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La Comunidad Intelectual Learning Community Presents Research at Virginia Tech Conference

By Dr. Diana I. Ríos, El Instituto and Communication For several years we have conducted a case study on La Comunidad Intelectual (LCI) using biography-of-work techniques. LCI co-directors and founders, Diana I. Ríos and Graciela-Quiñones-Rodríguez have led student co-authors toward successful conference submissions. In February 2020, LCI student leaders again figured prominently as core to […]

Graciela Mochkofsky Presents the 2019 Mead Lecture

Contributed by Samuel Martínez The 2019 Robert G Mead, Jr. Lecture was presented on 14 November 2019 by Graciela Mochkofsky, Director of the Spanish-language Journalism Program, Executive Director of the Center for Community and Ethnic Media, and Tow Professor at the CUNY Graduate Center. Professor Mochkofsky joined the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at […]

Multi-Media Artist Alejandro de la Guerra Year-Long Residence at UConn

Contributed by Samuel Martínez In February 2020, Alejandro de la Guerra, Nicaraguan artist and art teacher, began a planned year-long Artist Protection Fund Fellowship in residence at UConn’s School of Fine Arts. The main thematic point of reference of de la Guerra’s art is historical memory. Among his best-known works is the public sculpture/performance piece, […]

Former Instituto M.A. Student to Join APSA Committee

Yazmín García Trejo (MA ’07) has been appointed to the American Political Science Association Committee on the Status of Latinos and Latinas. She is a survey statistician and researcher at the US Census Bureau, Center for Survey Measurement, working with the language and cross cultural group on Census participation and Census knowledge among hard-to-count populations.  […]

The Vision of Expansion and Growth for La Comunidad Intelectual

By Felipe Sanches   Since the founding of La Comunidad Intelectual, the vision of the Learning Community has been to “recognize and critically examine Caribbean and Latin American cultures, customs and traditions as they exist at UConn and beyond… [and to] nurture intellectual diversity, inclusivity, and social activism.” As the only Latinx Learning Community on […]

Second Year Graduate Students Summer Update

Victoria Almodovar Contributed by Victoria Almodovar Coming into this program, my biggest interests were Latinx identity development and Latinx educational experiences in the United States. After some exploration of a variety of topics, I have chosen a research project that incorporates both of these interests. My project aims to explore the experiences of Latinas in […]

Daisy Reyes Embarks on Follow-up Research to Learning to Be Latino

By Genesis Carela In 2018 Daisy Verduzco Reyes, Ph.D, Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and El Instituto published Learning to be Latino: How Colleges Shape Identity Politics. In this book, she chronicles the identity formation process of Latinx students at three distinct higher education institutes in California (a liberal arts college, a research […]

Latinx Leadership Initiative Launched

Contributed by Samuel Martínez A new initiative in support of emerging student leaders involved with PRLAAC and La Comunidad Intelectual (LCI) First-Year Learning Community was announced at the Hispanic Heritage Month Alumni Meet & Greet reception, held at the Jorgensen Gallery Saturday, 21 September 2019. The event took place before that evening’s Gilberto Santa Rosa […]

Leigh Binford Talks about “Guest Worker” Programs

Contributed by Samuel Martínez Arthur (Leigh) Binford, UConn Anthropology PhD, and former professor at UConn-Hartford, University of Puebla (Mexico) and CUNY Staten Island, made the first “tertulia” luncheon seminar presentation of the 2019-20 academic year on Wednesday, 25 September 12:00-1:30PM, at El Instituto’s Ryan Building conference room. Dr Binford’s talk compared temporary migrant worker programs […]

Education in the Latinx Diaspora

Dr. Jason G. Irizarry’s (Associate Professor of Curriculum and Instruction and Faculty Associate of El Instituto) undergraduate course, Education in the Latinx Diaspora (LLAS 3998), critically explores the educational experiences and outcomes of Latinos, the largest and fastest growing “minoritized” group in U.S. schools. The curriculum and course assignments range from readings on LatCrit Theory, […]