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Director's Message

We begin the 2020-2021 academic year facing unprecedented circumstances: a global pandemic, reckoning with structural and institutional racism, and a President in office who has spent much of his first term in office, and has based his current campaign on, denigrating Latin American immigrants. The beginning of the school year will also look a lot different, with only some of us returning to campus. First-year and second-year students, we look forward to welcoming you back in winter 2021.

 In this context, the work of the Latina and Latino Studies Program is as urgent as ever. Members of our community research, write, and teach about the devastating toll of the virus on Latinx communities, how to act in solidarity with Black communities that have been targets of violence, voter suppression, and social marginalization, how our communities have also experienced the same patterns, and the historical roots of all of these injustices.

 One main goal this year will be to work together to face these realities, in order to bring about change at Northwestern and in Chicago, the United States, the Americas, and the world. Another main goal will to be to focus inward, to talk about how we can take care of one another, how we can use this opportunity to have conversations about how we can build Latinx Studies at Northwestern for the future.

 With the Asian American Studies Program, we’ll issue calls for applications to receive undergraduate, graduate, and faculty fellowships, through the Mellon Foundation grant awarded to the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences. We look forward to reading your proposals, and we hope they will in some way speak to how we can tie together all parts of our community.

 Please keep in touch with us. Explore our course offerings, and enroll in our classes. Reach out to us if you need our support. Come to us with your ideas about how we can strengthen our community. Most importantly, take care of yourselves, and each other.  

Geraldo Cadava, Director

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