Carrying Home: Latinx Worlds, Culture, and Public Health

Fall 2021
Winter 2022
Olympia
Day
Freshman - Senior
Class Size: 50
16 Credits per quarter
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This program incorporates Greener Foundations. Greener Foundations is Evergreen’s 2-quarter introductory student success course, which provides all first-year students with the skills and knowledge they need to thrive at Evergreen. First year students will get 14-credits from this program, and 2-credits from a Greener Foundations course.

As Luis Urrieta (2009) points out, home refers to community-based "saberes", "knowings", or "understandings" of the world connected to community, family, medicine, language, place, and identity. This program will focus on the "saberes", experiences, and stories of Latinx people in the USA shaped by realities of dislocation and dispossession as well as the quest for community. Students will spend some time unpacking these topics within the context of COVID-19.

A socially and culturally complex Latinx population accounts for close to 18% of the total population of the U.S. Through the disciplinary lenses of cultural studies, feminist theory, and critical race theory, we will explore the socio-political conditions and experiences of Latinx peoples in the United States, with a local focus on Washington State. We will examine issues of immigration/migration, health, education, and economic development as they are impacting these communities. We will use qualitative research (data captured in words and stories) to understand immigrant communities and the transformations taking place in our region. We will examine the (his)stories of indigeneity, mestizaje, and latinidad through an intersectional framework.

We will begin by positioning the history and politics of Latin American peoples residing in the United States, those who have immigrated to the country and those who didn't cross the border but the border crossed [them]. Over both quarters, we will interrogate sociological, political, and cultural factors that converge to form a Latinx identity in the United States and examine the impact of Latinx cultures, traditions, and languages on the sociocultural fabric of the U.S.

"Carrying home" can also be a way to describe the social, political, economic, and historical influences that live in our bodies, shaping our individual and collective health. We'll explore the embodied experiences of Latinx immigrants through a public health lens to understand how social determinants can create disparities in physical and mental health. And we'll explore the rich cultural "knowings" and practices that have supported community health and resilience, and investigate what has led to the erosion of some of that knowledge in Latinx communities today, especially immigrants in the USA.

Applying insights from physiology (how bodies function), and the tools of epidemiology (the study of health in populations), we'll connect everyday experiences of stress, stigma, and liberation, as they manifest in experiences of disease as well as healing and resilience.

We'll examine how these intersecting identities and (his)stories are influenced by political and economic realities, and the power of individual and community resilience to transform, and to create hope.

We are not assuming prior knowledge in any of these areas and invite all students to join this foundational program.

This program will have a hybrid model that will include virtual learning and some in-person sessions including seminar and workshops. We expect to spend 10 hours together per week (synchronous), split about two-thirds online and one-third in-person. Asynchronous (independent) study will require about another 20-25 hours per week. To successfully complete this program, students should have access to a computer, reliable internet for synchronous activities, and access to Canvas.

Registration

Fall 2021 Registration

Course Reference Numbers

So - Sr (16): 10006
Fr (14): 10009
Winter 2022 Registration

Course Reference Numbers

Sr (16): 20113
Jr (16): 20114
So (16): 20115
Fr (14): 20116

Academic details

Preparatory For

Political Economy, Economics, ​Health Care, Public Health, Sociology, Education, and Social Services.

Credits
16
Maximum Enrollment
50
Class Standing
Freshman
Sophomore
Junior
Senior
Fees

$45 in fall for a required reader and $50 in winter for entrance fees. 

Schedule

In Person or Remote
Hybrid (F)
Hybrid (W)
Time Offered
Day
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First Meeting

Remote/Online
Location
Olympia
Revisions
DateRevision 2021-05-13 Program title updated (was Carrying Home & Latinx Worlds: Health and Political Economy)