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November 3, 2015

UO Spanish Heritage Language Program featured in KUNP Destino Éxito segment

Since October of 2013 the UO Office of Enrollment Management has partnered with KUNP Univision Portland and MundoFox on a national effort to increase college attendance, retention and graduation by the Latino community. The initiative, Destino Exito, features in its most recent video two U of O students, Perla Alvarez and Gildardo E. Corona, who have both been participants in our Romance Languages SHL (Spanish Heritage Language) Program. The short video, which you can watch here, includes footage of the First Annual SHL Spring Convivio event, which took place on May 19th in the Many Nations Longhouse. As you can see in the segment, faculty and students enjoyed homemade tostadas prepared by our very own SHL Director, Profesora Claudia Holguin, ensalada de nopales, and tinga de pollo, among other delights, to the sounds of the Andean Music Ensemble (MUS 410), directed by Professor Juan Eduardo Wolf. After dinner, Profesora Holguín along with Amy Costales, Advisor for the SHL Program, presented graduating seniors with certificates acknowledging their participation in and dedication to SHL UO.

October 16, 2014

Spanish Heritage Language students tell their own stories in film

Spanish 218: Latino Heritage I forms part of the Spanish Heritage Language Program, an initiative of the Department of Romance Languages designed specifically for Spanish heritage language learners (SHL), students who have a personal, familial, or community connection to Spanish. Spanish 218 is for SHL who want to build their communication skills in Spanish while deepening their knowledge of U.S. Latino communities and their origins.

The idea behind these short documentaries is to empower our heritage learners to define their cultural heritage in their own words. With this project students explore and share with their classmates the cultural and linguistic expertise that they – and their communities – bring to the University of Oregon. This is their conceptualization of herencia (heritage).


Click here for more information on the Spanish Heritage Language program.

November 19, 2013

Nortec Collective Concert

Nortec Collective a Grammy-nominated musical group from Tijuana, Mexico, will be in Eugene Nov. 22-23 to perform and screen their documentary film. The full band’s first visit to the Pacific Northwest is sponsored by the College of Education’s Department of Education Studies and numerous other organizations at the University of Oregon, among them Romance Languages.

The concert will take place at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, at the historic McDonald Theatre in downtown Eugene. Tickets to the concert are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. For more information, visit any TicketsWest outlet or

Edward M. Olivos, a professor in the Department of Education Studies at the College of Education, was instrumental in bringing the group to Oregon. Although cultural sensitivity and appreciation is a key part of his program’s curriculum and a focus of many other organizations on campus, Olivos thought it was important to provide an authentic and fun event to promote these ideas.

“Misperceptions about Latin music often mirror those about Latino culture in general – narrow or old-fashioned at best, stereotypical at worst,” said Olivos. “Hosting Nortec Collective is a great way for us to show the community how modern, vital and relevant Latino culture is. Music can help shift perceptions through the shared cultural experience, particularly the music that is created along the U.S./Mexico border.”

About Nortec Collective

Nortec Collective Presents: Bostich + Fussible mixes electronica with musical elements and instrumentation from regional Mexican music (tambora and norteño), resulting in the nortec (“norteño” + “techno”) style. Nortec Collective has been nominated for two Latin Grammys and the 2008 album by Nortec Collective Presents: Bostich + Fussible, “Tijuana Sound Machine,” was nominated for best Latin rock/alternative album at the 51st annual Grammy Awards. They have been featured in four books, most notably, “Paso del Nortec: This is Tijuana” and “Nor-tec Rifa!: Electronic Dance Music from Tijuana to the World.” They have toured Latin America, Japan, Europe and the U.S., including shows at Rockefeller Center in New York City; the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.; Royal Festival Hall in London; and Elysée Montmarte in Paris. They have also performed on college campuses such as UC Davis and Cal State Los Angeles.

MEDIA CONTACT: Cody Pinkston, UO College of Education communications, 541-346-1392,