The Center for Latino and Latin American Studies and the Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán (MEChA) at Central Washington University are proud to sponsor the 2009 Pacific Northwest Foco regional conference of the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies. The conference will be held in Ellensburg, Washington from Friday, October 30 to Saturday, October 31, 2009.
The Center for Latino and Latin American Studies combines an interdisciplinary academic program with a community partnership initiative to engage CWU and the surrounding community in an intensive study of Latino and Latin American peoples and cultures. Based primarily in the humanities, the academic program fuses the usually separate fields of Latino Studies and Latin American Studies in flexible ways that respect student interests and needs. By emphasizing student support, service learning, and community-based research, the academic program also enhances a community partnership initiative to solidify and expand the relationship between CWU and the surrounding community, especially Washington State's booming Latino populations. Ultimately, the Center seeks to create a physical and intellectual space within which the University community and community members can find mutual understanding, intellectual stimulation, and personal and professional enrichment.
The National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies is the academic organization that serves academic programs, departments and research centers that focus on issues pertaining to Mexican Americans, Chicana/os, and Latina/os. The Association was formed in 1972, during the height of the Chicana/o movement, calling for the development of a space where scholarship and Chicana/o students could develop their talents in higher education. For more than 30 years, students, faculty, staff, and community members have attended the NACCS annual conference to present their scholarly papers--many of which have spun into important intellectual pillars.
As we at CWU have been creating the Center for Latino and Latin American Studies in recent years, we have been impressed by Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies’ capacity to break down borders and build bridges among communities. This year ath the Pacific Northwest Foco Reigonal Conference we are proud to present the following themes:
This conference aims at a conversation regarding these and other issues.
CWU Center for Latino and Latin American Studies, CWU College of Arts and Humanities, CWU Department of Foreign Languages, Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán (MECHA) de CWU