Latina/Latino Studies Program

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Avanzando
Mission:
Avanzando is a partnership between the UMKC Division of Diversity & Inclusion and the Hispanic Development Fund (HDF). Implemented in August 2011, the Avanzando program is designed to support HDF Scholarship recipients at UMKC in their academic and career pursuits. Goals include: Increasing scholar retention, improving graduation rates, and assuring successful transitions of students into graduate school and/or career positions. Program components included individualized academic support, mentoring and enhanced access to campus and community resources.

Every Avanzando scholar receives individual support from the program director and D&E staff. Scholars are also matched with a UMKC faculty or staff member and/or a Latin@ professional or business owner. Mentors listen, provide guidance, support, and create access to essential campus and community resources. Mentors also support scholars in maintaining their Latin@ identity and in recognizing their unique strengths and attributes. Avanzando fosters opportunities for Latina/Latino students to connect with each other and engage in research and community service.


 The Avanzando Program is located in the
Division of Diversity, Access and Equity Office,
359 Administrative Center
 Contact
 Marji Datwyler,
 Project Director, at datwylerm@umkc.edu
www.umkc.edu/diversity

 

 



 

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The University of Missouri - Kansas City is proud to be hosting the 2014 National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies (NACCS) Midwest FOCO Conference!

NACCS logoThe term Foco comes from Regis Debray, a radical writer on the topic of Latin American revolutions. This ideology subscribed to the notion that in revolutionary transformation, one had to be in the intellectual realm-developing an understanding of the world profoundly-theory and also in the practical world. For NACCS, Foco meant not just being an intellectual or not just being a community activist, but rather both. Foco later came to represent a regional chapter whereupon our membership continued the work of NACCS beyond our annual meetings.

The conference theme - Latin@s in the Midwest: Past, Present, and Future -- recognizes the rich historical and growing presence of Latin@s in this region. Our goal is to promote awareness and further develop knowledge and analysis of historic, current, and future developments that impact the Latin@ population. Of particular interest is the need to strategize for collective empowerment and leadership of Latin@s in the Midwest and to support collaboration between community leaders and scholars. Also, the conference would like to acknowledge the significant contributions from our Midwest Latin@ and Chican@ Studies Centers, Departments, and Programs and we particularly welcome their presence and participation.

To register for the conference, please go to our EventBrite registration site located here.

For more information about the conference, please visit the LLS blog here.
 

¡Si se puede!

Miguel A. Carranza, Ph.D.
Professor of Sociology & Latina/Latino Studies
Director, Latina/Latino Studies Program