Center for Latina/o Studies in the Americas

Welcome/Bienvenidos to CELASA

CELASA contributes to the understanding of Latina/o communities in the United States and throughout Latin America and promotes scholarly communication across national boundaries. CELASA fosters the interdisciplinary analysis of the social, economic, political, and cultural realities of Latin Americans and of Latina/os in the United States.

Spring 2019 Keynote Speaker: Manuel Ramiro

A Complex Transition Towards Peace or the Start of a New Armed Conflict

Manuel Ramiro, CELASA's spring 2019 keynote speaker

Manuel Ramiro Muñoz, founder and director of the Institute of Intercultural Studies of the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana de Cali, was recognized as one of the best leaders in Colombia by Semana magazine and the Leadership and Democracy Foundation for facilitating dialogue between Afro and Indigenous communities and rural farmers from Cauca and Nariño. His main lines of research are interculturality, the relevance of higher education in contexts of multiculturalism, and Indigenous and Afro-descendants community processes.

Dr. Ramiro serves as a consultant for the International Institute of Higher Education for Latin America and the Caribbean (IESALC / Unesco) and is a member of the Scientific Committee of the Higher Education Conference of GUNI (Global University Network for Innovation), a network coordinated by the United Nations University, Unesco and the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Barcelona. He has also served as a moderator of the Dialogue Group on Mining in Colombia (GDIAM) together with the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) of New York. Dr. Ramiro has been accompanying Indigenous and Afro communities for over 28 years in strengthening their formative and organizational processes; he's spent 12 years with the Afro-descendant communities of the South Pacific of Colombia and five years with farmworker communities.

Event Highlights

Chiapas Media Project event poster

Chiapas Media Project/Promedios 20th Anniversary Tour

The ground-breaking, award-winning, bi-national indigenous media organization with co-founders Alexandra Haikin and Francisco Vasquez. Featuring: Zapatista Films, Human rights documentaries from Guerrerro and Chihuahua, and Chiapas-based Votan Kop Audiovisual School.

For Those No Longer Here event poster

For Those Who are No Longer Here // Para Aquellas Que No Están Más

A poetic action against femicide dedicated to women who were and are still being killed around the world. This action decries the violence, impunity, and oblivion, and ritualizes the need for solidarity and action. Remembrance is resistance on Dia De Los Muertos.

The Migrant Caravan event poster

The Migrant Caravan: Modern Day Exodus: Policies at Play and People on the Move

Hear a report back from the front lines of the caravan in Mexico and learn more about the history of and the human right to seek asylum with guest speakers Abigail Stepnitz and Graciela "Chelis" López.

Contact Info

Center for Latina/o Studies in the Americas (CELASA)

2130 Fulton St.
Kalmanovitz Hall 334
San Francisco, CA 94117