Carrying Home: Latinx Worlds, Media, and Education

Fall 2019
Winter 2020
Class Size: 50
Credits per quarter

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teacher education, critical pedagogy
latinx studies, cultural studies, education

“I am turtle, wherever I go I carry “home” on my back.” Gloria Anzaldúa, Borderlands La Frontera

“Home” refers to community-based  saberes : “knowings” or “understandings” of the world connected to community, family, culture, place, and identity. In this two-quarter program, we will use place-based methodologies to learn about specific local communities. We will focus our work in Shelton, Mason County and (to a certain extent) Thurston County.  We will learn about issues of immigration, health, education, youth, economic development, homelessness, and poverty as they are impacting these local communities. We will learn skills in qualitative research, video production, and oral history interviewing and explore their uses in community collaboration and education.

In fall, we will familiarize ourselves with local history and with people and organizations in the region who are tackling community issues in innovative ways. We’ll consider how safe spaces of inclusion are being carved out in local communities. Our work will be informed by popular education and community-based research, as well as other respectful and effective approaches to community work. Workshops will be offered in crafting testimonios and counter-narratives, documentary video, and qualitative research. We will learn how to support community initiatives and explore strategies for implementing shared projects for just and sustainable development. We’ll begin to develop case studies of our region, supplemented by research on similar struggles and projects in other parts of the U.S. or internationally. 

In winter, we will continue to understand immigrant communities and the transformations taking place in our region.  To do this, we will examine (his)stories of journey, (im)migration, displacement of indigenous peoples from Latin America to communities in the United States. We will learn about funds of knowledge and contributions to a broader view of education and community life. We intend to deepen our fall learning and research, continue to build collaborative relationships, and explore ways of contributing to the community and educational endeavors. We will center storytelling, critical reflection, community-based video documentation, and participatory action research. Theoretical and educational studies will focus on: critical pedagogy; storytelling methodologies; and critical qualitative research.

While most of our meetings will take place on campus, we will also meet in community settings from time to time. This includes volunteer work in local schools or with community organizations supporting immigrant and/or indigenous communities. In winter, our work will culminate in a presentation or exhibit for the community in which our projects have been produced.

This offering will prepare you for careers and advanced study in:

 education, teaching English language learners, media, community development, qualitative research, grant writing, and work with non-profit organizations.


Credits per quarter

Online learning:
  • Hybrid Online Learning - This offering delivers < 25% of its instruction online, rather than via face-to-face contact between you and your instructors.

Fall: $100 for field trip to Seattle and museum entrance fees

Winter: $100 for field trip to Seattle and museum entrance fees

Internship Opportunities:

With faculty approval in winter quarter, if consistent with the focus and goals of the program.

Class Standing: Sophomore–Senior
Class Size: 50

Scheduled for: Day

Final schedule and room assignments:

First meeting:

Monday, January 6, 2020 - 12:00 pm
SEM 2 E1105 - Lecture

Located in: Olympia

2019-12-16Signature requirement removed for winter quarter