May 2011 Newsletter (archive)

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A Message from the Associate Director
As the 2010–2011 academic year comes to a close we would like to take a moment to reflect upon—and celebrate—the accomplishments of our students.

Felicidades to all the graduating seniors who have passed through our doors over the past four years! You have come to us from diverse backgrounds and disciplines as Latino studies majors or minors, as researchers in our library’s special collections, as part of our student worker staff, as participants in our internship and leadership programs, or as leaders of student groups. We have followed many of you since even before your freshman year as participants in the Latino pre-college program, and have seen all of you become confident young adults. It has been a joy seeing you meet the challenges of rigorous academic programs while sharing your gifts and your service with the local and, in many cases, world community.

We wish you all well. You take our hopes and aspirations with you as you fulfill the promise of becoming a new generation of Latino leaders. We are confident that you embody the best that the Institute—and the University—has to offer, and we are grateful for the opportunity of having been able to share this stage of your lives with you.

Allert Brown-Gort
Associate Director



Seniors Complete Theses in Latino Studies, Present at National Academic Conference
Notre Dame senior Nicole Ashley, an honors student with majors in Spanish and pre-professional studies and a minor in Latino studies, wrote her senior thesis on “The ‘Americanization’ of Mexican Migrant Worker Nutrition.” Institute Academic Director Karen Richman advised her thesis project. After graduation, Nicole will be working in HIV outreach for a largely Spanish-speaking population through Amate House in Chicago. She plans to apply to medical school She and would eventually like to work in family practice and serve in a Spanish-speaking community.

Dr. Richman was also the thesis advisor for senior Molly Boyle, whose thesis was entitled “Human Trafficking in the United States Food Industry and NGO Actvism.” Molly presented a paper on her research at the 71st annual meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology in March in Seattle, Washington. Molly’s paper was one of the few undergraduate projects selected for presentation at the academic conference. She will graduate with a double major in anthropology and pre-professional studies. Inspired by a semester abroad in Chile, after graduation Molly will spend a year volunteering in Peru and Costa Rica with Francis Corps.

Undergraduate Conference on Mexico a Success
The Institute is pleased to report the success of the student conference “Mexico, 1810, 1910, 2010,” with impressive attendance and engaging research shared by the presenters. The three best papers from the conference will be published. Those papers were: Joseph VanderZee, “Looking Abroad for Answers: Mexico’s Foreign Embassy Communications Preceding the Tlateloco Massacre” (also Best Paper on Mexico, 2011); Bridget Flores, “Deconstructing the Constructions: How US Media Shape Public Debate on Undocumented Immigration”; and Nicole Ashley, Cari Pick, and Elizabeth Young, “Generational Differences in South Bend’s Mexican Population: A Community-Literary Approach.” Congratulations to all the presenters!

Martínez Presents at National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies
ILS visiting scholar Daniel Martínez presented a paper entitled “The Physical and Emotional Consequences of Failed Unauthorized Crossing Attempts along the Sonora-Arizona Border” at the 38th annual meeting of the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies which took place in Pasadena, California, March 30–April 2.

Duarte Serves as Panelist for Congressional Summit
Cynthia V. Duarte, Fellow at the Institute, was a panelist at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s Latino Leaders Summit Series in Washington, DC, on April 13. The panel was on “The Future of Latino Homeownership.” Duarte discussed her work on the Latino middle class in Los Angeles as well as presented preliminary findings of her research with ILS on the increased suburbanization of Latinos in Chicago.

Anderson Awarded Community-Based Course Development Grant
Institute fellow Thomas F. Anderson has been awarded a Notre Dame Center for Social Concerns community-based course development grant. A member of the English Department’s Romance Languages and Literatures faculty, Anderson will develop a course for the study of literary texts, works of public art, and films from the Hispanic Caribbean, which were produced with the goal of educating the public on a variety of topics such as health, education, human rights, public safety and traditional cultural manifestations. Students will apply learning gained in the classroom at South Bend’s Perley Fine Arts Academy in an after school visual and performing arts program for second- through fourth-graders. A central aim of the course will be to underscore the importance of global citizenship through the engagement in intercultural dialogue and the development of interest in a range of contemporary issues that effect, and thus unite, all of the world’s citizens.

Research Director Named Center for Social Concerns Faculty Fellow
The Institute’s director of research, Juan Carlos Guzmán, was recently named a 2011–2013 Notre Dame Center for Social Concerns faculty fellow. As a fellow he will mentor undergraduates in the Poverty Studies Interdisciplinary Minor and engage students in community-based research that focuses on increasing the institutional capacity of community organizations to address health issues such as obesity and chronic disease. Guzmán’s research focuses on socioeconomic issues that affect vulnerable populations such as women and children.

Groody, Fuentes Honored with Joyce Teaching Excellence Awards
Director of the Institute’s Center for Latino Spirituality and Culture and Department of Theology professor Rev. Daniel Groody, CSC, and Institute faculty fellow and Department of Anthropology professor Augustín Fuentes were among twenty Notre Dame faculty members honored with the Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, CSC, Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. The Joyce awards are presented to faculty who have had a profound influence on undergraduate students through sustained exemplary teaching. Faculty committees select recipients based upon review of peer and student nominations. Please see

ILS Welcomes Librarian Naomi Bishop
Librarian-in-Residence Naomi Bishop is working with archivist Tracy Grimm two days each week during the spring and summer semester as part of Bishop’s rotation in the Hesburgh Libraries Digital Access and Information Architecture Department. Prior to coming to Notre Dame, Bishop interned at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC, and has a keen interest in archives and education. While at the Julian Samora Library Bishop is working primarily on a collaborative effort to adopt Archivist Toolkit, an archival data management system, to enhance access to finding aides for the ILS archive collection. She is also gaining valuable experience processing and preserving archival documents and in fostering the use of primary source documents in undergraduate teaching. Naomi hopes to one day return to Arizona and work in a community library, archive, or college teaching and sharing with others her love of libraries and archives.

Guzmán’s Research and Institute Partnership Featured
The study of the impact of health fairs on Latino health by Institute Research Director Juan Carlos Guzmán is featured in the Spring 2011 newsletter of the Community Health Engagement Program, an initiative of the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI). CTSI is a statewide collaboration of Indiana University, Purdue University, and the University of Notre Dame, as well as public and private partnerships, with the goal of “facilitating the translation of scientific discoveries in the lab into clinical trials and new patient treatments.” Please see

Brown-Gort Expert Respondent for Chicago Council on Global Affairs
On April 20 Institute Associate Director Allert Brown-Gort was invited by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs (CCGA) to serve as expert respondent for a report of the CCGA’s Emerging Leaders Program on immigration. Also participating with Brown-Gort were Tony Olivo of the Chicago Tribune and John Slocum of the MacArthur Foundation.

Mikels-Carrasco Honored
Waldo Mikels-Carrasco, research associate director at the Institute and board president of the St. Joseph County Minority Health Coalition, was honored for his “spirit, drive, and dedication” at the organization’s 15th Annual Luncheon held on April 20 at the Ramada Plaza Downtown, South Bend. The luncheon keynote, given by Alberto Gutierrez, president and chief executive officer of Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center, addressed how research and the new Affordable Healthcare Act can work together to end health disparities in minority communities.

Luis Carlos Ugalde Lecture
The Institute, along with the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, recently co-sponsored a visit and lecture by Luis Carlos Ugalde, Reagan Fascell Democracy Fellow at the National Endowment for Democracy, Washington, DC, and former president of Mexico’s Federal Electoral Commission (IFE). His lecture titled “Elections and Democracy in Mexico” examined post-electoral dynamics in Mexico.

Elizondo on Catholic Education
Rev. Virgil Elizondo was featured in the March 2011 issue of the magazine Faith Grand Rapids. The article discussed Fr. Elizondo’s thoughts on the importance of Catholic education and Notre Dame’s work to make Catholic education more accessible to the Latino community. He noted that Catholic education is at the core of closing the American achievement gap for Latinos and the economically poor. Please see

Richman Participates in Financial Education Forum
Karen Richman, director of the Institute’s Center for Migration and Border Studies, was a participant in a forum convened by the National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE) in Washington, DC, on April 4–5. NEFE periodically brings together experts in the fields of education, personal finance, and research. As an anthropologist researching Latino consumer culture and savings, Dr. Richman was invited to contribute to the workshop, the purpose of which was to examine the benefits, drawbacks, and potential outcomes of certification in financial education.

Chavez Awarded Chancellor’s Post-Doctoral Position
Institute Fellow Alex Chavez has been awarded and has accepted a Chancellor’s Post-Doctoral Research Associate position in Latina/Latino Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He will be joining an academic unit that has attained national distinction in its commitment to and excellence in interdisciplinary approaches to research, training, and teaching. He will begin in this new position in July.

Annual Spring Visitation Weekends
The weekends of April 2 and April 16 the Office of Undergraduate Admissions hosted its annual Spring Visitation Weekends. This recruitment effort offers the best and brightest students from under-represented student populations exposure to Notre Dame campus life through interactions with faculty, staff, alumni, and current students. The Institute is an active participant in Student Visitation Weekends and members of our student staff and participants in ILS-sponsored programs played a vital role this year, including Institute student staff member Steven Corrales, who served as MC for the event.

Hispanics and Educational Inequality Lecture
On May 2 Professor Cynthia Feliciano, University of California at Irvine, presented “Immigrant Origins & the Latino Disadvantage in Educational Attainment.” The lecture was the last in a series of lectures organized by Notre Dame’s Center for Research on Educational Opportunity (CREO) and co-sponsored by the Institute as part of the Henkels Lecture Series “Hispanics and Educational Inequality in the US.”

La Alianza Gathering
On May 3 the student organization La Alianza hosted their first “Café con Leche” at the home of Institute Director Gilberto Cárdenas.

Cinco de Mayo Celebration
On May 5 Institute Associate Director Allert Brown-Gort was invited by the Diversity Committee of Notre Dame Business Operations to speak on the significance of Cinco de Mayo at the Business Operations Cinco de Mayo luncheon. The Institute also furnished a loan of artwork for the event.

On-Campus Events

Finals Week Open Study Hours
The Institute will host open study hours Thursday, May 5 through Friday, May 13 (excluding Saturday and Sunday) from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at the Julian Samora Library and West Lounge. Special extended hours of 8:00 am to 8:00 pm will be observed on May 9, 10, and 11. Snacks, energy drinks, candy, granola bars, and fruit will be provided in the quiet comfortable setting. The library and west lounge are located on the second floor of McKenna Hall.

Latino Recognition Ceremony
The Notre Dame Latino Recognition Ceremony will be held on Friday, May 20, at 7:00 pm in Washington Hall followed by a reception in LaFortune Student Center. Multicultural Student Programs and Service (MSPS) and the Institute for Latino Studies co-sponsor this ceremony to recognize Latino University of Notre Dame graduates. Students and their families are welcome to attend.

Graduation Open House at the Institute
On Saturday, May 21, the Institute for Latino Studies will host an open house for graduates. This is a great opportunity to bring your family and friends to see the Institute and meet with Institute staff and faculty over coffee and light hors d’oeuvres. The open house will be held in the Galería América, McKenna Hall reception area, second floor from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm with a certificate ceremony for graduates at 1:00 pm. We welcome all faculty and staff to attend.

Off Campus Events

Conference on Arizona and Human Rights
The conference “Arizona Burning: Inmigración y derechos humanos” will be held at Casa Michoacán 1638 South Blue Island Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, on May 7 from 9:00 am to 2:45 pm. Presentations will be geared toward the community and the information will be accessible to all (in English and Spanish). A broad range of issues affecting the Mexican American and Latino/a community in southern Arizona will be discussed. For more information on this conference please contact Daniel Martinez,