Latina/o Studies (formerly Chicano Studies)
Cecilia Aragon, Director
108 Ross Hall
Phone: (307) 766-4127
CECILIA ARAGON, B.S. McMurry University Texas; M.A. University of New Mexico; Ph.D. Arizona State University; Associate Professor of Theatre and Dance 2005.
ED A. MUNOZ, B.A. University of Nebraska - Lincoln 1990; M.A. 1992; Ph.D. 1996; Associate Professor of Criminal Justice 2008, 2003; Director of Latina/o Studies Program 2003.
LILIA SOTO, B.A. University of California, San Diego 1999; M.A. University of California, Berkeley 2003; Ph.D. 2008; Assistant Professor of American Studies and Latina/o Studies 2010.
The Latina/o Studies program, through an interdisciplinary and comparative approach examines the history, cultures, language and contemporary experiences of Mexicans, Mexican Americans and other Latinos/as in Wyoming, the United States and the world.
The Latina/o Studies Program offers an academic minor. Information about the Latina/o Studies Program and minor can be obtained from the Latina/o Studies Program office located in the Arts and Sciences Building, room 326, (307) 766-4127.
Latina/o Studies courses emphasize perspectives that are historical and contemporary, theoretical and practical, as well as critical and aesthetic. These perspectives help to develop an understanding of oppression and resistance, at the individual, institutional, and ideological levels.
Upon completion of the University of Wyoming Latina/o Studies minor curriculum, students will have an awareness and appreciation for the Latina/o experience. Particularly as the Latina/o experience is expressed in the following concepts and principles of organic insight, relational awareness, historical perspective, power for social change, intersectionality, and aesthetics.
1. Organic Insight - The development of a contextual framework for understanding one's own and others' experiences in relation to the Latina/o experience.
2. Relational Awareness - The development of a theoretical framework for understanding how institutional social structures impact individuals, families, and communities, and in turn, how individuals, families, and communities impact social structures through resistance, social agency, and change.
3. Historical Perspective - The development of a critical historical viewpoint for understanding how struggles around social, economic, and political forces have shaped the traditional and contemporary Latina/o Diaspora.
4. Power for Social Change - The development of a critical consciousness, which is necessary for a social praxis that combats oppressive racist ideologies and social structures that perpetuate individual and institutional inequalities.
5. Intersectionality - Gaining an awareness of the intersection of race, ethnicity, class, gender, and sexual orientation as it plays out organically, relationally, historically, and politically.
6. Latina/o Aesthetics - The development of an appreciation and awareness of the aesthetics evident in Latina/o art, music, theatre, literature, and other artistic expressions.