OLLAS: 10 Years in Photos
Click here to view a slideshow of photos from OLLAS' first 10 years.
OLLAS Featured in UNO Magazine
OLLAS was featured on page 16 of the Spring 2014 UNO Alumni Magazine. The article is entitled "Reaching the Summit," which highlighted the past 10 years of OLLAS accomplishments and possibilities for the next 10.
Dr. Lourdes Gouveia, OLLAS Director and Professor of Sociology, was also quoted in another article in the Spring 2014 UNO Alumni Magazine called "Don't Waste the Demographic Bonus for Nebraska" on pages 50-51.
Latinos and Inequality
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.
Celebrating a Decade: Cumbre 2013, Nov. 8-9, marked OLLAS' 10-year anniversary
Visit the Cumbre 2013 website: www.unomaha.edu/ollas/cumbre2013/.
The Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS) at UNO invited everyone to help us celebrate 10 years of advancing knowledge, influencing policy and changing lives together. Cumbre was 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 delivered luncheon keynote Nov. 9
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...
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.|
|Latino/Latin America Analyses.|
|Read about the latest Latino/Latin American
events and analyses here.
|Previous features & events.|
NEW! JOLLAS Issue Online
Chicana/Latina Feminism(s): Negotiating Pedagogical Borderlands
Chicana/Latina Feminism(s): Negotiating Pedagogical Borderlands
Read exciting new articles online with your JOLLAS subscription:
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
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 2013 trip was 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!
|Summer & Fall OLLAS Class Schedules Online Now|
NEW! Summer 2014 Class Offerings
The Summer 2014 class offerings are now
NEW! Fall 2014 Class Offerings
The Fall 2014 class offerings are now
NEW ONLINE COURSE! Latino Health Issues in the U.S.
View the flyer for the new online course: Latino Health Issues in the U.S.
NEW COURSE! Residential
View the flyer for the new course: Comparative Perspectives on Residential Segregation: The U.S. and Latin America.
NEW! Migration, Development and Citizenship ONLINE Course
View the flyer for the new online course: Migration, Development and Citizenship
|Cumbre 2013 Video, PowerPoints & Photos Online Now|
Cumbre 2013 Keynote Video
Relive the Cumbre 2013 keynote address with the full video! Click the image to watch the Cumbre 2013 Keynote Address: Education, Immigration and Civil Rights by Dr. Pedro Noguera.
Click here to watch the rest of the Cumbre 2013 panel videos.
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.
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 or interested in reading for leisure.
This month, we are featuring Voices of Indigenous Oaxacan Youth in the Central Valley: Creating Our Sense of Belonging in California / Voces de jóvenes indígenas oaxaqueños en el Valle Central: Forgando nuestro sentido de pertenencia en California
How do young adults who grew up in Oaxacan immigrant families in California’s Central Valley get involved in civic life? How do indigenous migrant youth build on their peoples’ cultural legacies while integrating into both Mexican and American communities in the Central Valley? They face the challenge of having to navigate several different cultures at the same time— the indigenous cultures that their parents brought with them, the broader Mexican culture that their communities are a part of, and then the dominant U.S. culture. Linguistic diversity is a central part of their lived experience— their parents often speak an indigenous language at home, they speak Spanish with friends (including other indigenous young adults whose parents speak different languages) —and they learn English at school. Most become bilingual, some even trilingual.
Young indigenous migrants in the Central Valley grow up immersed in these different cultures, accompanying their parents’ struggles at work for survival as farmworkers, and aware that education can be a pathway to better jobs – for some, at least. Yet some families migrate seasonally up to the Pacific Northwest, causing a late start to the children’s school year. While parents often remain engaged with their communities of origin, what about those who grew up in the US? Along the way, they frequently experience racial discrimination, both in Mexico and in the US, leading some to deny their indigenous heritage. At the same time, those immigrants who attend school in the US learn about the civil rights movement. In this context, how do indigenous young people decide how to commit to social change?
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
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...