Irene Vasquez

UNM's Chicana and Chicano Studies program strives to provide students with an opportunity to educate themselves in the area of multi-ethnicity in a variety of national and transnational contexts. With a strong Latino presence in the multiethnic population of the United States, Chicana and Chicano Studies is a relevant area of study for students of New Mexico.

The program currently offers three online courses to UNM students on the subject of Transitional Latino Populations. With an increased need for understanding and appreciation of multilingualism and multiculturalism, these courses engage thoughtful discussions among students and instructors. Both non-degree and degree seeking students are eligible to take these courses.

"The Chicana and Chicano courses bring together innovative content, modern technologies and valuable cultural knowledge all in preparation for knowing the world as it is," said Irene Vasquez, program director. "Students will become familiar with the historical and contemporary experiences of Latino descent populations in the United States and transnationally. Learning about cultural pluralism is engaging and essential in 21st century society."

Students can now use these courses to better understand the issues facing Latino communities, and will prepare students for a diverse Latino workforce. Three online courses are currently being
offered for the spring 2013 semester: Chicana and Chicano Studies, Chicanos in a Global Society, and Expediciones-Beginning Nahuatl I. Chicana and Chicano Studies explores what it means to be "Chicano," "Mexican American," "Hispanic" or "Latino" in the United States. This introductory Chicano Studies course focuses on issues that impact and shape American Latino communities. Chicanos in a Global Society engages students to develop a greater understanding of Latino communities in the United States in a global context.

Finally, Expendiciones-Beginning Nahuatl I, employs a combined communicative approach designed to develop both language proficiency and target culture competence. Students develop communicative skills in listening, comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing at the basic level.

To learn more, visit: Chicana and Chicano Studies blog.

Story by Kim Jarigese