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.
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.
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.