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What it's like to be a DREAMer on campus

Author: Institute for Latino Studies

IILS faculty and staff have been actively involved with the University's efforts to admit and support "DREAMer" students to pursue their aspirations through a Notre Dame education. We are very proud of all our students, including the authors of the following editorial that recently appeared in The Washington Post.

May 19, 2015

We were high school valedictorians, but we weren’t sure we’d make it to college because we’re also undocumented immigrants

What it's like to be a DREAMer on campus.



By Brizzia Munoz Robles and Maria Munoz Robles

Brizzia Munoz Robles and her identical twin sister Maria Munoz Robles are completing their first year at the University of Notre Dame.

Maria Muñoz Robles

Brizzia Muñoz Robles



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Fraga and Matovina to Co-Direct Institute for Latino Studies

Author: Kate Garry

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Luis Ricardo Fraga, a pioneer in the field of Latino politics, and Timothy Matovina, a leading expert on Latino Catholicism, have been appointed co-directors of the University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies, effective July 1, 2015. “The combination of skills that they bring to the institute is spectacular,” said John McGreevy, I.A. O’Shaughnessy Dean of the College of Arts and Letters, where ILS is housed.

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Anthropologist Focuses on Cultural Poetics

Author: Aaron Smith

Alex Chavez

Furiously strumming his jarana into the early morning hours of a stranger’s backyard birthday party in Austin, Texas, Alex Chavez was having fun with the hired musicians who had brought him along as an impromptu guest. He was also doing fieldwork. Chavez, who joined Notre Dame’s Department of Anthropology in 2014 as an assistant professor, studies “the aesthetic dimensions of contemporary lived politics”— sometimes referred to as cultural poetics. He focuses on the unfolding of this expressive grammar among Latino migrant communities in the United States.

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