Celebrating César Chávez Day: 10 MSIs offering Chicanx and Latin American Studies

by Carol Sandoval

César Chávez was one of the most enduring activists of the Chicano civil rights movements as he fought for farm workers’ rights in the 1960s and ’70s. In 2014, Obama proclaimed March 31st as César Chávez Day, a federal commemorative holiday. In today’s Monday Morning MSI Line Up, we recognize MSIs offering Chicanx studies and other similar courses that teach students about Mexican-American history, including Chávez’s political and social changes. Check out the following courses, majors, and minors at these Minority Serving Institutions!

1) Aims Community College (HSI)—Introduction to Chicano Studies

Aims Community College offers the introduction course to Chicanx studies which focuses on “Chican[x] history, migration and labor, education, law and Chican[x] culture”

2) Barry University (HSI)—Latino(a) Literature

Barry University offers a class that studies the “poetic and narrative works representing distinct Latinx groups based on their history, migratory experience, and cultural diversity. Issues such as race, class, and gender, as well as ethnic and national identity, are thoroughly examined.”

3) Morehouse College (HBCU)—Latin American Studies

Morehouse College offers the Latin American studies minor which is composed of a total of 6 courses. Three of those six are classes regarding “politics of a particular cultural region or minority in the United States” while the rest of the courses are language requirements.

4) University of Hawaii at Manoa (AANAPISI/AANH)—Latin American and Iberian Studies

Classes within the Latin American and Iberian Studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa extend beyond the typical history and language classes. Students at UHM approach the topic of Latin American studies from many different angles such as film, ritual, and gender studies.

5) Morgan State University (HBCU)—Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Morgan State University offers the Latin American and Caribbean Studies minor, in which students are immersed in a rich history of the colonization of the Americas.

6) California State University, Monterey Bay (HSI)—Chicano Studies as a Minor

Students graduating with the Chicanx Studies major are encouraged to strive for the creation of positive changes in social justice among their communities and their research.

7) Pueblo Community College (HSI)—Chicanxs in a Changing Society

This course teaches the students the background and history of Chicanxs in the US. Additionally, it also tries to explain the differences that are occurring throughout the years as “Chican[x] communities interrelate with Anglo and multicultural societies as well as its future prospects”

8) Talladega College (HBCU)—Latin American History Survey

In order to appreciate Chicanx history in the US, it’s crucial that students are familiar with the history beyond the 1960s. At Talladega College, they ensure that students have a strong grasp on the major events in Latin American history.

9) Alabama State University (HBCU)—Hispanic Novel and Hispanic Drama

The two courses at Alabama State University are more exciting ways of understanding the struggles of Chicanxs in America during the 20th century.

10) Luna Community College (HSI)—Hispanics in the Southwest

This history course at Luna Community College provides cultural, economic, political, and social context to general US history.

Know how other Minority Serving Institutions and Hispanic Serving Institutions are celebrating César Chávez Day? Let us know in the comments below!

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