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SSA H.igh School Potluck & Cultural Night

Please join the SSA Foreign Language Dept. in celebrating diversity @ our very 1st annual High School Cultural Night. High School students & families will bring a dish to share as we enjoy student talent. Students will showcase Turkish/Anatolian and Spanish/Latina culture through artworks, music, dance, poetry and food and drink!!! Former language students and families are also encouraged to participate!

Sign up contact: Ms. Paz Rivera 520-665-3400 x130

Date: 10/15/2010, Friday

Time: 6:00pm-9:00pm


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Elder Gathering & Floricanto Symposium & Exhibit - Dec 3-6, 2009

UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA & El Rio Neighborhood Center, 1390 W. Speedway Tucson, Az

Thurs. Dec. 3 4pm Opening Elders Reception
2nd Floor UA-Nugent Bldg – Native American Student Affairs
Celia Perez-Booth, Apache Grandma Emma Ortega, Apache Maestra Cobb, Tlahuica-Azteca
Thurs Dec 3 6pm Huehuetlahtokan – comida & platica: Chicanos Por La Causa 250 N. Silverbell Rd.

Fri. Dec. 4 - 10am-noon: Storytelling for elders El Rio Neighborhood Center
Fri. Dec. 4 - 10am-noon: Elder Storytelling for children, Davis School
Fri. noon: Movimiento Ollin Movement exhibit - UA Main Library
Fri. Dec. 4 1-4pm: Student Symposium UA-Social Sciences Aud. (Across from Chavez Bldg)
Fri. Dec. 4 5-10pm: Huehuetlahtokan-Elders gathering - UA-Social Sciences Auditorium
Celia Perez-Booth Gramma Emma Ortega Maestra Angelbertha Cobb
MAS 350 Student Play Honoring Tucson's Movimiento Honoring of elders
Raquel Salinas Teatro: “Mami, Mami, Quien Soy – You know who you are”

Sat. Dec 5 3-5pm: Student Symposium UA-Social Sciences Aud. (Across from Chavez Bldg)
Sat. Dec 5 5-7:30pm: In Xochitl In Cuicatl – Floricanto - UA-Social Sciences Auditorium
Safos Dance Theater
Poetry: Mixelle Rascon, Grecia Ramirez, Lane Santa Cruz
Zarco Guerrero: Face to Face in a Frenzy
Author, Demetria Martinez – Mother Tongue
Sat. 8pm: Raza Studies Rally Tucson to Phoenix 2009 Equity & Justice Run Documentary (SJEP)

Concert Suggested Donations to support the Huerta-Chavez Arch at Chavez Bldg.
Students: $10 advanced, $15 at door Gen. Adm. $15, $20 at door

Sun. Dec 6. 1-3pm: Storytelling & piñatas for children – El Rio Neighborhood Center
(bring a toy)

SPONSORS : UA-Mexican American & Raza Studies, American Indian Studies Program, UA-MEChA, Raza Studies-TUSD,
UA-Native American Student Affairs, UA-Chicano/Hispano Student Affairs & Resource Center, The University of Arizona
Libraries, El Rio Neighborhood Center, Red Ink, AROMAS, Los Universitarios. REFORMA, Social Justice Education Project,
Mexican American Student Association, The Frances McClelland Institute for Children, Youth & Families, Calpulli Teoxicalli
The MOVIMIENTO OLLIN MOVEMENT program is the work of Professor Roberto Dr. Cintli Rodriguez’s MAS 350 class:
Acosta, Elizabeth, Amador, Reynaldo, Anzaldo, David , Bernal, Maya , Boyum, Daniel, Chattopadhyay, Orin, De La Rosa,
Joseph C, De La Torre, Diana , De La Torre, Reyes , Delgado, Alexandria, Enriquez, Juan , Gaitz, Celia, Gesten, Carly, Graap,
Kevin , Humphrey, Ryan, Jensen, Caitlin, Ledley, Elliot, Lefton, Ryan, Loustaunau, Ersilia, Lozano, Amanda, Majalca, Leah,
Mejia, Jessica, Montijo, Luis, Padilla, Dolores, Perez, Priscilla, Portley, Grace, Pozo-desportes, Angelica, Quiroga, Cesar,
Ramirez, Grecia, Rodriguez, Pricila, Rodriguez, David, Rosa, Shuanna, Russell, Monica, Santiago, Nicholas, Valdez, Luis. And:
Barajas, Dina, Preciado, Melany, Encinas, Claudia.
For info re the gathering, the floricanto & exhibit tours, etc, contact: rodrigu7@email.arizona.edu 520-626-0824
For info re Aztlan Underground concert: Jessica jfmejia@email.arizona.edu or Tiffany at esc@email.arizona.edu





Raices Taller 222 Art Gallery and Workshop
Dia de los Muertos Workshop for Children !
Saturday October 24, 2009
10:00 - 11:30 AM


Raices Taller 222 Art Gallery and Workshop in collaboration with the University of Arizona Department of Spanish invites you to a community wide children's workshop in celebration of Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead).

Our Dia de los Muertos workshop focuses on the traditional Mexican stories and songs of Day of the Dead.  Participants will join us in exploring "rondas" - traditional Spanish songs for children.  Children will learn to sing old songs that have been passed down by oral tradition, as well as some traditional games.  The songs are in Spanish and the instructions are bilingual.  Children will also listen to short stories and learn to write Dia de los Muertos poems.

Workshop will be facilitated by Alba Nora Martinez, PhD., Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Arizona.  Alba Nora's research interests include Mexican Children's Literature and Bilingual Elementary Education.  Her areas of study include Spanish and Culture, Children's Literature in Spanish, and Spanish for Teachers.  Instructors are all University of Arizona students currently enrolled in Dr. Martinez's  Children's Literature classes.

This workshop is designed for children ages Kindergarten - 6th grade.  Parents or guardians must accompany children.

Workshop is free - donations gladly accepted!

Saturday October 24, 2009
10:00 - 11:30 AM

Raices Taller 222 Art Gallery & Workshop
218 E. 6th St.
Tucson, AZ 85705
(520) 881-5335

This community wide workshop is made possible in part by a Family Arts Activities Grant from Tucson Pima Arts Council.  Support also comes from the University of Arizona Department of Spanish and Portuguese Summer 2009 Workshops for Children, our wonderful volunteers and donors from throughout the community, and Raices Taller 222 Art Gallery and Workshop member artists.

Raices Taller 222 Art Gallery and Workshop is Tucson's only Latino based non-profit cooperative
contemporary art gallery located in the Downtown Historic Warehouse District









 You are invited to

CHSA's Dia de los Muertos Celebration

Friday, October 30, 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Chavez Bldg, room 205

Music, food and altares


This is a Faculty-Student interaction event, so invite one or two of your faculty and join us. 
Learn about this special cultural celebration--
See the altars, taste a traditional Dia de los Muertos meal--and have a slice of Pan de Muerto.


Participating classes:

CHSA's Success Express class, and
Spanish 450 Conversation class
Music by Mariachi Luz

Questions?  Contact CHSA at 621-5627


What are you doing October 21 and 22?

CNN's Latinos in America
By 2050, the U.S. Latino population is expected to nearly triple. This October, CNN's Soledad O'Brien explores how Latinos are reshaping our communities and culture and forcing a nation of immigrants to rediscover what it means to be an American

WATCH CNN's Latinos in America and share your thoughts and reaction on CHSA's Facebook  about the program, and come to CHSA to hear from Isabel Garcia, who is one of the 'Garcia's' interviewed for the program.
DATE for this follow up discussion with Isabel Garcia is TBA (must reschedule original date of Oct. 27). 



Hispanic College Fund (HCF)l

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, PepsiCo is partnering with the Hispanic College Fund (HCF) to promote higher education among Hispanic students. The 2009 Pepsi Hispanic Heritage Month program’s main feature, is a bilingual website ( http://www.buildurdestiny.com or http://www.construyetudestino.com), that will offer information and resources to help parents and students through the college application process.


The program will launch on September 14th and end October 18th to coincide with Hispanic Heritage Month. The site’s main feature is an opportunity for students to apply to a special merit scholarship, where the recipients will be selected by HCF.  Thirty PepsiCo scholarships will provide recipients with financial assistance for their college and post-graduate studies:

5 Major Awards – $4000 Tuition Scholarship each

25 Secondary Awards –  $500 Tuition Scholarship each

Entries for the merit-based scholarships will be accepted online.  Applicants will have until March 1, 2010, from their date of entry to submit paperwork required for consideration.  Evaluation, selection, notification and student acknowledgement of award will take place from March 2nd- April 30th.  All Scholarships will be awarded in September 2010.  The website will also feature a daily Hispanic Heritage Trivia question that will enter participants in a daily and weekly sweepstakes with spectacular prizes, such as notebook laptops.


To learn more about this program go to www.buildurdestiny.com .


Social Justice Education Project

The Social Justice Education Project is organizing a community film
night for our students, families, alumni, and teachers. Our fall
Encuentro creates a space for SJEP and CPLC Community Schools
students from different high schools and community organizations to
network, strengthen and expand relationships, and helps us fulfill
our goal of becoming a true community organization!  I have
included our schedule and flyer for the event and we hope you can
join us.

Social Justice Education Project

Give me Knowledge or Give me Hostility Premiere 2009
Collaboration between Tierra y Libertad & SJEP
October 15th
@ Toltecalli Academy
251 W Irvington Rd
Tucson, AZ 85714

6:00-6:30       Gallery & Garden Exhibit
6:30-6:40       Maria Federico-Brummer y Pricila Rodriguez
6:40-6:50       Equity & Justice Run [SJEP short]
6:50-7:00       Precious Knowledge [trailer]
7:00-7:15       Spoken Word
7:15-7:30       Give me Knowledge or Give me Hostility [SJEP documentary premiere]
7:30-7:45       Spoken Word
7:45-8:15       Freedom School/TYLO Youth
8:15-8:30       Q&A with filmmakers and presenters

*Comida will be served @6! Art, books, and more for sale!

Thank you to our financial supporters!

Helios Education Foundation, Augustine B. Jimenez III, Gerald &
LaDona Geise, San Francisco State University, The Stocker
Foundation, Pima County, Every Voice in Action, Mexican American
Raza Studies, Tucson Unified School District, Mexican American
Studies & Research Center, University of Arizona, Pima County

UA Poetry Center to Host Annual High School Corrido Contest
Oct. 3 at the UA Poetry Center,

UA Poetry Center will host the Bilingual Corrido Contest for high school students during its Education Field Day.
The UA Poetry Center is hosting the event, which is in its 10th year and was developed to celebrate the region's Hispanic heritage and to bolster pride in its artistic forms.

Teaching the corrido and recognizing young practitioners encourages historical and cultural awareness and provides students with a vehicle to express themselves. 

The field day will be held Oct. 3 at the UA Poetry Center, which is located at 1508 E. Helen St. Media representatives are invited to attend the event. Part of the program is to teach students in preparation of a corrido contest the center hosts.

The day culminates in a concert and open mic performance, which will be held 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Winners of the High School Corrido Contest will be recognized during an awards ceremony, featuring their original corrido lyrics set to music and performed by professional local musicians.

The deadline for students to enter the contest is Dec. 11 and winners will be announced sometime in February. The awards ceremomy will be held in April. Awards are $300 for first place, $200 for second and $100 for third.



40 Year Celebration of Raza/Ethnic Studies

Wed. Sept 16, 4-6pm
Cesar Chavez Bldg #205
Food/drinks 6-7pm

?I Ran Because Ethnic Studies is My Life?
By Roberto Dr. Cintli Rodriguez

Under the banner of ?Running For Our Lives,? students from the University of
Arizona made history this past summer as they walked and ran from Tucson to
Phoenix, in support of ethnic studies. They are the latest who have had to
defend the very existence of Ethnic or Raza Studies.

These runners will be honored Wednesday, the 16th of September as the community
of Tucson will gather at the Cesar Chavez building to find out why they were
willing to risk their lives.

The Running for our Lives 3-day event began in front of the Tucson Unified
School District Building at the end of June. Some 150 community members walked
from there to the West Side, to Joaquin Murrieta Park. From there, about 50
runners then proceeded on their trek through the desert.

In 113-plus degree heat, as the several dozen runners made it into the plaza in
front of Arizona?s state capitol, onlookers were startled, attempting to find
out who they were. By then, they were no longer running but had been joined by
another hundred supporters who had peacefully walked and gathered in a circle
below the blazing sun. The onlookers were heard whispering, thinking it was a
?protest? against [Sheriff Joe] Arpaio or against the state?s many
anti-immigrant bills.

The run was not a protest, but a ceremonial prayer, led by Calpulli Teoxicalli
? a Chicano Indigenous group of Tucson families ? supported by the Yoeme
and Akimel O?odham nations.

It boggles the mind why young people ? students, teachers, counselors,
entrepreneurs, construction workers and nurses ? would place themselves at
the mercy of the desert and the blazing sun. Indeed, one runner went into
seizure, several succumbed to heat exposure and one fainted in front of the

They did so because of the anti-ethnic studies bill (S.B. 1069), a bill that in
effect would have prohibited the teaching of ethnic studies in the state of

Pricila Rodriguez, an alum of Raza Studies at Tucson High School and now a 1st
year UA student, commented: ?I ran because of my brother. He is in a constant
battle with school. I believe that these classes will reengage him in his
education and hopefully push him to further his education? These classes have
reconnected me to my ancestral roots and expanded my mind? giving me the ganas
(will) to transform the world.?

Maya Bernal, a second year student at the U of A chimed in: ?I ran for my
sanity? I ran in order to keep alive an educational program that promotes
positivity in humanity. I ran because Ethnic studies is my life.?

At the capitol, Cloves Campbell, an African American state representative,
invoked the memories of the Selma to Montgomery 55-mile civil rights marches of
1965. Just then, word spread that the anti-ethnic studies bill been dropped?
but that it would be revived next year.

In part, everyone was motivated in preventing this bill from becoming a national
movement, yet, on the run, no one was thinking about politics or politicians.
Everyone was conscious of the tremendous sacrifice, a sacrifice many of the
youths are willing to do make again.

Jacob Robles, of the Social Justice and Education Program at the U of A summed
it up best: ?At the end of the run I never felt more grounded and certain of
my self. I was amazed by the deeper journey I had within my self and realized
exactly what my elders talked about: even though these ceremonies are tough and
are a big sacrifice, they are a responsibility. They teach us lessons about
getting through life and remind us the importance of community and working
together. These are lessons that are applied everyday in the ethnic studies
classes. Lessons that are thousands of years old and as American as the Bald

The 4pm Wednesday celebration will be both an honoring, but also a celebration
in honor of the 40th anniversary of the creation of Ethnic Studies and the 40th
anniversary of Movimiento Estuduantil Chicano de Aztlan (Chicano Student
Movement of Aztlan). The Tucson community will also be coming to support the
Department of Mexican American and Raza Studies in its effort to create a PhD
program in Raza Studies.

The event is being sponsored by MEChA, Raza Studies-TUSD, Department of Mexican
American and Raza Studies-UA, Mexican American Student Association-UA, and the
Social Justice and Education Program and Calpulli Teoxicalli.

Rodriguez, an assistant professor at Mexican American Studies at the University
of Arizona, can be reached at XColumn@gmail.com or 520-626-0824


Roberto Dr. Cintli Rodriguez
Assistant professor
Cesar Chavez Bldg Room 214
PO BOX 210023
Tucson AZ 85721


Blossoms of Fire - Documentary Film
September 16, 2009
7:00 pm, Gallagher Theatre

Screening of "Blossoms of ire," http://www.maureengosling.com/ramo/about/about.html. The documentary follows the lives of the legendary women of Juchitán, a city in Oaxaca, Mexico. They live in a community that defies cultural norms as their society is a matriarch, and everyone holds views contrary to what many would expect.
Sponsored by Women's Resource Center and CHSA


Generational Activism:  Latino activism at the UA and the History of CHSA.
September 17, 2009
3:30 - 5:00 pm
Chavez, room 205
Reflections on the Impact of Plyler v. Doe on Arizona's Public Schools: A community forum on public education and immigrant students

Thursday, September 17, 2009 at 5:307:30 p.m.
(Reception to follow)
Room 164 in the James E. Rogers College of Law Building, University of Arizona, 1201 E. Speedway

Keynote: Judge Linda Yañez, 13th District Court of Appeals, State of Texas
Prof. Celestino Fernandez
Department of Sociology
University of Arizona
Fourth Panelist Invited
Lupita Cavazos-Garcia
Assistant Superintendent
Tucson Unified School District
Juan Yañez
Student, Iraq Veteran United States Marines
This forum is sponsored by:
Goldman & Goldman, P.C.
Bacon Immigration Law & Policy Program




Welcome Reception

Pulitzer Prize Winner


Photographer and Speaker

Native Tucsonan and UA grad

He’ll be showing photos and talking about

his latest work documenting the huge impact

of immigration on the South.


            Since the late 1960s, José Galvez has used black and white photography to document Latino life and culture in the United States. Galvez's photographs have been exhibited in museums and galleries here and abroad. But more often, you’ll find his photographs displayed at schools, libraries, fiestas, lowrider shows, and rodeos.

            In 2004, José and his family moved to North Carolina and he has devoted himself to photographing Hispanic immigration in the South. One of his recent grant projects has been “Land of Opportunity: Latino Entrepreneurs of North Carolina.” 

            José will also be signing copies of his latest book, Shine Boy, which features his childhood stories alongside photographs taken over his career.

Thursday, September 17th, 2009


El Parador

2744 E. Broadway

Cost $15 per person

  Mail Checks to:  HPAC P.O.Box 89 Tucson, AZ 85702

For more information call 520 444-8596



Arizona State Museum Opens Border Exhibition

Border long

A mixed-media display created by students living along U.S.-Mexico border on display at the Arizona State Museum. (Credit: Jewel Fraser Clearwater, The Border Project)

Border project student

Students wanted their photographs taken with a line drawn through their faces to display how borders have come to affect their lives. (Credit: Jewel Fraser Clearwater, The Border Project)

The Border Project will be housed at the Arizona State Museum through Nov. 6.

By University Communications
September 15, 2009

The Border Project, a traveling exhibition, takes on the cultural history of the border an artistic medium to high school students who deal with the cultural dynamics of the U.S.-Mexico border every day.

The Border Project is a mixed-media art installation featuring the artistic work and the perspectives of high school students living along the Arizona-Mexico, the Tohono O'odham Indian Reservation and in Ajo, Ariz.

This exhibition comes to Arizona State Museum courtesy of a collaborative of artists, teachers, students and community members who, under the artistic direction of Morgana Wallace, created The Border Project.

The exhibition was part of the Museum on Main Street, a cultural collaboration between the institution and the Federation of State Humanities Councils.

Wallace, an artist and teacher is a resident at the Curley School, an artist community in Ajo, moved to the area from the Northwest making the border and its issues new to her.

When Wallace became aware of the Border Project she applied for and was selected to create a local exhibition. She turned to the students she teaches at the Curley School's Las Artes GED program and the students at Tohono O'odham High School as well as students at Cobach High School in Sonoyta, Sonora, Mexico.

From her experience in working with youth in Wallace knew students in her community could uniquely visually express how borders had personally impacted their lives.

"Because of its isolation, Ajo was an ideal location for a new exhibition that involves discussion and support on border issues," says Wallace. "This exhibition may have been the first opportunity for young people to voice their opinions in a very deliberate and powerful way."

The project was funded through a partnership between the Tucson Pima Arts Council and the International Sonoran Desert Alliance.

Beginning in October 2007, Wallance worked with three school districts to collect the students' perspectives on borders and then worked with the students in the creation of a personal symbol representing their feelings and attitudes.

Photographer Jewel Fraser Clearwater documented the project, including the student portraits.

Students ages 16 to 18 participated by discussing borders as a word, an object and a personal symbol. The students then wrote, discussed and drew and sculpted on the issue while Wallace and Fraser observed, photographed and recorded the process.

The final piece provided their community with the youth's perspectives on a pressing issue which is very close to home.

On Saturday, Oct. 17 the Arizona State museum will host "Culture Craft Saturday: The Border Project" from 1 to 4 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public and offers interactive and hands-on activities related to The Border Project exhibit.

Tucson and surrounding area teachers are invited to the museum on Oct. 17 for a teacher workshop on The Border Project from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Teachers will explore the history, culture and issues surrounding the U.S.-Mexico border, listen to scholars, watch a film, participate in discussions and engage in hands-on approaches for integrating border exploration to implement to curriculums.

There is a $20 registration fee for those interested in the teacher workshop that includes lunch and a resource packet.

Interested teachers can call 520-626-2973 for more information.

The Culture Craft Saturday and the teacher workshop are offered in partnership with the University of Arizona's Center for Latin American Studies.

  • Contact Info

    Darlene F. Lizarraga

    520- 349-2577