La Bienvenida (8/29/2020)
De parte de La Casa Cultural de Julia de Burgos, el centro Latino de Yale, le damos la bienvenida a la familia de Yale! Es nuestro placer invitar a los padres, padrinos/madrinas ó amistades de los estudiantes de la Clase de 2024. Acompáñenos a conversar completamente en español. Esta sesión será sobre no solo la transición de sus hijos/hijas/estudiantes, pero también la transición de ustedes como familiares este primer año. También tendremos un panel de estudiantes y graduados dispuestos a conversar con ustedes, y anticipamos sus preguntas.
La Casa’s Virtual Open House (9/1/2020)
Come learn about La Casa and our student organizations at our open house on Tuesday at 5:30pm ET. Dean Galvez and AD Carolina will host a session on what La Casa is, what we do, and our plans for the year, along with some Q&A time.
Latinx Faculty Panel (9/02/2020)
Join La Casa as our Oral History Series continues. This time around we are excited to welcome back Mariel Novas, YC ‘10! Mariel Novas was in Davenport College and graduated in 2010 with a degree in History & Ethnicity, Race, and Migration. La Casa Cultural Julia de Burgos was her second home - she worked at La Casa all four years of undergrad, was President of the Dominican Students Association, and co-founded Sabrosura: Latin Dance Team at Yale as a sophomore. As a Mellon Mays Fellow, she studied Dominican diasporic identity and cultural production in the 19th and 20th centuries, the topic of her award-winning senior thesis. She discovered her love for education as a family liaison and tutor for New Haven youth with Squash Haven, which helps students strive for and maintain school success and physical wellness. Above all, Mariel remembers Yale for the lifelong friends she made while there as a first-generation college student. Mariel completed her doctorate in Education Leadership at the Harvard Graduate School of Education in May 2020 and currently serves as Assistant Director of Partnerships & Engagement for Massachusetts at The Education Trust. In her role, Mariel convenes the Massachusetts Education Equity Partnership, a statewide collective of civil rights, social justice, and education advocates focused on eliminating disparities and advancing opportunities for historically underserved students.
Latinx Heritage Month 2020
LHM Kickoff ft. Dr Amalia Dache, moderated by alumna Ivetty Estepan YC ‘18 (9/16/2020). Topic: “La Lucha Por La Libertad y Solidaridad: An Afro-Cuban American Theory of Calle”
For this year’s Latinx Heritage Month Kickoff, Dr. Amalia Dache will describe her theory of Calle and illustrate how her involvement in racial justice movements in Ferguson, Missouri and at the University of Missouri was rooted in an urban-centric Afro-Cubanismo. Having been born in the City of Havana, Cuba and grown up in Rochester, New York, Dr. Dache’s neighborhood context and familial spiritual connections to Palo Monte and La Regla de Ocha (known in the U.S. as Santeria) were seminal seeds of Black Consciousness. In this presentation, AfroCuban ethno-racial political dialectics will be explored through brief histories of resistance in Cuba during the colonial period, the Republic, and the current Revolutionary era. This hemispheric context will situate how understanding Black struggles of Cubans on the island and in the U.S. can become points of departure to more fully understand how the ethic of global black solidarity is situated within local, national, and transnational Black migrations, movements, and activism. This talk will be moderated by alumna, Ivetty Estepan YC ‘18.
LHM talk with Dr. Paul Joseph Lopez Oro, moderated by La Casa Student Coordinator Celia Cacho YC ‘22 (9/30/2020). Topic: “Black Central Americans in the United States: Mestizaje and Anti-Black Racism”
Central Americans of African descent are in the margins on the histories of transmigrations and political movements in the isthmus and their diasporas. The absence of Black Central Americans in Latinx Studies and Central American Studies is an epistemological violence inherited from Latin American mestizaje. The insurgence of Afro-Latinx Studies is an intellectual and political response to the erasure and negation of Black people and Blackness within the field of Latina/o/x Studies. In this talk, I map out the political urgency to call for a refashioning of Afrolatinidad that dismantles the dangerous allure of ethno-racial nationalism (i.e., Afro-[insert nation-state]) and mappability of Blackness into exclusionary colonial geographies of Spanish-speaking Americas (i.e., “you must be Dominican, because you don’t look Guatemalan”). Drawing on oral history interviews, visual cultures, and social media vignettes, I demonstrate how transgenerational Garifuna New Yorkers negotiate, articulate, and perform their multiple subjectivities as Black, Indigenous, and Latinx.
“Beyond the Ballot” series talk with Rosa Clemente, moderated by La Casa Graduate Assistant Taina Perez YSE ‘22 (10/15/2020). Topic: “We the People: Resisting & Speaking Truth in Uncertain Times”
LHM Closing ft. Rosa Clemente, moderated by La Casa Assistant Director Carolina Dávila (10/16/2020). Topic: “Who is Black? Afro-Latinx and the #BlackLivesMatter Movement”
Join La Casa Cultural’s closing keynote for Latinx Heritage Month, co-sponsored by the Afro-American Cultural Center and the Yale Center for the Study of Race, Indigeneity, and Transnational Migration.
Rosa Alicia Clemente is a Black-Puerto Rican woman born and raised in the Bronx, NY. She is an organizer, producer, independent journalist and scholar-activist. Rosa was the first ever Afro-Latina women to run for Vice-President of the United States in 2008 on the Green Party ticket. She and her running mate, Cynthia McKinney, were to this date the only women of color ticket in American presidential history. She is a frequent guest on television, radio and online media, as her opinions on critical current events are widely sought after. As president of Know Thy Self Productions, she has produced several major community activism tours over the last 20 years. As a co-founder and national coordinator of the first ever National Hip-Hop Political Convention in 2003, Rosa helped bring together more than 3000 activists to create and implement a national political agenda for the Hip-Hop generation. She also co-founded the REACH Hip-Hop Coalition, a Hip-Hop generation-based media justice organization.