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UNO political scientist discusses Fremont vote
KIOS 91.5 FM, 02/14/2014

Dr. Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado, OLLAS Associate Director for Engagement and Professor of Political Science, was interviewed by KIOS regarding a recent vote to deny rental housing to undocumented immigrants in Fremont, NE.

Led by UNO, grass-roots effort in Council Bluffs aims to mold leaders within Latino community
Omaha World-Herald, 02/11/2014

OLLAS and the OLLAS Community Engagement Coordinator Claudia Lucero were featured in this Omaha World-Herald article about our ongoing project in Council Bluffs, and the new Latino leadership group there, "Comite Fuerza y Unión."

Immigrants' kids use the power of education, hard work to realize the American dream
Omaha World-Herald, 01/11/2014

Dr. Lourdes Gouveia, OLLAS Director, Dr. Lissette Aliaga-Linares, OLLAS Research Associate, and Roxana Cortés, OLLAS graduate were quoted in this article about immigrant families placing value on higher education and hard work to achieve the American dream.

OLLAS report looks at role of Latino population in Council Bluffs
KIOS 91.5 FM, 11/12/2013

This article discusses an OLLAS report about Latinos in Council Bluffs, Iowa. The report pointed out the role that Latinos play in Council Bluffs and some recommendations for improved integration.

Study: Council Bluffs lacks services for Latino residents
Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil, 11/09/2013

An OLLAS report authored by María Teresa Gastón and others at OLLAS demonstrated the lack of services for the Latino population in Council Bluffs, Iowa. This report was produced as part of an ongoing project with the Latino population in Council Bluffs.

Percepciones distorsionadas impiden la integración de hispanos en Nebraska
Vista Semanal, 08/23/2013

Lissette Aliaga-Linares, OLLAS research associate was featured in this article about the reasons behind Latin American migration, and the distorted perceptions on the part of mainstream America.

Nebraska's Hispanic/Latino Population Could Triple by 2050
NET News, 08/20/2013

Lissette Aliaga-Linares, OLLAS research associate was quoted along with research coordinator David Drozd from the UNO Center for Public Affairs Research, about Latino population growth in the state.

Omaha, Council Bluffs Latinos less likely to have insurance
Omaha World-Herald, 03/18/2013

A collaborative effort from University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO), University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC), and Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (NDHHS) researchers has culminated in the production of a report and a policy brief entitled respectively, Health Profile of Nebraska's Latino Population and The Impact of Health Reform and the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on Latinos and Immigrants in the Omaha-Council Bluffs Metropolitan Area. This Omaha-World Herald article highlights some of the key findings of the research.

Hagel sworn-in as Secretary of Defense, with sequester looming
KIOS 91.5 FM, 02/27/2013

OLLAS Assistant Director and Professor of Political Science, Dr. Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado was interviewed by KIOS to discuss the appointment of former Nebraska senator Chuck Hagel to the position of Secretary of Defense. Dr. Benjamin-Alvarado noted that in spite of the upcoming budget cuts, "Hagel must make the case for keeping critical Defense programs in place."

OLLAS Charla Series Features Immigration Update Feb. 12
E-Notes, 02/07/2013

OLLAS continues its 2012-2013 Charla series with a conversation with Chuck Pratt, Community Relations Officer, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Officer Pratt will present a lecture titled “Immigration Update: An insider’s perspective on the latest developments in immigration policy.” He will also share helpful information and answer questions about the risks associated with the unauthorized practice of immigration law Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Secured Communities, and Temporary Protective Status (TPS) programs.

UNO Researchers Release Report on Immigrant Economic Impact
KIOS 91.5 FM, 01/03/2013

Dr. Chris Decker was interviewed by Omaha's KIOS 91.5 FM radio station regarding the study produced by OLLAS regarding the economic impact of Latin American and other immigrants on the economies of Iowa, Nebraska and the Omaha-Council Bluffs Metropolitan Area.

Past news below
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2012 ▼

UNO study: Immigrant workers boost local economy
Omaha World Herald, 12/04/2012

Omaha World Herald reports on the new study produced by OLLAS regarding the economic impact of Latin American and other immigrants on the economies of Iowa, Nebraska and the Omaha-Council Bluffs Metropolitan Area. Dr. Lourdes Gouveia, OLLAS Director, was quoted along with Dr. Christopher Decker, leading author of the report.

'Through our Words: Third Annual Creative Contest in Spanish' Book Presentation Dec. 1 at Criss Library
E-Notes, 11/30/2012

OLLAS faculty and professor of Spanish, Dr. Claudia Garcia directed the third annual Creative Writing Contest in Spanish "Through Our Words/A Través de Nuestras Palabras" throughout the year of 2012. The Contest was open to Nebraska students grades 5-12. The first ever book presentation on December 1st was the culmination of the Contest, and it features the first and second prize winning stories in all categories. Stop by the OLLAS Office (ASH 102) to view the publication.

Nebraskans' views shifting on immigration
Omaha World Herald, 11/11/2012

OLLAS faculty and political science professor Dr. Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado was interviewed by the Omaha World-Herald regarding a poll which showed that more than half of Nebraskans are in favor of "allowing illegal immigrants who are working in the United States to keep their jobs and pursue legal status."

OLLAS Charla Series Features 'The Spirit of Cuba: A Conversation with a Cuban Theologian'
E-Notes, 10/29/2012

The 2012-2013 OLLAS Charla series kicked off with a conversation with Miriam Ofelia Ortega Suárez, a Cuban theologian and member of Cuban Parliament.

UNO Officials and Faculty Travel to Lima, Peru to Expand Students' Global Engagement Opportunities
E-Notes, 10/24/2012

UNO officials, together with faculty from OLLAS (the Office of Latino/Latin American Studies) and Biology, traveled to Lima, Peru on Saturday, Nov. 3, to sign an inter-university agreement with the Universidad Antonio Ruiz de Montoya. The agreement will help institutionalize global engagement opportunities for students, faculty and the Metropolitan community at large.

Cinemateca celebrates culture, diversity
KVNO News, 08/27/2012

UNO Professor Dr. Steven Torres of OLLAS and the Foreign Languages Department was interviewed regarding Cinemateca. The story highlights two of the films, A Better Life and Pelotero: Ballplayer.

Latin infusion/inclusion hits UNO
UNO Gateway, 09/04/2012

Omaha's third biennial Latino/Latin American film series, presented by OLLAS in collaboration with Film Streams, Omaha's only non-profit cinema, was featured in this article. The article provides a brief description of some of the films, and includes an interview with Film Streams director, Rachel Jacobson.

Cinemateca Returns
El Perico, 08/30/2012

Several members of the OLLAS faculty were quoted in this article about the third biennial Cinemateca film series, presented in collaboration with Film Streams. Cinemateca is a Latino/Latin American film series which features discussions after special screenings of the films to provide a space for engagement with this important subject matter.

Festival shines spotlight on Spanish-language films
Omaha World-Herald, 08/30/2012

Professor Dr. Steven Torres, of UNO's OLLAS and Foreign Languages Department, was interviewed by the Omaha World Herald regarding the 3rd Biennial Cinemateca Series, which kicked off on August 31, 2012. The series features films from various genres and countries. Click here to go to the OLLAS Cinemateca page.

UNO's Latin America Partnership Program Wins Grant
E-Notes, 08/22/2012

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.

Salsa dancing to help kick off Cinemateca film series
Omaha World-Herald, 08/21/2012

A list of upcoming events includes Cinemateca 2012 Preview Party at El Museo Latino which will feature music, food, drinks, salsa dancing demonstration and social dancing.

Film Streams at Five
The Reader, 07/25/2012

This article from The Reader discusses the state of Omaha's non-profit Film Streams cinema as it turns five years old. The article mentions the OLLAS-Film Streams collaborative Latin American film series, Cinemateca, which will be returning to Film Streams' Ruth Sokolof Theater for the third time, starting with the Preview Party on August 24 at 7pm, hosted at El Museo Latino in South Omaha. OLLAS Director, Dr. Lourdes Gouveia, is quoted regarding the partnership.

UNO Students Take Study Abroad Trip to Cuba
E-Notes, 07/18/2012

UNO OLLAS and political science professor Dr. Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado is leading a group of six students on an international service learning trip to Havana, Cuba, where they will help in the renovation of an Afro-Cuban cuture and dance group's historic theater.

Film Streams Celebrates its 5th Anniversary
91.5 KIOS-FM, 07/11/2012

The Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS) was mentioned in a KIOS article about Film Streams' fifth anniversary. The Spanish-language Cinemateca film series, which is presented by Film Streams in partnership with OLLAS every other year, will take place this fall.

OLLAS Announces the Latest Issue of JOLLAS Is Now Available
E-Notes, 07/02/2012

The latest issue of the Journal of Latino/Latin American Studies (JOLLAS) is now available online. JOLLAS is an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal housed in the Office of Latino/Latin American Studies at UNO. The journal follows a special-issue format. The latest special issue is called "Recent Issues in Latino Labor and Migration Around the Globe: Interdisciplinary Approaches."

New Study Abroad Initiative in Brazil Led by OLLAS
E-Notes, 06/27/2012

OLLAS director and sociologist, Dr. Lourdes Gouveia, led a group of students from UNO, UNL and UNMC in a study abroad and service learning experience in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The students spent three weeks in Brazil learning about critical issues facing Brazil, and the country's successes and challenges. NU President Milliken and the University of Nebraska Foundation have made this opportunity possible through a grant.

Latino leaders mostly pleased with Arizona ruling
Omaha World Herald, 06/26/2012

The Omaha World Herald quoted OLLAS director and sociologist, Dr. Lourdes Gouveia, and OLLAS Assistant Director and political scientist, Dr. Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado, regarding the Supreme Court's decision overturning some provisions of the 2010 Arizona immigration law, S.B. 1070.

Immigrant grads relieved by new policy
Omaha World-Herald, 06/16/2012

Dr. Lourdes Gouveia, OLLAS director and sociology professor, was quoted in the Omaha World Herald. The article discussed attitudes about a policy announced by President Obama to "stop deporting and begin granting work permits to those under age 31 who came to the United States before they were 16 and have since led law-abiding lives."

Latino growth rapid in Sarpy County
Omaha World-Herald, 06/12/2012

The Omaha World Herald featured the findings of the first in a series of three fact sheets produced by OLLAS this summer, "Demographic Characteristics of the Latino Population in the Omaha-Council Bluffs Metropolitan Area," with an emphasis on Sarpy County. The article highlights some of the key statistics in the fact sheet.

Visiting graves: The remembering ritual
Omaha World-Herald, 05/27/2012

Maria Arbelaez, OLLAS faculty and associate professor of history, was quoted in the May 27 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article discussed the grave visits as an important tradition among Latino immigrants from Mexico and other countries that have carried on in the United States.

Winners of Third Annual Creative Writing Contest Featured on Local Television Show
Channel 22 (CTI 22), 05/10/2012 and 05/17/2012, 5:30-6pm

The winning entries from the Third Annual "Through Our Words" Creative Writing Contest in Spanish were read aloud on the Mexican Consulate's television show on Channel 22 by the authors, who were students from grades 5-12 in Nebraska schools. The contest is supported by the Nebraska Humanities Council, the Omaha Mexican Counsulate, the UNO Department of Foreign Languages and OLLAS.

UNO Investigates Institutional Partnership with a Peruvian University
E-Notes, 01/11/2012

Juan Casas, OLLAS interim director, and Paul Sather, Service Learning Academy director, traveled to Lima, Peru to meet with officials of Peruvian universities in order to gather information pertaining to the mutual benefits of a formal agreement.

2011 ▼

Prominent Mexican Politician Cuauhtémoc Càrdenas to Visit UNO Today
UNO E-Notes, 11/10/2011

The Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS) at UNO will present its second Charla of the 2011-2012 Charla series today, Nov. 10. The charla (which means "chat" or "conversation" in Spanish) will be given by Mexican politician Cuauhtémoc Càrdenas. During the charla attendees will have the opportunity to hear about the current Mexican political climate and U.S.–Mexico relations from one of the most influential Mexican political figures of the last three decades. In addition, attendees will also have the opportunity to ask specific questions of Càrdenas.

Coming to America: The Immigrant-Refugee Mosaic Unfolds in New Ways and in Old Ways in Omaha
The Reader, 07/10/2011
By Leo Adam Biga

Dr. María Arbelaez, OLLAS faculty and professor of history, was quoted in the July 10 edition of The Reader. The article discussed the history of immigrant and refugee population in Omaha.

Cooparating with Cuba. A UNO Professor explores the country's energy future - and how it might help the United States
UNO Magazine. Summer 2011

Dr. Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado, OLLAS assistant director and associate professor of political science, was quoted in the Summer 2011 issue of the UNO Magazine. The article discussed the exploration of the U.S.' energy future and possible cooperation with Cuba.

Blog Chronicles UNO Service-Learning Efforts in Peru
UNO E-Notes, 6/16/11

The Latin American Study Abroad Program of the Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS) has sent several UNO students and professors to Lima, Peru, this month. The group is documenting their trip online at http://unoperu2011blog.wordpress.com/. The course combines a two-week study abroad experience with distance education and service learning. The students and professors will assist with the construction of a much-needed child care center in a small town near Lima.

Cinco de Mayo connects generations
Omaha World Herald, 05/06/11

Dr. Lourdes Gouveia, director of OLLAS and professor of sociology, and her students were quoted in the May 6 edition of the Omaha World Herald. The article discussed the students at South High and the University of Nebraska at Omaha service learning project that dealt with aging Latinos.

Tears of Hope --
El Perico, 05/05/11 - 05/11/11
(page 8 and 10)

Dr. Lourdes Gouveia's students were quoted in the early May edition of the El Perico. The article discussed the students at South High and the University of Nebraska at Omaha service learning project that dealt with immigration. They presented on April 30.

For Omaha's Latinos, Influence or Representation?
KPTM Fox 42, 05/03/2011

Dr. Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado, OLLAS assistant director for research and outreach and associate professor of political science, was quoted on May 3 for the news story on Fox 42. The story discussed the Latinos residing in South Omaha and where the political boundaries should be re-drawn based on recent Census figures.

Study: Neb. Latino voting population is growing
Sioux City Journal, 03/17/2011

Dr. Lourdes Gouveia, director of OLLAS and professor of sociology, was quoted in the March 17 edition of the Sioux City Journal. The article discussed the “Latino Voting Eligibility in Nebraska” data brief released by OLLAS on March 17, 2011 . This article was published by the  following media outlets: Omaha World Herald, The Republic (Columbus, Indiana), NTV Nebraska, South Sioux City Journal, KNEB (960 AA, 94.1 FM), 1011 Now.com, KRVN  (93.1 FM)

Half of Latinos eligible to vote
Omaha World-Herald, 03/17/2011

The article discussed the “Latino Voting Eligibility in Nebraska” data brief released by OLLAS on March 17, 2011.

Openings Still Available for Peru Study Abroad/International Service Learning
UNO E-Notes, 01/01/2011

It is not too late to sign up as either a 'student' or a 'community member' for one of the most intellectually and culturally enriching, yet affordable, study abroad/international service learning experiences offered at UNO. 

2010 ▼

Immigration officials highlight crackdown on criminal element
Lincoln Journal Star, 10/07/10

Dr. Lourdes Gouveia, director of OLLAS and professor of sociology, was quoted in the October 7 edition of the Lincoln Journal Star. The article discussed the report released by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security regarding data on deportations of undocumented immigrants.

OLLAS and Film Streams bring Latino films to the big screen
UNO Gateway, 09/21/10

Dr. Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado, associate professor of political science and assistant director of OLLAS, was quoted on September 21 edition of UNO Gateway. The article discussed the opportunity for students to participate in the second biennial Cinemateca film series, a collaborative effort between the UNO Office of Latino/Latin American Studies of the Great Plains (OLLAS) and Film Streams to host ten Latino, Latin American and Spanish films from eight countries including, Mexico, Peru, Argentina, Spain, Cuba, Uruguay, Chile and Brazil.

Cinemateca 2010 Film Streams
The Morning Blend, 08/31/10

Dr. Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado, associate professor of political science and assistant director of OLLAS and Casey Logan, communications coordinator at Film Streams were interviewed on August 31 edition of The Morning Blend on KMTV (CBS 3). The interview was about the OLLAS/Films Streams' Second Cinemateca Series, showing at the Film Streams Ruth Sokolof Theater at 1340 Mike Fahey Street between August 27 and September 30, 2010.

Immigration questions aired
Omaha World Herald, 8/29/2010

Dr. Lourdes Gouveia, director of OLLAS and professor of sociology, was quoted in the August 29 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article discussed the community forum sponsored by the Anti-Defamation League of the Plains States aimed at protecting immigrants' civil rights and easing tensions over immigration issues.

Film Fiesta: Filmstreams and UNO's OLLAS collaborate for Cinemateca
The Reader, 08/27/10

Dr. Lourdes Gouveia, director of OLLAS and professor of sociology, Steven Torres, assistant professor of foreign languages, Andrea Dominguez, OLALS instructor, Rachel Jacobson, Filmstreams director, were quoted in the August 27 edition of the Omaha World Herald. The article discuss the Filmstreams' Second Cinemateca Series, showing at the Film Streams Ruth Sokolof Theater at 1340 Mike Fahey Street between August 27 and September 30, 2010.

Bob's Take: 10 films give flavor of Latino culture
Omaha World Herald, 08/26/2010

Dr. Lourdes Gouveia, director of OLLAS and professor of sociology, Dr. Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado, assistant director of OLLAS and a professor of political science, Dr. Steven Torres, assistant professor of foreign languages, and Andrea Dominguez, OLLAS instructor, were quoted in the August 25 edition of the Omaha World Herald. The article discuss the Filmstreams' Second Cinemateca Series, showing at the Film Streams Ruth Sokolof Theater at 1340 Mike Fahey Street between August 27 and September 30, 2010.

Thumbs off the Scale: Evidence-Based Studies of the Impacts of Immigration
Impact Immigration Blog, 08/05/2010

The OLLAS report "Nebraska's Immigrant Population: Economic and Fiscal Impacts" was quoted in the August 5 edition of the Blog Immigration Impact, a project of the Immigration Policy Center. The article analyzed a comprehensive approach of studies that examined the costs and benefits of immigration in the U.S.

Kids Pledge to Stay Away from Gangs, Graffitti
WOWT, 07/28/10

Dr. Evangelina "Gigi" Brignoni, OLLAs faculty and assistant professor of teacher education, was interviewed on July 28 edition of the WOWT, Channel 6. The interview was about the presentation of the project called TAGG, or Teens Against Gangs and Graffitti with UNO graduate education students to young kids at the South Omaha Boys and Girls Club. The presentation discussed the good and positive ways to express their artistic side and stay away from violence.

¡hola! to OLLAS
Pride of Place Magazine
Spring 2010, Issue No. 17
University of Nebraska Foundation

Fremont in the spotlight
Omaha World Herald, 05/30/2010

Dr. Lourdes Gouveia, director of OLLAS and professor of sociology, was quoted in the May 30 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article discussed the Fremont's special election on an immigration measure aimed at undocumented immigrants that will be held on June 21.

Immigration measure urged
Omaha World Herald, 05/14/2010

Dr. Jonathan Benjamin Alvarado, associate professor of political science and assistant director of OLLAS, was quoted in the May 14 edition of the Omaha World Herald. The article discussed the speech of Angelo I. Amador, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s director of Immigration Policy, one of the keynote luncheon speakers during The Fourth Latino/Latin American Summit of the Great Plains, Cumbre 2010, “Human Mobility, the Promise of Development and Political Engagement.”

Visa denial halts diplomat's trip
Omaha World Herald, 05/13/2010

Dr. Lourdes Gouveia, director of OLLAS and professor of sociology, was quoted in the May 13 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article discussed the visa denial of Dora Aguirre Hidalgo, a well-respected member of Ecuador's National Assembly, who needed to appear at the Fourth Latino/Latin American Summit of the Great Plains organized by OLLAS.

4th annual Latino summit to be held in Omaha
Associated Press, 05/08/2010

Immigration topic of summit
Omaha World Herald, 05/06/2010

The Fourth Latino/Latin American Summit of the Great Plains, Cumbre 2010, “Human Mobility, the Promise of Development and Political Engagement” was highlighted in the May 6 edition of the Omaha World Herald and May 8 edition of the KITV Television (Siouxland).

Views mixed on Fremont immigrant vote
Omaha World Herald, 04/23/2010

Dr. Lourdes Gouveia, director of OLLAS and professor of sociology, was quoted in the May 30 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article discussed the Nebraska Supreme Court ruling that clears the way for a Fremont vote on an anti-illegal immigration ordinance.

Assessing the Economic Impact of Immigration at the State and Local Level
Immigration Policy Center, 04/13/2010

The OLLAS report "Nebraska's Immigrant Population: Economic and Fiscal Impact" was cited in the report released on April 13 and published by the Washington-based Immigration Policy Center. The report discussed a survey of a number of state studies which have found that immigrants in general—and the unauthorized specifically—contribute to the public treasuries and economies of many states and localities.

Citizenship up among foreign born
Omaha World Herald, 01/22/10

Many foreign-born aren't citizens

Omaha World Herald, 01/21/10

Report: More than half of foreign-born Nebraska residents aren't citizens

Lincoln Journal Star, 01/21/10

Dr. Lourdes Gouveia, director of OLLAS and professor of sociology, commented on first report in the OLLAS Data Series: “Nebraska's Foreign-Born and Hispanic/Latino Population: Demographic Trends, 1990-2008”.

Spanish writers, this contest is for you
Omaha World Herald, 01/12/10

Dr. Claudia García, OLLAS faculty and professor of foreign languages, was quoted in the January 12 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article discussed the new writing contest called “Through Our Words: Hands, Minds and Hearts at Work,” sponsored by the Department of Foreign Languages, the Office of Latino/Latin American Studies at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and Cumbre 2010 partners and funded in part by the Nebraska Humanities Council. The contest calls for poems, essays and short narratives in Spanish from students in grades 5 through 12 in Nebraska.

2009▼

Hispanics, Asians boost Nebraska's economy
Lincoln Journal Star, 12/14/09

The OLLAS report "Nebraska's Immigrant Population: Economic and Fiscal Impact" was cited in the December 14 edition of the Lincoln Journal Star. The article discussed the new report published by the Washington-based Immigration Policy Center regarding the contribution of Nebraska's foreign population in helping the state recover from tough economic times. Read the Report

OLLAS Featured in Holland-Funded Publication, “UNO From A New Perspective."

OLLAS, “one of UNO’s newest programs and brightest stars,” was highlighted in the second publication in a series entitled “UNO From A New Perspective.” The purpose of this Holland Foundation funded series is to increase awareness of UNO and to draw attention to the university’s longstanding commitment to excellence. OLLAS can be found on the Community Engagement page of the second publication entitled Realize.

Workers Center to offer training for immigrants
Omaha World Herald, 06/08/09

Dr. Lourdes Gouveia, director of OLLAS and professor of sociology, was quoted in the June 8 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article discussed the creation of The Heartland Workers Center and the three-day leadership training workshop for Latino immigrants.

Cuba's Undersea Oil Could Help Thaw Trade With U.S.
The Washington Post, 05/16/09    

Dr. Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado, associate professor of political science and assistant director of OLLAS, was quoted on May 15 edition of The Washington Post. The article discussed about Cuban oil’s reserves could help trade with U.S. and foreign oil companies.

KMTV (CBS 3)
05/16/09
Dr. Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado, associate professor of political science and assistant director of OLLAS, was interviewed on May 11 edition of KMTV (CBS 3). The interview was about illegal immigration discussions during Omaha's mayoral race.

Immigrants at rallies across U.S. call for changes in national policy
Omaha World Herald, 05/02/09

Dr. Lourdes Gouveia, director of OLLAS and professor of sociology, was quoted in the May 2 edition of the Omaha World-Herald. The article discussed about immigrant rallies across the United States.

Immigration Law: It's Only A (Very) Small Start At Best
Nebraska StatePaper.com, 04/09/09

Dr. Lourdes Gouveia, director of OLLAS and professor of sociology, was quoted in the April 9 editorial of Nebraska StatePaper.com. The article discussed about Nebraska's immigration laws.

Report says raids led to higher pay at packing plants
Omaha World Herald, 03/19/09

Dr. Lourdes Gouveia, director of OLLAS and professor of sociology, was quoted in the March 19 edition of the Omaha World Herald. The article responded to the 2006 immigration raids on Swift & Co meatpacking plants. The specific consequences of these raids and the broader impact of immigrant workers on the economy were also discussed.

Cuba awaits its oil boom and runs short on cash
Associated Press, 02/24/09

Dr. Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado, associate professor of political science and assistant director of OLLAS, was quoted in a Feb. 24 edition of the Associated Press. The article discussed about Cuba's oil reserve.

2008/2007▼

A first look at Nebraska’s immigrant population UNO report puts immigrant impact at $1.6 billion
UNO Alumni, Winter 2008 (Article on page 8)

An OLLAS Report on a study of the economic and fiscal impacts of Nebraska’s immigrant population was highlighted in the Winter, 2008 edition of UNO’s Alumni Magazine. In the report researchers quantified the million dollar effect of immigrants on the state’s economy. Read the Report

Critics: Why require E-Verify?
Omaha World Herald, 12/30/08

Dr. Lourdes Gouveia, director of OLLAS and professor of sociology, was quoted in the December 30 edition of the Omaha World Herald. The article discussed the recent push by local politicians to implement E-Verify in the state of Nebraska.

New immigration court not entirely good news for immigrants
Lincoln Journal Star, 12/27/08

Dr. Lourdes Gouveia, director of OLLAS and professor of sociology, was quoted in the December 27 edition of the Lincoln Journal Star. The article discussed the implications of the new immigration court in Omaha.

Cuban President in Venezuela in First Official Foreign Visit
The New York Times, 12/14/08

Dr. Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado, associate professor of political science and assistant director of OLLAS, was quoted in the December 14 edition of the New York Times. The article reported on Cuba’s President Raúl Castro’s visit to Caracas, Venezuela in order to call attention to Cuba’s continuing reliance on subsidized oil. President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela promised to restore ties with Cuba’s new leadership.

Legislative committee focuses on immigration laws at hearing
Lincoln Journal Star, 12/12/08

The OLLAS report on the economic impact of immigrants in Nebraska, supported by the University of Nebraska’s College of Business Administration, was referenced in the article. The article discussed different sides of the immigration debate which considered whether the state should adopt E-Verify as a means to screen workers.

Immigration ID check supported
Omaha World Herald, 12/12/08

Dr. Lourdes Gouveia, director of OLLAS and professor of sociology, was mentioned in the December 12 edition of the Omaha World Herald. Nebraskans gathered to testify at a hearing on a proposal to mandate online verification of worker eligibility sponsored by State Sen. Brad Ashford of Omaha.

Lawmakers Pitch Immigration Crackdown
KETV 7, 12/12/08

Dr. Lourdes Gouveia, director of OLLAS and professor of sociology, was quoted on KETV.com on December 12. The report discussed perspectives presented at a hearing on immigration and the state’s consideration of electronically verifying immigration status of workers.

Immigrants in Nebraska pay more in taxes than they receive in services
Daily Yonder, 10/21/08

The OLLAS report "Nebraska's Immigrant Population: Economic and Fiscal Impact" was quoted in the October 21 edition of the Daily Yonder. The article discussed how native born Nebraskans cost the state more in government services than immigrants do.

Experts find flaws in data-gathering methods
Fremont Tribune, 10/28/08

Dr. Lourdes Gouveia, director of OLLAS and professor of sociology, was quoted in the October 28 edition of the Fremont Tribune. The article questions the conclusions of a report on illegal immigration completed by the Mayor’s Task Force. Experts are saying that this report cannot be used to prove that Hispanics are committing more crime.

Former Mexican president outlines vision for Americas
Omaha World Herald, 11/12/08

Dr. Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado, associate professor of political science and assistant director of OLLAS, was quoted in the November 12 edition of the Omaha World Herald. The article reported that Former Mexican President Vicente Fox signed an agreement between Gallup and Centro Fox which works towards creating jobs for Mexico and other countries. Fox’s vision to bring “democracy and freedom to Latin Americans” includes promoting a free-market economy and providing help for the poor.

OLLAS: Widening the lens
UNO Alum Magazine, Fall 2008

Dr. Lourdes Gouveia, director of OLLAS and professor of sociology, was interviewed for the Fall 2008 edition of UNO Alum Magazine. The article was about the academic and community work of OLLAS since its founding in 2003. The article also mentions the OLLAS partnership with Film Streams to feature a 10 Spanish-speaking films series, Cinemateca, to the Omaha community.

Inmigración y política de la mano
La Opinión, 09/17/08

Dr. Lourdes Gouveia, director of OLLAS and professor of sociology, was quoted in the September 17 edition of La Opinión . The article was about the economic impact of immigrants in the state of Nebraska, more specifically Latino immigrants.The article also mentions the forthcoming report that OLLAS will publish regarding this topic.

Bob's Take on Cinema: Art house to become casa de arte
Omaha World Herald, 08/29/08

Drs. Lourdes Gouveia, director of OLLAS and professor of sociology, Maria Arbelaez, professor of history and OLLAS and Steven Torres, professor of foreign languages, were quoted in the August 28 edition of the Omaha World Herald. The article showcases the new Spanish language film series, Cinemateca, showing at the Film Streams Ruth Sokolof Theater at 1340 Webster Street between August 29 and October 2, 2008.

Immigration frustration stokes fury in Fremont
Omaha World Herald, 7/20/2008

Dr. Lourdes Gouveia, director of OLLAS and professor of sociology, was quoted in an article about an anti-immigration city ordinance in Fremont, Nebraska. A decision on whether to enact the ordinance is scheduled for August 24, 2008. The article mentions that this is Nebraska's first city-driven effort to ban illegal immigration.

La Preciosa (1180AM)
5/3/2008

Dr. Lourdes Gouveia, director of OLLAS and professor of sociology, was interviewed during the Cinco de Mayo parade May 3 on La Preciosa (1180 AM). She discussed the meaning of the holiday and answered questions about challenges facing the Latino community, as well as the role of OLLAS and UNO addressing those issues.

Raid on Kosher Slaughterhouse Sparks Fears of Meat Shortage: Immigration Bust Leaves Plant With Skeleton Staff
The Jewish Daily Forward, 05/15/2008

Dr. Lourdes Gouveia, director of OLLAS and professor of sociology, was quoted in the May 15 issue of the Jewish Daily Forward. The article was about the massive immigration raid conducted by U.S. federal agents on the Kosher slaughterhouse in Postville, Iowa on May 12. Hundreds of undocumented workers, mostly from Guatemala and Mexico, were arrested from AgriProcessors which is one of the main producers of kosher meats in the market.

Many Mexicans long ago assimilated into new lives in Nebraska, Iowa
Omaha World Herald, 05/03/2008

Dr. Lourdes Gouveia, director of OLLAS and professor of sociology, was quoted in the May 3 edition of the Omaha World Herald. The article related the long history of assimilation of Mexican Americans in Nebraska. The article also mentions the history of immigration in the nation and the valuable contributions and roles Mexican Americans have had during major historical events of the United States and more specifically here in Nebraska.

Census estimates point to slowing of Hispanic trend
Lincoln Journal Star, 05/01/2008

Dr. Lourdes Gouveia, director of OLLAS and professor of sociology, was quoted in this article about new census estimates that show the number of Hispanics in Nebraska continues to grow, but at a slower pace than earlier this decade.

Immigration Intimidation: Why did Nebraskan republicans target a federal issue as their top priority?
The Reader, 3/13/2008

Dr. Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado, associate professor of political science and assistant director of OLLAS, was interviewed for the March 13 issue of The Reader about recent immigrant legislation in Nebraska.

Raul Castro's Ascension Signals Muted Change in Cuba
Bloomberg.com, 02/24/2008

Dr. Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado, associate professor of political science and assistant director of OLLAS, was interviewed by the following media outlets on Feb. 19 about Cuban President Fidel Castro vacating office: KETV (ABC 7), KFAB (1110 AM), KPTM (Fox 42), KKAR (1290 AM), the Miami Herald, the Chicago Tribune, CBC Radio (Canada), and Bloomberg News (Brazil)

Lincoln service center growth may be lost in immigration debate
Lincoln Journal Star, 12/12/2007

Dr. Lourdes Gouveia, director of OLLAS and professor of sociology, was quoted in an article about the work accomplishments by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration services in Lincoln. The article also discussed how the immigration debate might affect the Lincoln service center.

Major UNO immigration study to view big picture
Omaha World Herald, 11/13/2007
Study to Determine Economic Impact of Immigrants
Southwest Nebraska News, (McCook, NE) 11/13/2007

Dr. Chris Decker, associate professor of economics, and Dr. Lourdes Gouveia, professor of sociology and director of OLLAS, were quoted about a major immigration impact study launched at UNO. The articles announced that the economic impact study will measure the overall impact of immigration on Nebraska’s tax system, employers, specific industries, and urban and rural economies.

Several honored during Hispanic heritage events
Omaha World Herald, 10/25/2007

The Omaha World Herald announced awards received during Hispanic Heritage Month. The State of Nebraska recognized OLLAS for their valuable contribution to the Latino community and Dr. Lourdes Gouveia received the Latina of the Year award at the Latino Heritage Awards Banquet on October 12.  

Hateful act of arson and vandalism an eye-opener
Omaha World Herald, 10/07/2007

Dr. Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado, associate professor of political science, assistant director of OLLAS, and president of the Highland Park Neighborhood Association, was quoted in an article addressing two hate crime incidents against two families in South Omaha. White supremacist or what appeared to be racist graffiti was left at both crime scenes.

Immigrants eager to pay it forward for Schuyler schools
Omaha World Herald, 10/07/2007

Dr. Thomas Sanchez, sociology professor and OLLAS faculty, was quoted in an article discussing how Latino immigrants in Schuyler are willing to give donations to supplement the Schuyler school bond proposal for $6.9 million.

Census numbers extend Hispanic shift in rural counties
Lincoln Journal Star, 8/9/2007

Dr. Lourdes Gouveia, director of OLLAS and professor of sociology, was quoted in an article discussing the rapid growth of the Hispanic population across rural Nebraska.

Changes spur Chicano center to embrace the term Latino
Omaha World Herald, 7/31/2007

Dr. Thomas Sanchez, sociology professor and OLLAS faculty, was quoted in an article about why the Chicano Awareness Center changed its name to better reflect immigration patterns.

Comentarios y observaciones sobre la visita del Presidente
Omaha World Herald, 6/07/2007

Dr. Lourdes Gouveia, director of OLLAS and professor of sociology, was quoted in an article featuring questions Omahans would like to ask President Bush about illegal immigration.

Latino Catholics blur religious lines
Omaha World Herald, 4/30/2007

Dr. Maria Arbelaez, associate professor of history and OLLAS faculty, was quoted in an article that focused on religion and Latinos in the U.S.  In particular, it discussed the “charismatic” movement within the Catholic Church and religious participation among ethnic groups.

Omaha hosts an immigration weekend
Omaha World Herald, 04/27/2007

Dr. Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado, associate professor of political science and assistant director of OLLAS, was quoted in an article about the Third Cumbre of the Great Plains and multiple immigrant issues.

Lawmakers grapple with extending benefits to new legal immigrants
Lincoln Journal Star, 4/1/2007

Dr. Lourdes Gouveia, director of OLLAS and professor of sociology, was quoted in an article about the current climate surrounding immigration in the U.S. The article specifically concerned the Nebraska legislature's consideration of taking public benefits, such as food stamps, away from new legal immigrants to the state who have been in to country less than five years.

Panelists sort out rural poll on immigration
Lincoln Journal Star 3/8/2007

Dr. Lourdes Gouveia, director of OLLAS and professor of sociology, was invited to be a panelist at a forum that discussed the 2006 Nebraska Rural Poll.

Omaha researchers find academic patterns in generational study of metro Latino immigrants
UNO Gateway, 2/6/2007

Dr. Lourdes Gouveia and Dr. Mary Ann Powell were quoted in an article about the two UNO faculty members shifting the focus of immigrant studies to how the children of Latino families are doing in Nebraska and the state's school system.

Success of Latino kids called vital for state
Omaha World Herald, 1/11/2007

Dr. Lourdes Gouveia and Dr. Mary Ann Powell were quoted in an article about a recently released report that focuses on educational attainment among second- and third-generation Hispanics in Nebraska and the role immigrant integration plays in their success.

Link to Migration Policy Institute Report

Study:  Second, third generation hispanics get farther in school
Lincoln Journal Star, 01/08/2007

Dr. Lourdes Gouveia and Dr. Mary Ann Powell were quoted in an article highlighting a study they recently completed on the generational increase of degrees attained in high school and college among second- and third-generation Hispanics.

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