Latino/Latin American Studies

The Latino/Latin American Studies minor consists of 20 credits of interdisciplinary coursework. This study of the Americas is appropriate for all students, especially those majoring in History, Hispanic Studies, Political Science, Sociology, Theology, and Global Business.

Spring 2021 Series: Anti-Racism in the Americas

LLAS 270
Students who plan to attend all events may register for LLAS 270: Readings in Latino/Latin American Studies. This can be taken for either one or zero credits, on an S/U basis. Registrants for LLAS 270 will receive 1 academic credit if they attend all events and collaborate on a community project. Students may also choose to register for 0 credits, which only requires attendance of events. Interested students should contact Dr. Bruce Campbell, Director of the Latino/Latin American Studies program, at [email protected]

Spring 2021 Webinar Series

Zoom Workshop on Anti-Oppression and Restorative Justice in Action: Radical Hospitality as the Intersection: A Community Mural Project

Thursday, January 28, 7:00-8:30 PM (Note time change!)

Student-led community JUSTICE mural in process, 2018

Co-sponsored with Intercultural and International Student Services. This is our kick-off event for both the LLAS event series and for the design process for a mural for Intercultural and International Student Services.

More info here.

"Race is About How You're Treated: Afro-Latina Girls Naming their Blackness"
Jomaira Salas Pujols
Wednesday, March 17, 2021 @7pm (CST)

Whenever conversations of race and Blackness emerge on social media, it is only a matter of minutes before someone exclaims, "Dominicans don't know they're Black!" But what are the contexts upon which visibly-Black young people learn to deny their Blackness? What is the role of anti-Blackness and mestizaje on Latinx identity formation? And what are the spaces where a different kind of Latinx identity can emerge, one where young Afro-Latinxs embrace and affirm their Black identity?

Jomaira Salas Pujols is a doctoral candidate in the department of sociology at Rutgers University, where she uses qualitative methods to study race, place, education, and Black girlhood. Her dissertation examines the consequences of movement on Black girls' perceptions of self, their identities, and their worlds. Tracing the Black identity development of Afro-Latina girls, Jomaira is especially interested in interrogating how homes, schools, social media, and community-based educational spaces produce different forms of racial and ethnic identities among high school-aged Black girls. Jomaira is also a youth worker, community-based facilitator, and founding member of the Black Latinas Know Collective. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation and published by the Youth & Society journal.

53rd Annual Conference of the North Central Council of Latin Americanists (NCCLA):

"Racism, Pandemics, and Other Struggles for Latinxs and Latin America"

An Interdisciplinary Conference

April 18-19, 2021

The world changed dramatically in 2020. COVID continues to ravage across the world, and it has been especially impactful in Latin America and among the Latinxs community in the United States. The murder of George Floyd by a police officer in Minneapolis brought a racial reckoning in the United States, and the debates about racism and anti-racism have direct repercussions for the Latinx community in the United States as well as in Latin American countries where racism and state violence are commonplace. With these two issues in mind, conference panels and participants will address the pandemic as well as issues related to racism and anti-racism action in the Latinx community and in Latin America. Panels will include CSB/SJU students and faculty across several disciplines. Fully remote.

The video recording of the keynote speech by Dr. Gladys Mitchell-Walthour can be found here.

For more information, see our Spring Series Poster.