About the Course Assignment
Chicano Studies 159AC: “Mexican and Central American Migration” attempts to answer the following questions: why does Mexican and Central American immigration continue to be the target of anti-immigrant hysteria and unjust immigration policy? And how do Mexican and Central American immigrant communities navigate, contest, and challenge these policies in their everyday lives? In empowering students to seek answers to these questions, the projects for this class included a group project where students could create a podcast, webcast, or infographic exploring one week’s material in class with topics ranging from braceros and the construction of illegality to the crimmigration system. Additionally, for their final project, students created Spark presentations to present individual oral histories of someone who identifies as an immigrant, often exploring a deeply personal history of a loved one as it relates to course material, or uplifting a community organization that works to uplift immigrant rights.