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Senior Alejandra Osorio aspires to be bilingual physician and public health leader

Oliver Ortega

Dressed as a bright orange carrot at the front of the grade school classroom, Alejandra Osorio would ask students to pick between her and their cupcake outfit-clad peer standing a few feet away. Almost unanimously, the students would choose her sweeter counterpart as their preferred snack. The scene repeated itself in classroom after classroom, in virtually all the schools the then-high...

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Kristen Millares Young to read from acclaimed novel about culture, race, storytelling for Hispanic Heritage Month

Oliver Ortega

Deep questions about culture and race lie at the heart of Kristen Millares Young’s debut novel, Subduction. The book follows Claudia, a cultural anthropologist doing fieldwork in the Pacific Northwest, in a coastal community of indigenous people known as the Makah. The half-Mexican, half-White American protagonist invites readers to grapple with the country’s history of coloniality and deciding who gets...

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Young Scholars Symposium in Latino Studies to convene emergent scholars from across country and distinguished Professor Charlene Villaseñor Black

Oliver Ortega

Seven up-and-coming scholars from across the country, along with distinguished professor Charlene Villaseñor Black of UCLA, will headline the Young Scholars Symposium at the Institute for Latino Studies next week. The virtual gathering on March 18 and 19 is part of an annual ILS initiative to bring together advanced graduate students and junior faculty working to complete a dissertation, book, or other form...

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Sociology and Latino Studies guide recent grad to Fulbright in Mexico

Oliver Ortega

Since high school, Erin Albertini has been focused on becoming a bilingual doctor serving children and families. But the recent Notre Dame graduate’s path to medicine is uniquely intersectional. Eschewing traditional pre-med majors such as biology and chemistry, Albertini instead took on sociology, Latino studies, Spanish and early childhood literacy during her time at Notre Dame, which culminated this May....

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