OLLAS: Celebrating a Decade
10th Anniversary Video
Check out the OLLAS 10th Anniversary video featuring our wonderful partners highlighting some of our accomplishments in the last 10 years.
Click the image to view the video on YouTube.
Invisible & Voiceless: Latinos in Council Bluffs, Iowa
Council Bluffs Latinos lack access to decision-making roles and important civic services despite strong economic impact in the metro area.Click the image to read the report
While Latino immigrant workers in Council Bluffs, Iowa have contributed significantly to the Iowa and Nebraska economies, they remain virtually invisible and lack a voice in the city’s key venues and institutions – this according to a new report being released by the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS) and funded in part by the Iowa West Foundation.
The report, titled “Invisible & Voiceless” combines data from the 2010 Census with 26 interviews with members of Council Bluffs’ civic, government, education, religious, non-profit and business communities as well as Latino voices gathered at interviews and a small number of Spanish-language workshops and focus groups. Read more...
Celebrating a Decade: Cumbre 2013, set for Nov. 8-9, marks OLLAS' 10-year anniversary
Visit the Cumbre 2013 website: www.unomaha.edu/ollas/cumbre2013/.
The Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS) at UNO invites everyone to help us celebrate 10 years of advancing knowledge, influencing policy and changing lives together. Cumbre is free and open to the public (fee required to attend keynote luncheon). For more information, visit the Cumbre 2013 website.
Cumbre: Looking to the future
• Latin America and Latino-America transformed
• Migration, Policies and Migrants' futures
• Latino Politics and Civic Engagement
• Precarious Rights and Access to Education: Testimonios from two generations of Latino youth
For more information, visit the Cumbre 2013 website.
Pedro Noguera, Award-winning educator, author and activist to deliver luncheon keynote Nov. 9
OLLAS Spring 2014 Class Offerings
OLLAS Class Offerings for Spring 2014 are now available to view online. Click the image above to view the class offerings flyer in PDF.
NEW! JOLLAS Issue Online
Social Identity and Latino College Student Experiences in the United States
Social Identity and Latino College Student Experiences in the United States
Read exciting new articles online with your JOLLAS subscription:
¡Apoyamos La Educación de Nuestros Hija/os!: How Mexican Parents' College Knowledge, Perceptions, and Concerns Influence the Emotional and Behavioral Support of Their Children to Pursue Higher Education
OLLAS Informational Materials Available Online
|Read about OLLAS' mission and goals, along with information about the Latino/Latin American Studies (LLS) Major and Chicano/Latino Studies (CLS) Minor. This flat sheet also describes the OLLAS Job Credential and what some of our graduates have said about OLLAS.|
|Lea sobre la misión y los objetivos de OLLAS, junto con la información sobre la especialización en Estudios Latinos y Latinoamericanos (LLS) y la sub-especialización en Estudios Chicanos/Latinos (CLS). Este hoja informativa describe también la credencial de trabajo que ofrece OLLAS y lo que algunos de nuestros graduados opinan sobre OLLAS.|
|Read about our major and minor requirements, the OLLAS Job Credential, OLLAS staff and faculty and selected OLLAS Programs on this informational flat sheet.|
UNO Peru Study Abroad 2013 Blog
19 June 2013. If I heard “Macchu Pichu” five days ago, the first thought that would come into my mind was “oh, the lost city that looks like a maze made of stone.” As a group, we traveled about 12 hours for the trip to Macchu Pichu. I was not too sure what it would be like, despite my preconceptions. After our first 6 hours of travel, we hiked about ten minutes up a winding stone path and I was rewarded with the most breathtaking site I have ever seen in person..... Read more
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UNO Officials Traveled to Peru for Research, Education Partnership
Researchers at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) traveled to Lima, Peru, on Nov. 3, along with several other university officials, as part of an inter-university agreement with the Universidad Antonio Ruiz Montoya.
Funded by a grant from the University of Nebraska Foundation, the focus of the trip will be to establish a study-abroad and service learning specializing in water quality and water access in Latin America.
of the Great Plains
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Click for Summit Conclusions (English, Español and Clossing Session Presentation), bilingual workshop summary, presentations, photo gallery, reading list and evaluations from Cumbre 2010!!! and read more about Cumbre below. Go to: Cumbre 2010 webpage
Cumbre 2010 brought more than 500 participants from four continents, 15 countries, 14 states and a number of communities in Nebraska. We thank our supporters, volunteers and cosponsors for this success.
Here is one example of the many positive comments we have received about Cumbre 2010 and which summarizes many of the things we hope we are and wish to be (Para español ver más abajo):
"Thanks to the OLLAS team and volunteers for your organizational capacity, team building, your capacity to build alliances across institutions, your commitment with migrant communities, your capacity to offer friendship and enjoy life."
"Gracias al equipo de OLLAS y voluntarios por su capacidad organizativa, construcción de equipo, facilidad de construir alianzas institucionales, compromiso con los migrantes y sus comunidades, capacidad de ser amigos y disfrutar la vida."
Cumbre 2010 is cosponsored by the Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS), the International Network on Migration and Development (INMD), the National Association of Latin American and Caribbean Communities (NALACC) and a variety of local and national organizations.
The summit is being considered as one of the meetings being held in anticipation of the 2010 IV Global Forum on Migration and Development (Mexico), and the IV World Social Forum on Migration (Ecuador). A discussion about the significance of these forums as spaces for global immigration policy-making and a workshop to deepen civil society capacity to participate in these policy-making processes will be part of the summit’s activities
Cumbre 2010 provides a forum for diverse, international and local publics to engage in critical dialogues that speak to this year’s theme. Our main objectives are to share knowledge and increase our collective capacity to inform policy and effect change. Our focus is on Latino, migrant and Latin American communities within this hemisphere and across the globe. We welcome comparative analyses with, and experiences from, other migrant, ethnic and racial groups within and outside the United States. Read more...e Office of Latino/Latin American Studies of the Great Plains at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO), was established in the summer of 2003 as the result of ongoing efforts by the faculty, staff, and students of the UNO Chicano/Latino Studies (CLS) Program and a federal appropriation made possible by the U.S. Department of Education and the support of the Greater Omaha community.
OLLAS (pronounced "oy-yas")
The Office of Latino/Latin American Studies of the Great Plains at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) is turning 10 in 2013! Help us celebrate our accomplishments!
|New! Cumbre 2013 Video, PowerPoints & Photos Online Now|
NEW! Cumbre 2013 Videos
Relive the Cumbre 2013 panel discussions and keynote address with the full videos! Click the image to visit the Cumbre 2013 Video, PowerPoints and Photos page.
NEW! Cumbre 2013 PowerPoints
Catch the highlights of the Cumbre 2013 panels by viewing the presenters' PowerPoints! Click the image to visit the Cumbre 2013 Video, PowerPoints and Photos page.
NEW! Cumbre 2013 Photos
Revisit your favorite moments at Cumbre 2013 with all the photos! Click the image to visit the Cumbre 2013 Video, PowerPoints and Photos page.
OLLAS occasionally receives books related to the field of Latino/Latin American Studies. Here, in our "OLLAS Book of the Month" section, we will feature some of the exciting new titles that we receive.
Stop by and read them at the office in one of our comfy chairs. These books are also available to be checked out from OLLAS for students, faculty or community members working on research projects orinterested in reading for leisure.
This month, we are featuring Fire in the Canyon: Religion, Migration, and the Mexican Dream, by Leah Sarat (Available for 4-hour checkout.)
The canyon in central Mexico was ablaze with torches as hundreds of people filed in. So palpable was their shared shock and grief, they later said, that neither pastor nor priest was needed. The event was a memorial service for one of their own who had died during an attempted border passage. Months later a survivor emerged from a coma to tell his story. The accident had provoked a near-death encounter with God that prompted his conversion to Pentecostalism.
Be sure to check back for our next "OLLAS Book of the Month"!
The University of Nebraska at Omaha’s (UNO) Office of Latino and Latin American Studies (OLLAS) has released a report and policy brief, in conjunction with the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC), describing the serious health problems facing the growing Latino and immigrant populations in Nebraska and Iowa, particularly the Omaha-Council Bluffs metropolitan area. Read more...
The policy brief presents evidence for major barriers to access medical care for Latinos and immigrants and the potential impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to improve health insurance coverage. The brief also outlines some potential solutions. Read more...
Read the Press Release for more information about this OLLAS-UNMC Collaboration.
Dos informes de UNO, UNMC demuestran grandes disparidades en la salud y acceso al cuidado para los Latinos e inmigrantes en Nebraska y Iowa
Fall 2013 Class Offerings
The Fall 2013 class offerings are now
Although recent research from the Pew Hispanic Center suggests that the rate of recent immigration to the United States has slowed considerably, other studies clearly show that immigrants make substantial economic contributions to the communities in which they settle.
Using the US Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS) data for the sample period 2006-2010, this report focuses attention on the quantitative economic impact of first-generation, foreign-born individuals on the Omaha-Council Bluffs economy as well as the Nebraska and Iowa state economies in 2010. More ►
El impacto económico de los latinoamericanos y otros inmigrantes
Este resumen está basado en un reporte en inglés titulado: "The Economic Impact of Latin American & other Immigrants in Iowa, Nebraska & the Omaha-Council Bluffs Metropolitan Area". Este resumen, en español e ilustrado, es una herramienta que permite a la comunidad conversar sobre asuntos complejos en un lenguaje accesible. Este tipo de publicaciones responde a la misión y las metas de la Oficina de Estudios Latinos y Latinoamericanos (OLLAS) de crear espacios de aprendizaje más allá de las aulas universitarias.
Investigaciones recientes del Centro Hispano Pew estiman que la tasa de inmigración en los Estados Unidos se ha reducido considerablemente. Sin embargo, otros estudios también demuestran que los inmigrantes contribuyen de manera significativa a la economía de las comunidades en donde se establecen. Leer más ►
Latin America-UNO (LAUNO) Partnerships Earn Grant for Further Student Travel Opportunities through OLLAS
A UNO program focused on developing academic partnerships in Latin America and providing study abroad experiences for students has received $115,000 grant from the University of Nebraska Foundation.
The grant supports Latin America–UNO (LAUNO) Partnerships, a program created in collaboration with the Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS), Service Learning Academy, Department of Biology, and Department of Foreign Languages and Literature. With the funding, LAUNO will offer study abroad opportunities to South America, including Peru, Brazil and Costa Rica, and will integrate service learning aspects and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) programs. READ MORE ►
New OLLAS Metro
Area Latino Population Fact Sheet
Click the image above to read the fact sheet.
This is the first installment of fact sheets about the Latino population in the Omaha-Council Bluffs Metropolitan Statistical Area. Together, these fact sheets will provide the context for a forthcoming report on the economic and fiscal impacts of this population in the metro area. Read more...
Haz clic en el imagen arriba para leer el boletín informativo.
Este es el primer número de una serie de boletines informativos acerca de la población latina en el área estadística metropolitana de Omaha-Council Bluffs. Esta serie servirá de contexto al reporte venidero sobre los impactos económicos y fiscales de la población latina y migrante en el área metropolitana. Leer más...