• CEC's Latinx Resources

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    Pictured above is the Latin American Music Learning trunk. The CEC has many Latinx Resources available for checkout. You can find our searchable online catalog here and a list of our learning trunks here. We are currently trying to expand our Latinx Digital Curriculum and Educational Online resources. If you have suggestions please email us at mrc@spps.org. 


    Learning Trunks:

    Latinx Learning trunks


    Online Resources:

     PBS: Latino Americans

    The Latino Consent Decree

  • Why "Latinx?"

    Posted by Alyse Burnside on 6/13/2016 3:00:00 PM

    If you thought we'd mispelled Latino, here's an article on the term "Latinx," which includes gender queer and non-conforming peoples.

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    "While there have been different iterations of Latino/a or Latin@, the 'x' is a helpful reminder that I live on the border, and I transgress the gender border at every turn. Latinx helps me remember my commitment to being disruptive in my gender expression. Identifying as aTrans*gressive genderqueer Latinx, I embrace living on the border of fe/male and the constant crossing over and disruption of normative masculinity." – Robyn Henderson-Espinoza, PhD  --Latina Magazine

    Read the whole Article here:  http://www.latina.com/lifestyle/our-issues/why-we-say-latinx-trans-gender-non-conforming-people-explain

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By Month

Recommended Reading by Latinx Authors

  • Identity, Social Activism and the Pursuit of Higher Education: The Journey Stories of Undocumented..

    by Susana M. Muñoz Year Published: Cultural Studies
    The topic of immigration has become increasingly volatile in U.S. society, and undocumented college students play a central role in mobilizing and politicizing a critical mass of activists to push forth a pro-immigration agenda, in particular the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act. The DREAM Act is the only federal legislation that would grant conditional citizenship and some financial aid assistance to undocumented students who have completed two years of college or enlist in military service. Since the DREAM Act failed to pass, undocumented students have moved from peaceful marches to acts of civil disobedience, seeking to disrupt the public discourse that positions undocumented students as living in the shadows of our system. Undocumented college students have created public forums in which they «come out» from these invisible images and pronounce themselves as «undocumented and unafrai
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  • Immigration and the Challenge of Education

    by Nathalia Jaramillo Year Published: Nonfiction
    Immigration and the Challenge of Education is a social drama analysis of a school setting and neighborhood community in South Central Los Angeles. This book vividly portrays the lived experiences of a group of Latina immigrants (las madres) in South Central Los Angeles as they struggled to better the lives of students at Mirasur elementary school and to combat the violence in their community. Part ethnography and part testimony, the text weaves symbolic anthropology, narrative analysis, and critical participatory research into a broad methodological framework. Building upon Victor Turner's notion of social drama and the late Chicana feminist writer Gloria Anzaldúa's paths of conocimiento this text brings together the women's dialogue and observations of the world around them as they embarked on an oftentimes conflicting process of putting into action their developing political consciousness.   
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  • Juliet Takes a Breath

    by Gabby Riviera Year Published: 2016 Young Adult Fiction
    Young Adult Fiction Novel,  Protagonist Juliet Milagros Palante is leaving the Bronx and headed to Portland, Oregon. She just came out to her family and isn’t sure if her mom will ever speak to her again. But Juliet has a plan, sort of, one that’s going to help her figure out this whole “Puerto Rican lesbian” thing. She’s interning with the author of her favorite book: Harlowe Brisbane, the ultimate authority on feminism, women’s bodies, and other gay-sounding stuff. Will Juliet be able to figure out her life over the course of one magical summer? Is that even possible? Or is she running away from all the problems that seem too big to handle? With more questions than answers, Juliet takes on Portland, Harlowe, and most importantly, herself.
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  • Queer Brown Voices:Personal Narratives From...

    by Uriel Quesada Year Published: 2016 Essay/Personal Narrative

    Essays chronicling the experiences of fourteen Latina/o LGBT activists present a new perspective on the hitherto-marginalized history of their work in the last three decades of the twentieth century.

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  • Sonia Sotomayor: The True American Dream

    by Sonia Sotomayor Year Published: 2016 Autobiography
    Drawing on in-depth interviews with Sonia Sotomayor's former colleagues, family, friends, and teachers, New York Times bestselling biographer Antonia Felix explores Sotomayor's childhood, the values her parents instilled in her, and the events that propelled her to the highest court in the land. With insight and thoughtful analysis, Felix paints a revealing portrait of the woman who would come to meet President Obama's rigorous criteria for a Supreme Court justice, examining how Sotomayor's experiences shed light on her Supreme Court rulings-and how she will continue to write her great American legacy.
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  • This is How You Lose Her

    by Junot Diaz Year Published: 2014 Fiction
    In this book of short stories, Junot Diaz paints vivid, relatable portraits of love and relationships in Dominican culture. With each short story, the characters tell various perspectives of what it's like to experience love, loss and infidelity.
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  • Looking for more resources? Here is a list of local and national Latinx organizations:


    Navigate MN:  a leadership development program for immigrant young adults in Minnesota facing financial, social and legal barriers to achieve their dreams through changing unjust systems. Through NAVIGATE, these young adults help their community and themselves by working to access college education, jobs and legal status.



    Minnesota Council on Latino Affairs: Twin Cities organization whose mission is to ensure the social and economic well-being of Minnesota's Latino community through public service.



    Latino Economic Development Center: Local organization whose mission is to  transform our community by creating economic opportunity for Latinos.



    Hispanic Scholarship Fund: National organization providing scholarship opportunities for Latinx students and educators.



    National Latin@ Network: National Latin@ Networt is a nonprofit that provides critical and innovative services and support in our Minnesota Twin Cities communities, ranging from family advocacy and shelter services to leadership development and community engagement opportunities for Latin@ youth, women and men, to informing the work of the National Latin@ Network to shape public policy, research, and best practices in the field.