LALS Summer Update

September 1, 2021

Lots of Events Coming Up This Week!

I hope you are not on LALS Newsletter overload. I had thought Summer Updates would be less frequent, but I keep seeing and hearing about events and opportunities I want to share with y'all. If you have too much on your plate, you can just delete the Newsletter notifications.

This week: art exhibits (one from last week and a new MAH exhibit you can see downtown), an LALS grad student shares their story, Sandra Cisneros* events online and on the radio, learn about The Everett Program, and a job opportunity for LALS graduates.

*btw: you do not need to read the book before attending the book talk! It will be awesome to hear Cisneros speak whether you've read her latest book or not.

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Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History Exhibit: Do You Know My Name? - Opens Sept 3rd

Inspired by the MAH publication of the same name, uncover inspiring stories about Santa Cruz County residents from the early 20th century to the present.

Get to know the overlooked, hidden, and relatable histories of the people of Santa Cruz County from the 19th century to today. Popping-up in a breakout history pod inside our Santa Cruz County History Gallery, the exhibit will also debut online in the Winter of 2020.

Pulling from the MAH publication by the same name, Do You Know My Name?, uncover the stories of ordinary people who never made the news, never rose to fame, yet overcame adversity to find fulfillment in art, invention, or community.

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Sandra Cisneros Book Talk and Interview with Dr. Falcón

The Research Center for the Americas (RCA) and the Latin American and Latino Studies (LALS) department are pleased to be able to sponsor a limited number of currently enrolled UCSC students to attend a virtual event with the acclaimed author Sandra Cisneros on Wed., Sept. 8th at 7pm.

Please fill out this registration form entirely and you will be notified if you have received a ticket OR if you are on the waitlist.

You can also hear a KZSC exclusive interview with Sandra Cisneros by Dr. Sylvanna Falcón, LALS associate professor and RCA Director, at 12noon on Thursday, Sept 2nd with a re-broadcast on Sunday, Sept 5th at 11am on 88.1FM on your radio dial (in Santa Cruz, Monterey, and San Benito Counties) or stream it online.

"The beauty of literature is you allow readers to see things through other people's eyes."

-Sandra Cisneros

DEADLINE to apply for free book talk tickets: Friday, Sept 3rd by 12noon
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Parakata Journeys Home: Queer Purhépecha Artists and Scholars - Sept 10th

LALS doctoral student Mario Gómez-Zamora will be participating with other members of the P'urhepecha community at the upcoming event "Parakata Journeys Home: Queer Purhépecha Artists and Scholars." Mario will be sharing some creative writing -- a combination of poetry, testimonials, and memory.

The event will be held on September 10th, 6:00 - 7:00 PM PDT and is being hosted by Simon Fraser University.

You can find more information about this event and register here.

Have you heard about The Everett Program?

The Everett Program empowers students to use digital tools for social good. This is a unique program that teaches students how to use tech skills to help local and global organizations. Through a four-quarter course series, students learn and practice community engaged activism on issues of social justice and sustainability. Everett students form partnerships with organizations around the world and collaborate to develop a technical solution to a social or capacity issue the organization is facing. For examples of this work see the list of student projects from this past year, ranging from documentary filmmaking on the COVID-19 outbreak in San Quentin with The Gateways Project in Santa Cruz, to creating video tutorials of basic computer skills for Voices of Women Media TechnoHub in Nepal.

The first course in the series, SOCY 30A Intro to Global Information and Social Enterprise Studies, is offered in Fall quarter only so it is important for interested students to start the program in Fall, and ideally no later than junior year. Students may choose to enroll into the in-person version or the online version of the class. The course also satisfies the PE-T GE!

In addition, The Everett Program is offered as a minor through the Sociology Department, referred to as the Global Information and Social Enterprise Studies (GISES) Minor. The minor has only seven course requirements, including the four-quarter course series students complete for The Everett Program. Or, students can combine the GISES minor with the Sociology BA to major in the Sociology BA with Global Information and Social Enterprise Studies (GISES) Intensive Concentration. Please contact if you have any questions about the GISES minor or concentration.

Community Solutions Advocate position for LALS grads

Community Water Center is currently recruiting applicants for a Community Solutions Advocate position based in our Watsonville office to join our team working for safe and affordable drinking water for all Californians.

Community Water Center acts as a catalyst for community-driven drinking water solutions through education, organizing and advocacy. The Community Solutions Advocate is a full-time position that will be primarily responsible for supporting and empowering communities to engage in drinking water projects and campaigns at the local, regional, and state levels.

We are looking for a bilingual team member who is passionate about our environmental justice mission, enjoys working collaboratively and independently, and is committed to working together with impacted community residents so that all people in California have access to safe, affordable drinking water. You can read more about us on our website:

Vintage News Items Below

(these items have appeared at least once before)

Mona Hatoum's "Drowning Sorrows" at the San José Museum of Art

LALS Chair Catherine Ramírez discusses artist Mona Hatoum's "Drowning Sorrows" at the San José Museum of Art. See the artwork and discussion in this 5-minute video (also embedded below).

3 to 1: Mona Hatoum, glass, bottles, and migration

Global Learning / Study Abroad Overview

Did you know that our Latin American Global Engagement Advisor Ashley Bayman majored in Latin American Studies and Spanish at Ohio State University as an undergrad, and also studied abroad in Argentina, Brazil, and Mexico? She's a great resource for LALS students, and you can meet her (virtually) at our fall orientation on Sept 21--more info to come about that event.

In the meantime, she did this brief intro (less than 4 minutes!) on some of the programs Global Learning offers. Check it out below.

Global Learning Dept welcome 2021

Undocumented Student Services - Meet Your Counselor

Under the umbrella of the Educational Opportunity Programs (EOP), the Undocumented Student Services (USS) Academic Counselor provides direct services to support the academic success, retention, and graduation of undocumented students at UC Santa Cruz.

Meet with Aracely (she/her/ella) to discuss your academic, personal, and/or career goals or simply to learn more about the programs and services available for undocumented students at UC Santa Cruz!

Summer Drop-In Hours available on Tuesdays from 3-5 PM and Thursdays from 11AM-1PM.

Click below to access the meeting room.

USS Meeting Room

Drop-in Resources for Students

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Careers in Social Sciences Webinar - YouTube link

Click here to link to the webinar on the Career Success YouTube channel.

Don't hesitate to make an appointment with Rebecca Tivang if you want to go further with your career exploration!

Careers in Social Sciences (7/22/2021) - UCSC Career Success