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CHST 101 - Arevalo - Fall 2023: Final Project

Course Description

This introductory course examines social, political, economic, and historical issues as they impact the Chicana/o/x experience in the U.S. Topics include identity, gender, language, race, sexuality, immigration, labor, poverty, and education. It is designed to acquaint students with the interdisciplinary models and paradigms developed within the field of Chicana/o/x Studies.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • (2) Provided with real-life scenarios, students will effectively discuss and analyze processes of cultural and knowledge production as a form of resistance. 
  • (3) While participating in an individual or group project, students will identify contemporary social justice initiatives to apply foundational theories and concepts in the course, such as, but not limited to race, identity, intersectionality, and agency.

The Outcomes

At the end of this month-long project, each student creates an original short children’s book. Everything in the children’s book is created with intention, from the storyline to the dedication page, all students are given opportunities to reflect on the importance of their unique cultural production.  

In addition to meeting course SLOs, this project also aids to sustain the college’s mission of anti-racism and life-long learning.

Things to consider for your children's story

  • Who has power, agency, and voice in your story? 

  • Think of context, history, and the bigger purpose of your story. 

  • Consider whether you are creating a story that is culturally authentic and representative.

  • Ensure that your story does not reproduce stereotypes or problematic ideas about Latinx people, our culture and communities.

  • Your story does not only have to be about hardship, struggle, or race for it to be critical and anti-racist. 

  • Your story can tackle Latinx issues while celebrating beauty, culture, joy, healing, love, family, friendship, community, and empowerment.