acevedo-Polakovich is an associate professor of psychology at MSU and a core faculty member of Chicano/Latino Studies. Specializing in community psychology, Dr. Acevedo-Polakovich is the founder and director of the Community-Academic Innovation and Dissemination (Community-AID) lab, which studies ways to support the success and well-being of families and youth of all backgrounds.

Learn more about CLS!

Learn more about CLS!

August 28, 2020

Interested in learning more about the Chicano/Latino Studies program? Check out this informative video!

CLS Core Faculty Dr. Yomaira Figueroa receives tenure

CLS Core Faculty Dr. Yomaira Figueroa receives tenure

June 26, 2020

MSU's Chicano/Latino Studies Program would like to congratulate CLS Core Faculty Dr. Yomaira Figueroa, Associate Professor of English, on receiving tenure! Well deserved!

Taking Care of your Self This Summer: A Care Kit for You

Taking Care of your Self This Summer: A Care Kit for You

May 19, 2020

CAPS is reaching out to provide you a (virtual) point of connection combining basic wellness strategies, coping skills, resources for dealing with loss, and tips to find meaning and motivation along the way.

Supporting Faculty During & After COVID-19: Don't Let Go of Equity

Supporting Faculty During & After COVID-19: Don't Let Go of Equity

May 19, 2020 - Leslie D. Gonzales

Dr. Leslie Gonzales has recently published a technical report on COVID-19 and supporting faculty. Dr. Gonzales is core faculty of Chicano/Latino Studies and Associate Professor in Higher, Adult and Lifelong Learning.

Director Isabel Ayala named a Academic Leadership Program Fellow

Director Isabel Ayala named a Academic Leadership Program Fellow

April 23, 2020

Maria Isabel Ayala, Associate Professor, Sociology and Director, Chicano/Latino Studies Program, College of Social Science has been named a 2020-2021 Academic Leadership Program Fellow.

CLS announces courses available for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021

April 13, 2020

Chicano/Latino Studies is happy to announce the full roster of courses available for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021.

Latest Update on the COVID-19 response by MSU

March 16, 2020

All classes and instruction will continue to be offered in virtual settings through the conclusion of the semester, including finals. May 2020 Commencement is postponed.

MSU moves to online courses only until April 20

March 11, 2020

Effective at noon March 11, MSU is suspending face-to-face instruction in classroom settings and moving to virtual instruction. We are continuing to work with faculty and staff on laboratory and performance classes, and the university will provide additional guidance. This suspension of in-person classes will last until April 20.

MSU strives to keep community safe and informed on coronavirus

MSU strives to keep community safe and informed on coronavirus

February 28, 2020

As the university continues to actively monitor the coronavirus outbreak and various media and organizations are discussing its spread internationally and domestically, our goal is to continue keeping campus informed on the university’s response and proactive efforts. It is important to note that there are still no confirmed cases of coronavirus in the state of Michigan.

Vanessa Aguilar presents her research at 2020 CLACS Conference

Vanessa Aguilar presents her research at 2020 CLACS Conference

February 26, 2020

Chicano/Latino Studies PhD student Vanessa Aguilar presented her pre-dissertation research titled, "Excavating: Curanderismo in the Archive" at the 2020 CLACS Conference, a project sponsored by CLS and CLACS Tinker Grant.

Abstracts open for 11th Annual La Academia del Pueblo

Abstracts open for 11th Annual La Academia del Pueblo

February 25, 2020

La Academia del Pueblo, an annual academic forum hosted by the Wayne State University’s Center for the Latino/a and Latin American Studies, seeks to establish mutually beneficial connections between the academy, engaged citizens and urban communities.

New Website launched for Undocumented Students

New Website launched for Undocumented Students

January 24, 2020

MSU's Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives announces the launch of a website that will provide information and resources for undocumented students, refugees and recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

Dr. Eva Palma-Ramirez defends her dissertation

Dr. Eva Palma-Ramirez defends her dissertation

January 3, 2020

Congratulations to Dr. Eva Palma-Ramirez who successfully defended her dissertation in Chicano/Latino Studies.

Christian Ramirez's research to be published in Rio Bravo: A Journal of the Borderlands

January 3, 2020

Christian Ramirez's research to be published in Rio Bravo: A Journal of the Borderlands