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Latino Studies Graduates of the Class of 2016

Author: Institute for Latino Studies

ILS 2016 Graduates Ceremony Program

On May 14th, 2016, the Institute for Latino Studies (ILS) celebrated 13 students graduating as majors during the Latino Studies Certificate Ceremony. These students achieved a Supplementary Major (a 24-credit program, which requires a gateway course, capstone/practicum course, and 18 credits/6 additional Latino Studies courses) or a Minor ( a 15-credit program, which requires a gateway course, capstone/practicum course, and 9 credits/3 additional Latino Studies courses). Beyond these 13 students, ILS Co-Director Luis Fraga commented on the more than 500 students per academic year who ILS reaches through classes, some of whom also attended the ceremony: "It was a blessing to also meet several graduating students and their families who have benefitted from our work at ILS, even though they were not ILS majors and minors. They came to our open house and expressed their appreciation for all ILS has done to enrich their undergraduate experiences at ND."…

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Robert Vargas joins ND Faculty in Sociology and ILS

Author: Brian Wallheimer

Robert Vargas

Robert Vargas, an urban sociologist whose research focuses on violence and health care, is joining Notre Dame’s Department of Sociology this fall as an assistant professor. Vargas, who will also be a faculty affiliate in the Institute for Latino Studies at Notre Dame, was previously on the faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a fellow at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation at Harvard University. Vargas’ first book, Wounded City: Violent Turf Wars in a Chicago Barrio (Oxford University Press), will be released May 1. In it, Vargas argues that competition among political groups contributes to the persistence of violence just as much as the competition among street gangs.

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