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Latina & Latino Studies Program

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Why Latinx Studies?


While our program and its students benefit from the rich Latino cultures and communities that reside and flourish in Chicago, the program also delves into the experiences of Latino communities nationwide. Our courses may discuss the realities of Puerto Rican and Mexican communities in Chicago, second-generation Dominicans in New York, or generations of Mexican Americans in Houston.

Our curriculum engages in the productive tension between the common interests and differences affecting U.S Latina and Latinos. Students may expect to explore such commonalities/ differences in areas such as social movements, transnationalism, electoral politics, expressive cultures, race and comparative processes of racialization, immigration, queer theory, and gender and sexuality. Our classes are diverse in content, teaching methods, and student body.

In order to engage students in discussions outside of a classroom setting, our program hosts panel discussions, movie screenings, and lectures from visiting speakers and experts of the field of Latino and Latina studies. The Latina and Latino Studies Program is committed to enhancing a student’s critical thinking, analytical skills, and community involvement skills.

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NU Latinx Faculty and Staff Statement in support of Black NU community


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LLSP Faculty Response to President Schapiro's October 19th Email


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"Look to the local to understand the ‘complex’ Latino vote"

Newly published Los Angeles Times Op-Ed by LLSP Prof. Michael Rodríguez-Muñiz along w/ Dr. Cristina Mora provides an important focus to local and national Latinx-led voter projects and community work in relation to electoral results. Check out the publication here:

"How did a president who has continually maligned immigrants grow his portion of Latino voters?"

Prof. Gerry Cadava engages this question in this Atlantic article:

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