Welcome to Latina/o Studies Program at the University of Wyoming! This is a very exciting time, as the new academic year is well underway. We welcome all the students, staff, and faculty to learn more about the program's mission, our history, our courses, and our active relationship with the local community.
I am truly honored to serve as the new, and the fourth, UW Director of Latina/o Studies. It is a position that I take very seriously. This year, the University of Wyoming Chicano Studies Program will, hence forth, be known as Latina/o Studies Program. I am looking forward to starting a new chapter by expanding both the name and the mission of our program in recognition of the unity and diversity of U.S. Latina/o populations. Latina/os represent the largest group of citizens in this country, and as a result we are changing to accommodate more course offerings to train a new generation of scholars and professionals. We would like to include in our curriculum the reflections of our unique local experiences, regional characteristics, and national presence. Above all, we want to help students succeed in their University studies and prepare them for scholarship training and professional careers. The education we offer students help to prepare them for leadership positions, work with Latina/o populations, and understand a multicultural and transnational society, and a global economy.
¡Adelante Vaqueros! Cecilia (CiCi) Aragón, Ph.D.
The Primary Mission of the Latina/o Studies Program
The mission of the Latina/o Studies Program at the University of Wyoming is to engage students in the areas of U.S. Latina/o literature, history, performance, and the social sciences. Utilizing an interdisciplinary framework, students examine colonial/decolonial, relational, comparative, transnational and global research and criticism to reflect on the historical and contemporary contributions of U.S. Latinos to regional, national, and global communities. For undergraduate students with an interest in our minor, we are dedicated to disseminating transformational knowledge as they actively participate in a diverse, global, and multi-ethnic society. We seek to advance research and scholarship on Latina/o cultures.
The Goals of the Latina/o Studies Program: