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Mexican and Latin-American Studies Program

Mexican and Latin-American Studies Program

Welcome to Mexican/Latin American Studies! We are an area of focus within the Ethnic Studies Department at Laney College and are rooted in the rich legacy of students committed to transformative education and social justice.

Our mission is to prepare students with critical thinking skills, deep social consciousness, and an extensive knowledge base necessary to function as effective and empowered leaders in an increasingly diverse and globalized world. It is our intent to promote social justice and appreciation of cultural differences as well as to advance the understanding and interests of Latina/Latino populations in the United States as well as Latin American populations throughout the Americas.

Mexican/Latin American Studies is an interdisciplinary area of study that is comparative in scope. Our curriculum is rooted in Chicana/Chicano and Latina/Latino Studies and draws from the social and behavioral sciences as well as the humanities and the arts. Our local Associates of Arts program offers a variety of courses regarding the study of Latin America and the Chicana/o and Latina/Latino experiences at a local and transnational level. The aim of Mexican/Latin American Studies is to support students in developing a critical consciousness and an understanding of the social, political, cultural, and economic forces that have shaped the histories and current day realities of the Latina/o Diaspora. Our studies are grounded in the principles of social justice and self-determination of marginalized communities. To achieve this, our program centers the knowledge’s, epistemologies, and arts produced by racially and sexually oppressed subjects, and we endeavor to examine the intersections of race, class, gender, and sexuality.

Interested in majoring in Mexican/Latin American Studies?

Students who are interested in pursuing a degree in Mexican/Latin American Studies are highly encourage to make an appointment to meet with a Laney counselor on the 3rd floor of the Laney Tower to build an educational plan. Our designated academic counselor is Kim Blackwell and her email is kblackwell@peralta.edu

Interested in teaching Mexican/Latin American Studies at Laney College?

Applicants who do not have prior community college teaching experience are highly encouraged to first apply to the Peralta Faculty Diversity Internship Program. This program provides training on how to navigate and teach within the community college system.

Our department is periodically interviewing applicants for our part-time teaching pool. If you are interested in teaching Mexican/Latin American Studies, please first submit your application online via the links to Human Resources and then contact our Ethnic Studies Department Chair Alicia Caballero-Christenson: achristenson@peralta.edu