CILAS Outreach Program

The Center for Iberian and Latin American Studies (CILAS) Outreach Program at the University of California, San Diego works to enhance knowledge and understanding of Latin America in K-12 and postsecondary schools, nonprofit organizations, and the general public.

Latin American Studies Teacher Institute

CILAS is excited to announce a yearlong professional development sequence open to local educators interested in learning how to incorporate Latin American Studies into their classrooms with a particular focus on the topic of immigration. The first part of the sequence will build participants’ content knowledge of immigration through presentations by University of California, San Diego’s leading immigration scholars, Dr. Wayne Cornelius and Dr. Tom Wong. Participants will then work in collaboration throughout the school year with the Educational Outreach Coordinator at the Center for Iberian and Latin American Studies (CILAS) to create and implement a unit on immigration in their classrooms. The culmination of the program will be participation in a poster presentation describing their experience in developing and executing their unit, noting strengths and areas for improvement. Participants will receive three UCSD Extension credit hours (the equivalent of two semester credit hours) for their participation in the yearlong program.

The kick-off date for the institute is Thursday, August 21, 2014 from 8:30-4pm in the Deutz Room in the Institute of the Americas.

Space is limited! Register at the following link:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/XMSSG8P

If you have any questions, please contact Hillary Kosnac at hkosnac@ucsd.edu

Teacher Resources

Partnership with Upward Bound Summer Residential Program

June and July 2014

CILAS has recently partnered with the Upward Bound Summer Residential Program at UCSD. This program, fully-funded by the U.S. Department of Education, focuses on increasing its participants’ high school graduation rates and preparing its participants for enrollment in post-secondary education. The program specifically works with students who are from low-income backgrounds and those who are first-generation college-bound students. The goal of the partnership was to offer a speaker series in which high school students would be exposed to university-level research in an area related to Latin American Studies. These presentations were aimed at increasing the students’ understanding of other countries and cultures.

Presentation topics included an exploration of indigenous peoples, heritage Spanish, the historical causes of contemporary problems and stereotypes in Spain, and Mexican immigration.

Upward Bound Summer Residential Program Participants

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Summer 2015

Presentation to Upward Bound Students: Contemporary Visions of Spain: Breaking Stereotypes about Spanish Culture, Customs and Traditions
Date: July 9th, 2014
Presenter: Matilde Cordoba Azcarate (Lecturer, Communications) and Paloma Checa Gismero (PhD student, Visual Arts)

Presentation to Upward Bound Students: La Ruta Maya
Date: July 8th, 2014
Presenter: Veronica Garcia Martinez (CILAS Visiting Scholar)
Location: Warren Lecture Hall 2208, UCSD

Presentation to Upward Bound Students: Screening and Discussion of his film “Mexican Dream”
Date: July 2nd, 2014
Presenter: Alex Ruiz Euler (Recent PhD graduate in Political Science)
Location: Warren Lecture Hall 2208, UCSD

                                                                                                                                                                     Spring 2014

Presentation to Upward Bound Students:  The Popul Vuh and Its Significance in Mayan Communities
Date: June 24th, 2014
Presenter: Gloria Chacon (Professor, Literature)
Location: Warren Lecture Hall 2208, UCSD

Presentation to Upward Bound Students: Present Problems in Spain from the Historical Perspective: Legacies from the Past and Challenges for the Future
Date: June 25th, 2014
Presenter: Pedro Perez Herrero (CILAS Visiting Scholar)
Location: Warren Lecture Hall 2208, UCSD

Presentation to Upward Bound Students: Heritage Spanish
Date: June 30th, 2014
Presenter: John Moore (Muir College Provost, Linguistics)
Location: Warren Lecture Hall 2208, UCSD

Past Outreach Events