Comparative Mexican American Studies at OLLU

Comparative Mexican American Studies core curriculum features courses in critical race, ethnic and gender studies across cultures and national borders.

Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) offers a unique Bachelor of Arts degree in
Comparative Mexican American Studies (CMAS) that integrates the arts, humanities
and social sciences to give students a comprehensive understanding of the historical
development, contemporary experiences and cultural expressions of Mexican Americans
from within comparative and transnational perspectives. The program

Operating as usual

11/09/2021

Join us tomorrow at 12:30 (CST) for the final Raza Heritage event! A virtual book talk with anthropologist Sherina Feliciano-Santos about Taíno cultural revitalization and activism.

To join the one-hour Book Talk via WebEx, go to: https://bit.ly/RazaEvents

Join us tomorrow at 12:30 (CST) for the final Raza Heritage event! A virtual book talk with anthropologist Sherina Feliciano-Santos about Taíno cultural revitalization and activism.

To join the one-hour Book Talk via WebEx, go to: https://bit.ly/RazaEvents

Online Event Page | Eventbrite 10/26/2021

Online Event Page | Eventbrite

Join us for a discussion about Latinx Indigeneities in Puerto Rico!
https://www.eventbrite.com/x/latinx-indigeneities-book-talk-tickets-199250442437

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Photos from OLLU Center for Mexican American Studies and Research's post 10/12/2021

Photos from OLLU Center for Mexican American Studies and Research's post

San Antonians celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day 10/12/2021

San Antonians celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day

Thank you all for joining us for Indigenous Peoples Day! We made the local news :)
https://www.ksat.com/news/local/2021/10/12/san-antonians-celebrate-indigenous-peoples-day/

San Antonians celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day This year marks the first time a U.S. president has officially recognized Indigenous People’s Day and celebrations were held across the nation including San Antonio.

09/29/2021

Save the date for our Gathering of Nations, October 11 in the Mall Area at OLLU

Save the date for our Gathering of Nations, October 11 in the Mall Area at OLLU

09/27/2021

Join us for a fun afternoon of lotería card readings, games, and food! Be sure to register. Limited spaces for on-campus events!

Join us for a fun afternoon of lotería card readings, games, and food! Be sure to register. Limited spaces for on-campus events!

09/14/2021

All the Raza Heritage events will be live-streamed to the OLLU Center for Mexican American Studies page. Stay posted!

All the Raza Heritage events will be live-streamed to the OLLU Center for Mexican American Studies page. Stay posted!

Photos from Comparative Mexican American Studies at OLLU's post 08/23/2021

Welcome back OLLU students! We are having our first Mexican American Student Association meeting on Monday, August 30 during community hour in Main 225. If you can't join us in person, email or DM me for the virtual link. Let's get MASA moving!

05/07/2021

Borderlands/Black Atlantic students on a field trip to El Coquí to try some Puerto Rican food on the south side of San Antonio. CMAS students have more fun!

Borderlands/Black Atlantic students on a field trip to El Coquí to try some Puerto Rican food on the south side of San Antonio. CMAS students have more fun!

Finals Are a Drag! Super Pachanga 04/03/2021

Finals Are a Drag! Super Pachanga

Here's a preview of our Finals are a Drag! Super Pachanga and Semester Despedida...
https://youtu.be/eqZykdkXTAM

Finals Are a Drag! Super Pachanga Come to our end-of-semester despedida with Los MENtirosos!

04/03/2021

Join the Mexican American Student Association and the CMAS program for an end-of-semester pachanga with Los MENtirosos! Register here: bit.ly/ollupachanga

Join the Mexican American Student Association and the CMAS program for an end-of-semester pachanga with Los MENtirosos! Register here: bit.ly/ollupachanga

11/20/2020

Congratulations to Bonham Academy for this fantastic Fenomenal MAS program!

Nos complace anunciar MAS Fenomenal (Estudios Mexico Americanos) para el viernes 20 de noviembre. A lo largo de los años, Bonham ha ampliado el programa de estudios México Americanos al incluir cursos MAS de la escuela secundaria, el círculo de MAS, Conjunto y nuestra programación de verano MAS-LI. Queremos expandir MAS a nuestra programación Fenomenal para nuestra comunidad. Únase con nosotros para esta programación virtual y mucho MAS.
🐯🇲🇽🇺🇸🐯
We are excited to announce MAS (Mexican American Studies) Fenomenal for Friday, November 20th. Over the years, Bonham has expanded the Mexican American Studies program by including middle school MAS courses, MAS Circle, Conjunto, and our MAS-LI summer programming. We want to expand MAS to our Fenomenal programming for our community. Please join us for this virtual programming y mucho MAS.

11/06/2020

Charlas y Chispas: Decolonization

Professor Debora Vasquez, head of the Visual Arts and New Media program at OLLU discusses decolonization through art, food ways, and spirituality.

10/17/2020

Here is the rest of the roundtable presentation.
https://www.facebook.com/1089753577/videos/10223009248434882/

10/14/2020
09/19/2020

Thank you for coming out to our Movie in the Park screening of The Infiltrators, a powerful documentary on the fight for justice from the inside. We hope to see you for our next screening. Stay tuned. Also, if you joined us at home, thank you. We appreciate your solidarity. #DREAMers #UndocumentedAndUnafraid #TheInfiltrators

09/19/2020

We are setting up for a screening of The Infiltrators! If you are a student, see you at 8:30 p.m. If you are not a student, watch with us online.

**Watch The Infiltrators online simultaneously with our students tonight at 8:30 p.m . The link to view the film will be active for two weeks after the screening.
https://pragda.com/sfc.../our-lady-of-the-lake-university/

User: [email protected]
Password: w6AmXslEov&CylOpOpR9TOTi

pragda.com 09/18/2020

Our Lady of the Lake University | Pragda

Watch The Infiltrators online simultaneously with our students tonight at 8:30 p.m . The link to view the film will be active for two weeks after the screening.
https://pragda.com/sfc.../our-lady-of-the-lake-university/

User: [email protected]
Password: w6AmXslEov&CylOpOpR9TOTi

pragda.com

09/15/2020

OLLU Students, sign up for this workshop with an introduction by Professor Deborah Vasquez. Slots are limited! Must have an OLLU email to sign up. Sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0D4CA8AC23A5FFC34-papel

09/08/2020

The "movie in the park" is only open to OLLU students to keep numbers small. But look out for other El Calle 24 Film Festival events, pre-screening talks, and more 2020 - 2021.

aba.americananthro.org 06/06/2020

Association of Black Anthropologists – ABA is a section of the American Anthropological Association

Ethnic Studies is anthropology's "smoking mirror" reflecting back what it refuses to see. This statement by the Association of Black Anthropologists holds up that mirror revealing the fraught relationship that scholars of color have with anthropology. We demand change!

http://aba.americananthro.org/?fbclid=IwAR04Fhj3etEC-k-miM7lM59RrguJ0cCTUtYcblHiQyHZZbLdxUZBo2zU6-A

aba.americananthro.org

06/05/2020

"I will no longer be made to feel ashamed of existing. I will have my serpent's tongue - my women's voice, my sexual voice, my poet's voice, I will overcome the tradition of silence"

--Gloria Anzaldua, Borderlands/La Frontera

06/05/2020

This week we learned about allegations of sexual assault and harassment at OLLU. As the Program Head of the CMAS program, I want students to know that I believe you and that I am here to support you. I commend your courage for speaking out. Your voices matter and your action will result in changes to ensure that students are safe and that gender-based violence is not tolerated.

In March "Mujeres Unidas" organized a demonstration for International Women's Day where we performed "A Ra**st in Your Path" and heard from community activists, Kimiya Denise and Patricia S. Castillo, about changing r**e culture and stopping domestic violence. The most important lesson we learned from them was that silence reproduces r**e culture and gender-based violence. We need to speak out and support and empower survivors.

The CMAS program centers voices of women of color and includes courses and events focused on intersectional feminism and activism. I offer two courses on women, gender, and social movements: CMAS 3310: Voices of Women of Color and CMAS 4320: Women, Gender, and Migration. Take these courses or DM me for syllabi to study along with us in 2020-2021.

#changer**eculture

Debora Kuetzpal Vasquez Carolina Hinojosa-Cisneros

Ana Gabriela Flores Victoria Herrera Fernanda Hernandez-Martinez Val Ann Leda Barnett

Candace de León-Zepeda
Aimee Villarreal

06/04/2020

OLLU Students together before the pandemic hit at the National Association of Chicana/o Studies Tejas Foco in March 2020. Title of the roundtable: "What does it mean to be a Sanctuary Campus."

bostonreview.net 06/04/2020

Decolonizing the University

"Ethnic studies is a critical, anticolonial site of knowledge production, learning, and teaching. It includes Black, Latinx, Asian, Arab, and Native Studies, centering the experiences and histories of minoritized, racialized subjects. Given the state of our nation and our world, I cannot think of a more urgent area of study at any institution of learning, from elementary schools up to college."

http://bostonreview.net/race/lorgia-garcia-pena-mordecai-lyon-decolonize-university?fbclid=IwAR062eezzahujoP74jekJ-ypc3cGhWiTJ6aWsLNGUQKhgP5uYCtAwdawM04

bostonreview.net In this interview, Lorgia García-Peña, who was denied tenure by Harvard in late 2019, discusses why ethnic studies has never been more urgent and the important role it can play in protest.

06/04/2020

As part of the Comparative Mexican American Studies curriculum, I teach an upper-vision undergraduate seminar CMAS 4310: Borderlands and the Black Atlantic. The course was inspired by my conversations and collaborations with Black anthropologists notably, Todne Thomas, Bertin Louis, and N Fadeke Castor among other fantastic scholars.

The course focuses on the African influence in the US Southwest, Mexico, Latin America, and the Caribbean and centers and the historical development and contemporary expressions of Afro-Latinidades.

I am offering a sample of the syllabus for folks to study along with us in spring 2021 or to read at their own pace. Please DM me for a copy. I invite OLLU students who have taken this course or other CMAS courses to write about what they have learned in the comments section.
Victoria Herrera
Fernanda Hernandez-Martinez
Rebecca González-López
OLLU Center for Mexican American Studies and Research
OLLU - Our Lady of the Lake University

06/04/2020

The CMAS program opposes anti-Blackness in all its forms and stands in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter Movement and with the protests denouncing the murder of George Floyd and other Black and Brown people at the hands of the police. The goal of our program is to promote solidarity, activism, and social justice through the examination of comparative histories, social movements, identities, and cultural expressions that center the lives of Indigenous, Mexican American, and African American and Afro-Latinx, and Asian American communities in the US and beyond.

"Comparative Mexican American Studies is an interdisciplinary program that critically examines historical and contemporary experiences and cultural expressions of people of Mexican descent, broadly defined, within comparative, transnational, and global contexts. The program incorporates courses that engage history, migration, expressive culture, and critical analysis of the intersections of race, ethnicity, gender, and class. The social justice focus upholds Our Lady of the Lake’s mission as a Hispanic Serving Institution that strives “to be nationally recognized for our distinctive programs, our expertise in Mexican culture, and our diverse graduates who lead and serve with faith and wisdom to improve the world.”

05/05/2020

Hey Saints, check out all the fantastic courses we have coming up in summer and fall 2020! Need some advising? Message me or send me an email at [email protected]

https://spark.adobe.com/page/KWPV2T98o4WDt/

04/29/2020

Mexican American Studies at OLLU

Here's a short video (6 min.) that I created about the CMAS program at OLLU. Interested in majoring or minoring in Mexican American Studies? Message me!

https://www.loom.com/share/d371d2f55bd346098662c6ad40ef8e16

Check out a video I made via Loom

spark.adobe.com 04/29/2020

Mexican American Studies and Women's Studies Courses

Get into the spirit of Mexican American Studies! Here's a short presentation of the courses I'm teaching summer and fall 2020. There's also a link to view a video about the CMAS BA and new minor in Mexican American Studies. Message me if you want to learn more or need help registering.

spark.adobe.com See the story

02/29/2020

Join us for a pop-up rally for International Women's Day!

02/26/2020

My former CMAS 1301 student, Moses Porres, revived his artistic talents in my class. He was part of the post-Chicano Movement Zoot Suit revivals in Los Angeles during the 1980s. He still has his dr**es from that era. He also has original issues of Low Rider Magazine! We are lucky to have him at OLLU. He does a fantastic presentation on Pachuca/o culture (past and present), the Zoot Suit Riots, and the importance of following your dreams.

change.org 10/25/2019

Sign the Petition

Join me and our students and collegxs in the campaign to rid San Antonio College of the Ranger mascot (which they have now superimposed with a Mexican bandit??)

Texas Rangers lynched, murdered, and terrorized Indigenous people, Mexican Americans, and African Americans with impunity in Texas for over a century.

There is no justification for mascots or other representations that promote racist stereotypes or recall colonial violence in schools or anywhere for that matter.
http://chng.it/V2cNWcC6

change.org Change the SAC Mascot

09/19/2019

Felicidades to the Mexican American Student Association! We won the Spirit Day booth award and added some political spirit to the parade. Que viva MASA!

Videos (show all)

Charlas y Chispas: Decolonization
Felicidades to the Mexican American Student Association! We won the Spirit Day booth award and added some political spir...
Thank you to everyone who gave their talent, time, and energy to make the 4th Annual Summit for Mexican American Studies...
Another beautiful Cesar Chavez March today. Sí se puede!
Thank you to my former student extraordinaire, Moses Porras and his beautiful and talented daughter, Josie Porras for th...
Thank you to all who helped organize and participated in the public history symposium at OLLU. La Cosecha: Legacies of F...
This is what CMAS is all about! Today Dr. Marco Cervantes threw down some rhymes about social and racial justice for a p...
We learned some basics of playing la jarana and some Spanish too!
This is what Intro to Mexican American Studies looks like.

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