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Mexican and Latin-American Studies

Mexican and Latin-American Studies

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.