Director's Message

It is an honor to lead the Latina and Latino Studies Program at Northwestern University at a time when nine percent of its student body is Latino/a, when diversity is a central value for the university, and when our nationally renowned faculty members are engaging in dynamic and cutting-edge scholarship and teaching about U.S. Latino/as. I thank all of the students, staff, and faculty members who over the past ten years advocated for the creation of this program.

We welcome students, staff, colleagues, and community members to join us in our lectures, presentations, and symposia that strive to create an intellectual community on campus and in the Chicago area. We are building bridges among ourselves, as any Latino/a community embraces heterogeneous identities, socioeconomic status, racial, national, and generational differences, among others. We are building bridges with the diverse departments, programs, and units on campus that represent related interests, from History to Medicine, from Sociology to English and Spanish. We are building bridges with the Latino/a students at NU who not only enroll in our courses but who are collectively working toward ameliorating social and political inequalities in our country. We are building bridges with Latino Chicago by holding public events in the pertinent communities who experience much of what we write about and who have always served as the sources for our production of knowledge.

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Frances R. Aparicio, Director