El Proceso de Migración en California

Students in Spanish 232 participated in their final presentations and explored the process of migration in California. The presentation (in Spanish) features a section connecting the work by Jason de Leon with content and context explored in the spring course. Professor Carla Manzoni elaborates:

The class and final presentations: The “Latinx Experiences in the U.S.” class is a wonderful opportunity to show our communities from a different perspective; it connects with many life experiences while also reflects on the systems that create social inequities. Challenging in nature, this intermediate language course that also counts towards Multi-Cultural Domestic requires both the development of linguistic skills and in-depth comprehension. The main idea behind the final oral project is to provide a space for students to approach a topic of their interest through the lens of the course.

This presentation: For this synthetic and thorough end-of-semester reflection in a second language, the students developed the skills needed to contextualize and present well formulated and articulated ideas. Students connected with the exhibition via the individual stories behind the toe-tags while also establishing patterns that help us understand both the personal experiences and the system that put Latinx in disadvantage. This presentation is a great addition to the exhibition.

In Spanish: There is something incredibly powerful and empathic about giving the voice-less (and body-less) a voice in their own language, Spanish. The untranslated voice is not only more visceral, immediate, and tangible, it also reflects on how the class cultivates a culture of allyship and promotes the development of (inter)cultural humility.”

Students, Sandra, Jordanne and Kate explain how they chose their topic:


“We chose our topic because of some parallels that Kate noticed between The Land of Open Graves text for her anthropology course and our Spanish class. She presented the Undocumented Migrantion project to our group which she also learned about during Anthropology. We felt it connected really well to the story of Francisco Jimenez who crossed the border in the 1950s. We additionally felt that a striking comparison was drawn to the structural violence of crossing today and during the 50s.”

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