Building a Better Future: The Latino and Puerto Rican Policy Agenda Summit

Contributed by Charles R. Venator-Santiago On January 20, 2024, we celebrated Connecticut’s first Latino and Puerto Rican Policy Summit. Our goal is to establish a comprehensive non-partisan agenda for the Latino community in Connecticut. The event was titled Building a Better Future: The Latino and Puerto Rican Policy Agenda Summit and was held at the […]

Congratulations to our Colleague Rodolfo Fernandez!

Contributed by Charles R. Venator-Santiago Please join us in celebrating our colleague Rodolfo Fernandez, who received two awards from the Provost’s Competition Common Curriculum Grant Competition to develop two TOI-3 (creativity) courses. The selection committee wrote that it “was very impressed with your proposal and voted for your course development.” Professor Fernandez will be developing a […]

Update on El Instituto’s Future

Contributed by Charles R. Venator-Santiago. As some of you may know, El Instituto has been asked to join in the creation of a new interdisciplinary department that seeks to combine all the Non-Departmental Units, including the American Studies Program, the Native American and Indigenous Studies Initiative, the Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program, the Africana […]

The Puerto Rican Studies Initiative

Contributed by Charles R. Venator-Santiago. Charles R. Venator-Santiago received a $210,000 grant from the Connecticut General Assembly to continue working on the Puerto Rican Studies Initiative during the 2023-2024 academic year. The Puerto Rican Studies Initiative for Community Engagement and Public Policy (PRSI) is a research initiative seeking to document and support Puerto Ricans’ vital economic, intellectual, […]

La Comunidad Intelectual

We look forward to collaborating with Professor H. Kenny Nienhusser, this year’s faculty director for La comunidad intelectual (LCI). LCI is excited to welcome approximately 22 first year and 15 continuing students to its vibrant learning community. The learning community has a leadership team composed of faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students. This year, the […]

Congratulations to Katerina Gonzalez Seligmann on Her 23-24 Humanities Institute fellowship!

Contributed by Charles R. Venator-Santiago. Congratulations to Katerina Gonzalez Seligmann on her 2023-24 academic year Humanities Institute fellowship! Katerina, an Associate Professor of Spanish Studies and past director of El Instituto (2022-2023), will bring a project entitled “Aimé Césaire and His Cuban Comrades in Art.” Katerina writes that the project “examines the relationships of solidarity and […]

Welcome our Newest Joint Faculty

Contributed by Lorena Solis. A Path to Social Justice I am an assistant professor of industrial/organizational (I/O) psychology at the Department of Psychology and a core faculty member at El Instituto. My research focuses on understanding the manifestation of inequality in organizations and institutions. Specifically, I study inequality within the context of workforce diversity. I […]

The Black Arrow: Poetic reflections on the U.S. naval base in Guantánamo

Contributed by Katerina Gonzalez Seligmann. The Black Arrow, a book of poems reflecting on the U.S. naval based in Guantánamo by José Ramón Sánchez Leyva that I translated with Esther Whitfield was recently released by Linkgua Ediciones. José Ramón Sánchez ventures into territory that few Cuban writers have approached: the naval base at Guantánamo Bay, […]

Outstanding Senior Women Academic Achievement Awardee: Heidi Pineda

Contributed by Katerina Gonzalez Seligmann and Anne Gebelein.  Congratulations to Heidi Pineda, senior in Latino & Latin American Studies, who has won the Outstanding Senior Women Academic Achievement Award. The dean’s office let us know that competition for this honor was exceptionally high, as they received nominations from across all 38 units in the College […]