During spring break, 13 students from SUNY Oneonta traveled to Los Angeles as part of the Domestic Intercultural Immersion Project. The trip was also part of an Africana and Latino Studies department mini course titled “Latina/o Movement(s) in Los Angeles” led by Eddy Francisco Alvarez and Jorge Estrada. During the trip, through an interdisciplinary and experiential approach, students learned about the various ways that Latinas/os move in the city. They also learned about intersectional and coalitional forms of activism in relation to immigration, transportation equity, gentrification, transgender rights, and arts and performance (artivism) in LA.
Participants met with students from California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA) to learn about each other’s cultures and about issues affecting each other’s communities. This immersion program also consisted of students volunteering and engaging in roundtable dialogues with members of the Trans Latina Coalition, Multicultural Communities for Mobility, Mujeres de Maíz and Self-Help Graphics, all of which are organizations invested in bettering the lives of Latinas/os in Los Angeles . All 13 students were also enrolled in ALS 252: Latino Cultures on the Move taught by Dr. Alvarez in the ALS department. This trip was sponsored made possible by the Office of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions and a StAR Grant. Selected students will be presenting on their experiences in the CME on April 25 at 4pm in the CME. Stop by to learn about this enriching and rewarding experience for the students!