Latino/a Voices in Duke, Durham, and Beyond


latino voices in durham

Course Overview:

This course explores the construction of Latinx identities and the formation of community voices by examining cultural, political and social issues at local and national levels. You will be asked to deepen your role in the community as an advocate, activist, and/or ally. You will be required to participate in a service-learning project for a minimum of 20 hours outside of class time. In this course you will be assessed on content knowledge, oral and written Spanish, and your community engagement.

Service-learning Project:

Service-Learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities. This semester you will work in one or more of the following projects:

  1. Morehead Elementary School sessions: facilitating parent/teacher communication, empowering parents to advocate for their children, work on a final product that brings a voice to the families with whom we will work.
  2. Legal Aid of North Carolina: interpret for clients, assist with intake interviews, translate documents, and accompany clients in court.  Much of the work will be with Domestic Violence victim cases.

In addition to your primary placement you will have additional opportunities to volunteer in the community including:

  1. NALEO: Assisting with applications for citizenship. Location: TBD.
  2. Latinos in/en Durham website in conjunction with Juan Porras to include information about and for local Latinx entrepreneurs.

WATCH:  Past student project, video interview with María Luisa. In this clip she narrates her personal journey and describes how she started her own business cleaning houses in Durham.  More stories here.



Latino/a Voices in Duke, Durham, and Beyond

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