Latinos in Beloit Collection
Scope and Contents
The Collection contains multiple Latin@ perspectives on their roles as students at Beloit College. It illustrates non-minority exposure and interaction with the Latin@ Community in Beloit (college or city). While local history on the Latin@ community is relevant, and briefly mentioned under associated material, this collection focuses more on the dynamic that exists between Beloit College and Latin@ Culture. Localized material includes: oral histories, varying student perspectives, relevant roundtable articles, uncut interviews with undocumented students, student-based diversity initiatives (Voces Latinas, Multicultural Sorority Group, DREAMers Fund etc.), larger course-based projects (Senior Seminar, Latin@ Educational Issues Conference), and a record of restricted identities.
"En Sus Propias Palabras, Latinos de Beloit: In Their Own Words, Latinos of Beloit, Community Oral History" is a series based on an oral history project led by professor Sylvia Lopez. Audio interviews are available.
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Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for research; however, some materials contain personal identity information about undocumented students and are sealed until their legal citizenship status changes.
Biographical / Historical
This collection was initially compiled as a final project for Linda Sturz' HIST /MUST 293: Constructing the Archive, completed in the spring of 2012. It involved localizing relevant material on the position of Latin@s at Beloit College. Material currently belonging to Beloit College Archives was surveyed and incorporated.
With the current ongoing debate about starting an ethnic studies program at Beloit I [Ximena Mora'12] noticed a shortage of archival material on the Latin@ perspective. This is particularly alarming in a location like Beloit where the Latin@ community flourishes beyond the boundaries of "the bubble". Regardless of how one measures educational outcomes, Latin@s "suffer the lowest educational attainment of any major racial or ethnic group in the United States." With diversity as a forefront of the Beloit College experience, minority groups should not be written out of Beloit College's historical record based on population. While Latin@s form a small percentage of the Beloit College student body, their experiences can be vital to empowering campus-wide cultural understanding and academic motivation for future Latin@ Students.
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- Latin@s in Beloit Collection
- Ximena Mora'12. Last updated by Michelle Tom in June, 2015.
- May 2, 2012
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