CEC's Latinx Resources
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 StudiesThe 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
by Nathalia Jaramillo Year Published: NonfictionImmigration 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. by Gabby Riviera Year Published: 2016 Young Adult FictionYoung 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. 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.
by Sonia Sotomayor Year Published: 2016 AutobiographyDrawing 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. by Junot Diaz Year Published: 2014 FictionIn 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.
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.