Calendar of Events

October 19, 2018 - 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Bilingual Education and Inclusion Policy in Mexico

Indigenous education in Mexico is characterized today as a highly centralized educational system. A national curriculum is compulsory for elementary education (general and indigenous) throughout the country. Although official educational and language policy supposedly promotes intercultural language maintenance education, Hispanicization (castellanización) prevails in most indigenous schools, i.e., submersion or fast transitional programs. The conference with a focus on the "T'arhexperakua – growing together" grassroots project of two P'urhepecha schools in the Michoacán highlands in central Mexico where teachers developed their own curriculum based on mother tongue education. They teach all subject matters and skills including literacy and mathematics in P'urhepecha. Spanish is taught with a specific L2 program. A documentary will be exhibited (Spanish & P'urhepecha with English subtitles) that covers more than ten years of collaborative action research. It shows how the specific curriculum and teaching practice facilitates the transfer of decontextualized and cognitively demanding skills from L1 to L2 and acquire significantly higher literacy skills in both languages than students in submersion programs.

SPEAKERRainer Enrique Hamel, Department of Anthropology, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Unidad Iztapalapa, México, D.F. 

Program Director: Indigenous Community and Intercultural Bilingual Education / Coordinator of the Project Language Policy in Latin America (Linguistics and Philology Association of Latin America)

TIME AND PLACE: Fri. Oct. 19th 12pm-2pm, Furcolo Hall Rm. #101, College of Education



October 11, 2018 - 11:30 AM to 12:45 PM

Critical Methodologies Seminar Series: Nolan Cabrera- Appropriating the Master's Tools: Critical Quant Analyses and the Fight For Ethnic Studies

Please join us for an event we are co-sponsoring with the College of Education as a part of their Critical Methodologies Seminar Series. This seminar is with Nolan Cabrera who will focus on Appropriating the Master's Tools: Critical Quant Analyses and the Fight For Ethnic Studies. The seminar is taking place Thur. Oct. 11th 11:30am-12:45pm in Furcolo Hall Rm. #101

See flyer for event info.

September 21, 2018 - 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

“Civic Engagement in Diverse Latinx Communities: Learning from Social Justice Partnerships in Action” (Symposium & Dialogue)

Join us for a day of presentations and dialogue between local community leaders/partners, faculty, staff and students who are developing social justice approaches to university-community partnerships within Latinx communities in Western Massachusetts. Community members will be co-presenting with their academic collaborators, and each panel will highlight the importance of developing collaborative pedagogies that recognize Latinx communities as specific sites of creative and dynamic civic engagement. 

This event is FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. You may register for the entire day or for specific panels.

For more details and the registration link, click here:


The Facebook event page is here:


9:00 – 9:30: Coffee/pastries & Welcome


Panelists: Dana Altshuler: Holyoke Public School ethnic studies coordinator / Joel Ariel Arce: UMass Amherst College of Education doctoral student / Dr. Laura Valdiviezo: Associate Professor, UMass Amherst College of Education / Director of UMass Center for Latin American, Caribbean and Latino Studies / Gloria Penagos: Migrant Program Coordinator, Holyoke-Chicopee-Springfield Head Start Inc. / Raúl D. Gutiérrez: Assistant Professor of Latinx Studies & Spanish, Holyoke Community College


Panelists: Maria Salgado-Cartagena: Program Coordinator, Community Partnerships fo Social Change, Hampshire College; People's Historian of Holyoke's Puerto Rican Diaspora / Vanessa Rosa: Assistant Professor of Latina/o Studies, Mount Holyoke College / Nelson Rafael Roman: Executive Director, Nueva Esperanza; Ward 2 Holyoke City Councilor / Joseph Krupczynski: Associate Professor, UMass Amherst Department of Architecture; Director of UMass Civic Engagement & Service-Learning



Panelists: Vanessa Pabon: Community Engagement Director, WGBY / Mari Castañeda: Professor and Chair, UMass Amherst Department of Communication; Associate Dean for Equity and Inclusion, The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS) / Tara Parrish, Executive Director, Pioneer Valley Project / Emily Rodriguez, Organizer Pioneer Valley Project / Jen Sandler: Lecturer, UMass Amherst Department of Anthropology; Director, UMass Alliance for Community Transformation (UACT)


Ginetta Candelario: Associate Professor of Sociology, Smith College; Director of the Program in Latin American and Latina/o Studies; faculty affiliate of the Study of Women and Gender Program

Also join us that evening from 5-7 PM for a reception from “Building Bridges,” a public art project by Joseph Krupczynski at the University Museum of Contemporary Art

The symposium/dialogue is generously sponsored by: 
The UMass Center for Latin American, Caribbean and Latino Studies (CLACLS)

Co-sponsored by: 
UMass Civic Engagement and Service Learning (CESL) and Department of Communication

Contact: Joseph Krupczynski:
or Mari Castañeda:

September 19, 2018 - 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM

First CLACLS Faculty Meeting

Welcome back CLACLS Faculty!

Join us and the new Director of The Center for Latin American, Caribbean and Latino Studies, Laura Valdiviezo, for our first faculty meeting of the academic year. 

The meeting will take place on Wednesday September 19th, 2018 from 11:30am-12:30pm in the CLACLS seminar room in Machmer Hall Rm. W-31D.

A light lunch will also be provided.

We look forward to seeing you all there!

April 27, 2018 - 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM

La Peña de UMass: A Creative Space for Community, Self-expression, and Resistance in these times

Besides meaning rock, a peña (pron: pen•ya) is a creative, dialogical space where people can express themselves and bear witness through sharing experiences, poetry, stories, music, ideas, and news that help the effort of resistance. Come to La peña de UMass to find community and build resistance creatively! All are welcome. Además de significar roca, una peña es un espacio creativo de diálogo, donde la gente puede expresarse y atestiguar compartiendo vivencias, poesía, historias, música, ideas y noticias que contribuyen a la resistencia. ¡Ven a La peña de UMass para crear comunidad y resistir con creatividad! Todos son bienvenidos. Sponsored by the Caribbean, Latin American and Latino Studies Program at UMass Amherst and Puentes Latinos.

April 23, 2018 - 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM

Neoliberal Law, Governmentality and De-democratization as Disaster "Management" in the Aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico

A Talk by:

César Pérez-Lizasuain, Instructor of Legal Studies, University of Massachusetts Amherst

He will discuss topics surrounding law, government, and the process of "de-democratization" in the wake of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.

*Refreshments will be served

April 19, 2018 - 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Rethinking Cuba: Feminisms, Revolution and Women

A Talk by:

Ailynn Torres Santana, Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences, Ecuador

A leading Cuban social scientist and feminist scholar PhD. Social Sciences. She will discuss topics surrounding feminism, revolution, and women in Cuba.

The talk will be conducted in spanish with translaton services available for non-spanish speakers.

April 18, 2018 - 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Center for Latin American, Caribbean and Latino Studies Undergraduate Student Social

Join us on Wednesday, April 18th from 4-6pm in Machmer Hall Seminar Rm. W31-D (the third floor seminar room on the Westside of the building) for an undergraduate social for students interested in the minor, certificate program, or who just want to learn more information! 

This is a chance to meet department faculty, mingle with other students with similar interests, and talk with advisors in a causal setting. We will have flyers with information for you to take.

Pizza, salad, and various refreshments will be served as well!



April 09, 2018 - 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Populism and Democracy in Latin America and the United States (A Roundtable)

Join us for a roundtable discussion on populism and democracy in Latin America and the United States on Monday, April 9th from 4-6pm in Thompson Hall Rm. 420. A number of guest speakers both from within the University and without will join together to hold an open discussion on the topic. This event is free and open to the public.

"The People and Populism"

Roberto Alejandro, Associate Professor, Political Science, UMass


"Populist-Constitutionaism in Latin America: the Cases of Venezuela, Boliva, and Ecuador"

Angelica Bernal, Associate Professor, Political Science, UMass


"All Populisms are Not Created Equal"

Robert Samet, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Union College


"Claiming the People's voice. Popular sovereignity and populism in Bolivia"

Luz Maria Sanchez, PhD Student, Political Science, UMass Amherst

March 30, 2018 - 1:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Puerto Rico After Hurricane Maria: Unnatural Disaster and Transnational Community Responses

The Center for Latin American, Caribbean and Latino Studies and the Department of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst are proud to present the conference “Puerto Rico After Maria: Unnatural Disasters and Community Responses” Friday, March 30th at the UMass Amherst Marriott Center. The general public and the media are invited to all panels and presentations.

There will be two keynote presenters. The first keynote presenter for the conference is Dr. Arturo Massol, a professor at the University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez and the Executive Director of Casa Pueblo. The second keynote presenter is Dr. Jorge Duany, the Director of the Cuban Research Institute and Professor of Anthropology at Florida International University.

During the conference, attendees will hear from scholars and community organizers to talk about the dire predicament of Puerto Rico and its 3.5 million U.S. citizens. Among others, guest panelists include: César Pérez Lisazuain, a visiting Professor in the Department of Political Science and Legal Studies at UMass; Marina Moscoso, a Urbanist and Activist; Mariolga Reyes Cruz, Contingent Faculty and Activist.

The conference will begin at 1:00 p.m. 



Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria: Unnatural Disaster and Transnational Community Responses

March 30th, 2018

Marriott Center

University of Massachusetts Amherst

Organized by the

Center for Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies


1:00pm-1:10pm Welcome & Opening Remarks:

John McCarthy, Interim Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs


1:10pm-2:00pm Opening Keynote:

“The Daily Life Insurgency: A Story of Survival, Resistance and Community Independence”

Arturo Massol, Casa Pueblo

Moderator: Roberto Alejandro


2:00pm-3:30pm Panel: Unnatural Disaster and Transnational Puerto Rican Responses

Chair: Aurora Santiago-Ortiz, University of Massachusetts Amherst 

“Aquí Vive Gente”: on people’s struggle for place”

Marina Moscoso, Casa Taft, University of Puerto Rico


“Entering The Contact Zone?: Between The Neoliberal Subject Of Resilience And The Possibility Of Emancipatory Politics In Puerto Rico’s Post-Maria”

Cesar Pérez-Lizasuain, Legal Studies, University of Massachusetts Amherst


“The Holyrican Experience”

Nelson Román, City Council Member, Holyoke; Executive Director, Nueva Esperanza


3:30pm-3:45pm Coffee Break


3:45pm-5:00pm  Workshop: University Responses to the Hurricane

Chair: Luis Marentes, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Guillermo Irizarry, University of Connecticut

Anne LambrightTrinity College

Mariolga Reyes Cruz, PARes, University of Puerto Rico


5:00pm-6:00pm Closing Keynote

"The Puerto Rican Exodus before and after Hurricane María"

Jorge Duany, Florida International University

Moderator: Agustin Lao-Montes, University of Massachusetts Amherst


6:00pm-7:00pm Reception