Department of Africana and Latino Studies

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Founded in 1970, the Africana and Latino Studies Department is one of a handful in the United States which integrates and maintains the intersections of Black and Latino Studies. We also remain steadfast in our concern for social justice, upon which the fields were founded. 

Originally conceived as a way to foster a humane appreciation of the cultures of Africana and Latino peoples previously excluded from curricula, the current ALS curriculum and its faculty's research reflect many of the issues now facing people of color on a global scale--poverty, environmental racism, poor access to education, gender violence. Our program is ever evolving, incorporating into our courses new scholarship from critical race studies, social theory, gender-sexuality studies, borderlands, and political economy. 

Our teacher-scholars practice what they teach and research. Our social engagement includes projects on-and-off campus, local and global, such as refugee & asylum assistance, consultancy with democracy & governance issues, the union movement, LGBTQ advocacy, and immigrant rights work.

The Africana and Latino Studies Department seeks to ground students in the multiple know-ledges that African descended people embrace. Through a wide variety of courses ALS is concerned to understand how Africana peoples have shaped and been shaped by the course of world history. 
Praxis : Gender & Cultural Critiques

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