UndocuPeer: Dismantling Barriers within Higher Ed

The UndocuPeer training is a two-hour virtual interactive program facilitated by currently and formerly undocumented students that focuses on increasing educators, counselors, and administrators’ knowledge and skills for supporting undocumented students and advocating for institutional changes to ensure access, safety, and belonging for all students regardless of immigration status. Developed by undocumented students, trainers provide […]

La Colectiva Virtual Conversation

Contributed by Alonso Velásquez El Instituto graduate students Nina Vásquez and Génesis Carela, together with UConn Political Science doctoral student Luis Beltrán-Alvarez and University of Oregon Philosophy doctoral student Rosa O’Connor-Acevedo, organized a virtual event on December 15, 2020, “Whose Heritage? What Heritage? Caribbean Black and Decolonial Feminist Confrontations against White and Heteropatriarchal Supremacies.” This […]

El Instituto MA Student Researches Indigenous Language Survival in Colombian Amazon

Contributed by Oxana Sidorova As a fulfilment for my master’s thesis requirement in Latina/o and Latin American Studies, I am doing a research on indigenous language maintenance and the importance of language for cultural identity among the Coreguaje people of Colombia’s Amazonas region.[1] Additionally, I am collaborating with Coreguaje people in examining access to higher […]

Mark Healey Wins SCHARP Award

Contributed by Alonso Velásquez Professor Mark Healey, Faculty Affiliate of El Instituto and the History Department’s Head, has been awarded a $50,000 Scholarship and Collaboration in Humanities and Arts Research (SCHARP) Breakthrough Award. The co-PI on the award is Tom Scheinfeldt, Professor of Digital Media and Design. According to the submitted proposal, the goal is […]

Instituto MA Student Researches Takeover Program in Providence Schools

Contributed by Genesis Carela My research explores the Providence Public School District (PPSD) takeover in Rhode Island. Takeovers are an extreme version of accountability policies which impose a new governance structure with the aim of remedying financial mismanagement of school districts and improving academic outcomes for students. Takeovers occur when the mayor or governor strips […]

“Rise of the Latinx Vote”

Contributed by Alonso Velásquez On October 7, 2020, El Instituto co-sponsored a roundtable discussion “Rise of the Latinx Vote,” with the Connecticut Democracy Center (Old State House). This virtual event was co-organized by CDC events organizer, Mariana García, and El Instituto’s Director, Samuel Martínez. Moderated by UConn Political Science/El Instituto Associate Professor Charles Venator, the […]

Instituto MA Alumni Win Fellowship to Promote Campus Latinx Dialogues

Latinx and Latin American Studies MA graduates, Pauline Batista and Lauren Pérez-Bonilla (now doctoral students in UCONN Geography and Education, respectively), together with History doctoral student Claudio Daflon, have been awarded an Initiative on Campus Dialogs (ICD) Fellowship to develop a year-long project, “Vamos!” Vamos! seeks to gather UConn’s growing Latinx population within a space […]