Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Under the Bridge: The Story of Chicano Park

"Under the Bridge" a documentary film on Chicana/o identity is now available to view online for free at
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Under the Bridge - the story of Chicano Park
A film about culture and identity
A new documentary film about Chicana/o identity is available to watch for free on

“Under the Bridge” tells the story of San Diego’s Chicano Park and includes interviews with Chicano activists, muralists, musicians and artists, such as Alurista, Enrique Morones, Salvador Torres, Yolanda Lopez, Mario Torero, Celia Rodriguez, Yermo Aranda and Ramon “Chunky” Sanchez.
Chicano Park Day - 20 April 2013
Chicano Park was created when residents of Barrio Logan objected to the building of a Highway Patrol Sub-station in their neighbourhood.  Earlier this year the park was listed on the National Register of Historic Places and celebrates its 43rd Anniversary this weekend.
Indiewire said that by “exploring the marginalization of indigenous Chicano rights, the film re-frames the immigration debate in a provocative way.”

We are trying to share the film with as wide an audience as possible and I would be very grateful if you could share the link with students, staff and faculty.  If you would like to embed the film on your site or blog, please contact me for the code.

Our hope is that it might be a useful teaching tool/resource for you and your students.

Saludos y gracias,

Geseth Garcia

"Under the Bridge" is now available on DVD for educational libraries. If you would like to acquire a copy of the film for your  library, please reply to this email or contact me directly at
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Ethnicity, Race and Indigenous People Conference (ERIP) - Call for Papers/ Registro de ponencias

Subject: [Erip] Ethnicity,      Race and Indigenous People Conference (ERIP) - Call for Papers/ Registro de ponencias

Estimados Colegas,

Ya salió la lista de paneles aceptados en la página de la Conferencia y ahora esta abierto el registro para ponencias individuales. La fecha limite para presentar ponencias es el 30 de Mayo. Por favor divulguen esta invitación.

Dear Members,

The list of accepted panels is on the Conference website. Now is the time to submit individual papers. The deadline is May 30th. Please disseminate this invitation.

Saludos, Emiko

THE WOLA-DUKE BOOK AWARD For Human Rights in Latin America

For Human Rights in Latin America

The Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) and Duke University announce the sixth annual WOLA-Duke Book Award for Human Rights in Latin America. The award honors the best current, non-fiction book published in English on human rights, democracy, and social justice in contemporary Latin America.

The award will be given in the fall of 2013 by WOLA and Duke University at an event in Washington, DC. He or she will also be invited to give a reading at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. The author of the winning book will receive a $1,000 cash prize (in the case of two or more authors, the prize money will be distributed equally among them).

To be eligible, books must meet the following criteria:
·         An original, non-fiction book related to issues of human rights, the rule of law, social and/or economic justice, or democracy in contemporary Latin America. Books should pertain to events that took place in roughly the past 25 years.
·         Published in the English language by a commercial, university, or non-profit publishing concern. Books written originally in other languages and translated into English are eligible. Self-published books are not eligible.
·         Books published in 2012 and 2013 will be eligible for the 2013 prize. Books published before 2011 are not eligible.
·         Scholarly and popular books are eligible. Edited anthologies are not eligible.

The deadline for entries is Friday, May 31, 2013.

Judges will be looking for books that offer important contributions to research on Latin America while also enriching the general public’s understanding of Latin America. The winning book will reflect the standards of originality, high-quality research, and clear writing to which WOLA aspires in its own publications. Judges are drawn from WOLA’s staff and board of directors, Duke University, and the academic community at large.

Please fill out the attached nomination form and email it to Nominators are also encouraged to send one copy of the book, although this is not required for nomination. No additional supporting materials or reviews are necessary. For books due to be published in 2013 after the entry deadline, nominators should send a pre-publication copy, indicating the publication date.

Please send copies of books to:
WOLA-Duke Book Award
c/o Kelly McLaughlin
Washington Office on Latin America
1666 Connecticut Avenue NW
Suite 400
Washington, DC 20009

Previous Award Recipients:

2012 – Héctor Abad, Oblivion: A Memoir

2011 – Kathryn Sikkink, The Justice Cascade

2010 – Victoria Bruce and Karin Hayes, with Jorge Enrique Botero, Hostage Nation
2009 – Ambassador Heraldo Muñoz, 
The Dictator’s Shadow: Life Under Augusto Pinochet
2008 – Francisco Goldman, 
The Art of Political Murder: Who Killed the Bishop?


For more information, contact:

Kelly McLaughlin, Washington Office on Latin


Patrick Stawski, Duke University


Carnegie Project to Examine Improvement Networks

Carnegie Foundation News

Carnegie Project to Examine Improvement Networks
The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has selected two organizations to work with on a two-year program of study that seeks to better understand the work practices of networks that are deliberately organized to improve teaching and learning in schools, colleges, and other places where people learn. The goal is to move the education field’s understanding of how improvement networks are organized and initiated. The formation of these networks is of particular interest because increasingly education organizations are turning to improvement networks as a potentially valuable new collaborative arrangement to support educational improvement.

Funded by the W.T. Grant Foundation in cooperation with Carnegie, the two external networks chosen by Carnegie are the Mathematics Teacher Education Partnership (MTEP), organized by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) Science and Mathematics Teacher Imperative, and the Silicon Valley Research Alliance within the Regional Educational Laboratory, West (REL West) at WestEd. The project also involves two of Carnegie’s own networked improvement communities, the Building a Teaching Effectiveness Network (BTEN) and the Community College Pathways (CCP) program.

The MTE-Partnership currently consists of 38 partnership teams comprised of 87 school systems, 68 universities, and 9 community colleges across 30 states. The goal of the Partnership is to transform the nation’s preparation of secondary mathematics teachers, with particular attention to equipping them to address the Common Core State Standards in mathematics.

The Silicon Valley Research Alliance within REL West is a partnership with the Silicon Valley Education Foundation, multiple school districts, and education service providers. The Alliance aims to improve algebra proficiency and overall high school mathematics success rates by using data analysis and research to guide instructional changes and shifts in mathematics course placement policy.

BTEN brings together leaders in education practice, policy, and research to improve school district systems and processes that support new teacher development. It aims to help new teachers become effective faster.

Through CCP, Carnegie has engaged networks of faculty members, researchers, designers, students, and content experts in the creation of two new mathematics pathways, one in statistics and the other in quantitative reasoning. The goal is to turn around the alarming failure rate of students in developmental mathematics, taking students through a college credit course.

“We hope to use this opportunity to uncover what is both common and different about these four efforts to pursue educational improvement through networked improvement communities and the ways these networks operate that is engendered by their different problem contexts,” said Carnegie Senior Fellow Louis Gomez, who is helping to lead the Foundation’s work in evaluating the effectiveness of networks. Working with Gomez in this effort is Jennifer Lin Russell from the University of Pittsburgh.

This new project is expected to provide a forum for each of the four networks to learn more about launching an improvement network and to help Carnegie better understand the demands of initiating new networks to better support large-scale improvement work.

The Carnegie Foundation is committed to developing networks of ideas, individuals, and institutions to advance teaching and learning. We join together scholars, practitioners, and designers in new ways to solve problems of educational practice. Toward this end, we work to integrate the discipline of improvement science into education with the goal of accelerating the field’s capacity to learn to improve. 

We are an operating foundation located in Stanford, California.

YWCA of Austin call for Nominations: Women of the Year Awards

Subject: YWCA call for Nominations: Women of the Year Awards

The YWCA of Greater Austin is seeking nominations for their Women of the Year Awards! The deadline has been extended to Friday, April 26th.

Nominate your smart, creative, and inspiring mentor, teacher, boss, colleague, employee, mother, community leader, sister, or best friend in one of these 5 categories:

* Racial Justice
* Women's Economic Empowerment
* Young Woman of Achievement
* Leader of Promise
* Lifetime Achievement

For more information, call 512-326-1222 or visit

The Women of the Year Awards & Soiree will take place on Friday, June 28th @ 6:30pm at the W Hotel!

National Latino Education Network

LEAD Affiliate - Cal State University San Bernardino - Latino Education & Advocacy Days
Be a change agent and join the Preparate movement!
View the full 2013 Preparate Program
- LEAD Organization representatives will be on-site and in attendance for this exceptional and foremost event! -


MAY 1-2, 2013


MAY 2-3, 2013

Don't miss the opportunity to:

Gather new ideas, strategies and approaches to make a real and immediate difference for the Latino and African American students you serve.

Participate in sessions that address high-priority topics such as gender and race issues, funding updates, strategies for family engagement, retention do's and don'ts, and more.

Hear plenary session speakers including notable leaders in education, public service, and the arts and entertainment.

Check out conference details and make plans to attend - you can register on-site for Preparateand A Dream Deferred. They're close and convenient for all Chicago educators.

Encourage them to visit the conference websites to learn more about these inspiring, information-packed events. Consider carpooling and building a team to attend together.

Thank you - Gracias, EM
Dr. Enrique Murillo, Jr. signature
Enrique G. Murillo, Jr., Ph.D. 
Executive Director - LEAD Organization
      LEAD - Latino Education & Advocacy Day California State University San Bernardino 
--  Join or learn more about LEAD activities, events or programs on any of our social networks,
partnerships or education projects  --   LEAD - Latino Education Projects

Friday, April 19, 2013

REMINDER Preparate Conference May 1-2, 2013, Chicago IL

Preparate Conference
May 1-2, 2013
The Palmer House Hilton
Chicago, Illinois

Prepárate brings together professionals from higher education, secondary schools, middle schools and community-based organizations for thought-provoking sessions and plenary speakers that address crucial topics in education. Be a change agent and join the Prepárate movement.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

NEH Public Programs Deadline Extended May 15, 2013: Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle A special initiative of the National Endowment for the Humaniti

 Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle
A special initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities

Applications open for film sets and grants to develop public programming in your community

The National Endowment for the Humanities, in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, announces the launch of the special initiative, Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle. The project brings together four nationally acclaimed films that connect the stories of the long civil rights movement to spark public conversations about the changing meanings of freedom and equality in U.S. history.

About the films: 
A small group of moral reformers in the 1830s launched one of the most ambitious social movements imaginable: the immediate emancipation of millions of African Americans who were enslaved. Produced and directed by Rob Rapley. Sharon Grimberg, executive producer for American Experience, WGBH.

Even as slavery ended in the south after the Civil War, new forms of forced labor kept thousands of African Americans in bondage until the onset of World War II. Produced and directed by Sam Pollard. Catherine Allan, executive producer for Twin Cities Public Television. Douglas A. Blackmon, co-executive producer. A production of TPT National Productions, in association with Two Dollars & A Dream, Inc. 
The moving account of Richard and Mildred Loving, who were arrested in 1958 for violating Virginia's ban on interracial marriage. Their struggle culminated in a landmark Supreme Court decision, Loving v. Virginia(1967.) Directed by Nancy Buirski; produced by Nancy Buirski and Elisabeth Haviland James. A co-production of Augusta Films and HBO Films. Distributed by Icarus Films. 
The Freedom Rides of 1961 were a pivotal moment in the long Civil Rights struggle that redefined America. This documentary film offers an inside look at the brave band of activists who challenged segregation in the Deep South. Produced and directed by Stanley Nelson. Mark Samels, executive producer for American Experience, WGBH.

Up to 500 communities across the nation will receive these four inspiring NEH-funded films on Civil Rights history, accompanied by programming resources to guide public conversations. Each participating site will receive an award of up to $1,200 to support public programming exploring the themes of the Created Equal project.
Applications are open to museums and historical societies; humanities councils; public, academic, and community college libraries; and nonprofit community organizations. 

Application receipt deadline extended to May 15, 2013
Notification: June 1, 2013
Grant term: September 1, 2013 - August 31, 2016