The research clusters are now in formation and open to local and area faculty, graduate students, and honors theses or other academic scholars’ programs (Haas, McNair, Mellon, etc.) undergraduate scholars:
Includes decolonial aesthetics, decolonial spiritualities, and non-western knowledges, including those of the African, Asian, Muslim, and Jewish diasporas, within the larger context of the histories, economics, and ideologies of the neocolonial/settler colonialism. Beyond the critique of Eurocentrism, we seek to expand and produce conceptual tools beyond the contradictions of received theories of mestizaje, mulataje, and mixed-“race” and to develop more complex lens for capturing the complexity and richness of human cultural diversity, including those of sexuality and gender, engaging decolonizing theories of hybridity, third space, and other non-binary ways of accounting for the realities that characterize humanity and that provide ways beyond the intolerance of either-or binary thought.
In addition to the foundational support provided the Latinos & the Environment Initiative from its foundation in 2016-17, and 2017-18, a project now housed at the College of Environmental and Natural Resources, the LRC concerns itself with researching and promoting environmentally sound, ancestral and non-Western ways of thinking about healthy co-existence of human and non-human environment an globe. We view organic, sustainable community and personal gardening, and food justice as part of the transformative and necessary work of dealing with environmental and planetary justice for other life forms.
Health in the Latinx/Americas
This research cluster includes organic, sustainable farming; food justice; public health and related in the LatinxAmericas.