Pláticas, part of the LSSO Latinx Thrive! Series, supported by the Latina/o Studies Program, is an event where recipients of the Latina/o Studies undergraduate and graduate research grants have a platform to discuss their research. On November 15, 2019, three recipients shared their remarkable work with the Cornell community. The recipients, Carolina Oscario Gil, John Kennedy, and Luis Delgadillo, presented interdisciplinary projects, ethnographic research, and research about deculturalization, respectively.
Osario Gil is a MS/PhD student in Development Sociology with a focus on Community Development. She, along with her colleague Erika Díaz Pascacio, Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering, presented their collaborative interdisciplinary project, Diosas del Agua/Goddesses of Water. The presentation highlighted their theatre-based work with women from Berriozábal, Chiapas.
Kennedy, a PhD student in the College of Arts and Sciences, shared his ethnographic research about the deportation effects in highland communities in Huehuetenango, Guatemala. His research, conducted in 2018, explored how debt and deportation have negatively impacted border security practices and have led to an increase in migration from Guatemala.
Finally, Delgadillo ‘21, undergraduate student in the College of Arts & Sciences, presented on the deculturalization on Mexican-Americans through the U.S. education system. His research focused on the ways in which school districts, through English-only curricula for the sake of uniformity, seek to replace students’ culture and language in what can be characterized as “cultural genocide.”
Pláticas takes place in the Latina/o Studies conference room on the 4th Floor of Rockefeller on selected dates throughout the semester.