The KU Latinx Studies Initiative aims to support the production of research and community-based projects by creating a comprehensive network of scholars that will serve as an invaluable resource for community volunteers, activists, policy makers, and other groups. Together we are committed to create curriculum and programs that will directly affect the lives of Latinxs at KU, in the Midwest, and United States. As an interdisciplinary group of faculty who are collectively invested in diversifying KU’s curriculum and in educating our students about Latinx histories and struggles for social justice, the mission of the KU Latinx Studies Initiative is to:
- Promote knowledge about Latinx histories and cultures in the U.S. through our teaching, research, university service, and community engagement;
- Increase understanding of how historical, cultural, economic, and legal processes affect local, midwest and national Latinx communities and recent immigrants from Latin America;
- Provide education and resources for educators on the disparities disproportionately affecting Latinx communities in the U.S. and on how to integrate Latinx content into classrooms;
- Provide students and faculty with culturally competent and inclusive events, programs, and research with a firm background in the histories and cultures of Latinxs in the U.S.;
- Raise awareness of issues of social justice related to Latinx communities and to intersectional identities of class, gender, sexuality, and race / ethnicity;
- Contribute to and advocate for equitable and sustainable development of Latinx communities in Kansas, the Midwest region, and the nation;
- Partner with university and local and regional community allies to advance the well-being of Latinxs and society-at-large.