Beca OLLAS-South High
The OLLAS-South High Scholarship
OLLAS' new scholarship for seniors graduating from Omaha South High.
Next Generation Leadership Scholarship (NGLS)
Now Accepting Applications
Deadline to apply online is Friday, June 12, 2015 at 5:00pm.
Visit our student opportunities page for more information.
Mexican Origin Population Growth since 1900:
OLLAS Report on the pages of El Perico
The most recent OLLAS report, A Demographic Portrait of the Mexican-Origin Population in Nebraska, is being published in a 4-part series in Omaha's bilingual newspaper, El Perico.
Find the first part on pages 6 and 8 in the April 2, 2015 issue of El Perico.
To view the issue, click the image.
JOLLAS Issue Online:
(Re)envisioning Chicana/Latina Feminist Methodologies
(Re)envisioning Chicana/Latina Feminist Methodologies
Read exciting new articles online with your JOLLAS subscription:
OLLAS Informational Materials Available Online
|Read about OLLAS' mission and goals, along with information about the Latino/Latin American Studies (LLS) Major and Chicano/Latino Studies (CLS) Minor. This flat sheet also describes the OLLAS Job Credential and what some of our graduates have said about OLLAS.|
|Lea sobre la misión y los objetivos de OLLAS, junto con la información sobre la especialización en Estudios Latinos y Latinoamericanos (LLS) y la sub-especialización en Estudios Chicanos/Latinos (CLS). Este hoja informativa describe también la credencial de trabajo que ofrece OLLAS y lo que algunos de nuestros graduados opinan sobre OLLAS.|
|Read about our major and minor requirements, the OLLAS Job Credential, OLLAS staff and faculty and selected OLLAS Programs on this informational flat sheet.|
Deepening our Understanding of the Unaccompanied Children Crisis
On July 18, 2014 OLLAS and the Heartland Workers Center released a “Statement of Concern about the Humanitarian Crisis of Unaccompanied Children” (see below). We received numerous messages of appreciation from the metro area community. Many Nebraskans have told us they wanted to know more and asked us to point them to reliable sources. In response, OLLAS produced a carefully researched INDEX OF INFORMATION with documents, in English and Spanish, addressing many of the key points mentioned in that statement. You can either go to the statement and click on hyperlinks found within each section or GO DIRECTLY TO THE INDEX.
The Heartland Workers Center (HWC) and the Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS) have issued a statement of concern about the humanitarian crisis confronting refugee children from Central America. We support our local partner organizations in their work to address this crisis. Please feel free to distribute widely. Read the statement...
El Centro Laboral y OLLAS expresan su preocupación por la crisis humanitaria afectando a niños centroamericanos
El Centro Laboral y OLLAS han publicado un documento sobre la crisis humanitaria afectando a miles de niños centroamericanos. Adáptela para sus tareas educativas y de incidencia política y distribuyan ampliamente. Para leer el documento, haga clic aquí...
|Previous features & events.|
OLLAS Charla Series
Dr. Cecilia Menjívar
Click the image above to view the bilingual flyer. Read the press release for more information.
Couldn't make it to the Charla? Watch it online.
¿No pudo venir a la Charla? Mírela en línea.
The History of Deportability in the U.S.
with Dr. Torrie Hester
The first OLLAS charla of the year was held on Wednesday, October 22 at 6:00pm in the UNO Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room. Click the image above for more information.
Film Streams and UNO's Office on Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS) were proud to announce Cinemateca 2014, their fourth biennial celebration of Latino, Latin-American and Spanish cinema which ran from Friday, Aug. 29 through Tuesday, Sept. 30. Read more...
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of the Great Plains
CUMBRE 2013: Celebrating a Decade
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Celebrating a Decade: Cumbre 2013, Nov. 8-9, marked OLLAS' 10-year anniversary
Visit the Cumbre 2013 website: www.unomaha.edu/ollas/cumbre2013/.
The Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS) at UNO invited everyone to help us celebrate 10 years of advancing knowledge, influencing policy and changing lives together. Cumbre was free and open to the public (fee required to attend keynote luncheon). For more information, visit the Cumbre 2013 website.
Cumbre: Looking to the future
• Latin America and Latino-America transformed
• Migration, Policies and Migrants' futures
• Latino Politics and Civic Engagement
• Precarious Rights and Access to Education: Testimonios from two generations of Latino youth
For more information, visit the Cumbre 2013 website.
Pedro Noguera, Award-winning educator, author and activist delivered luncheon keynote Nov. 9
OLLAS: Celebrating a Decade
10th Anniversary Video
Check out the OLLAS 10th Anniversary video featuring our wonderful partners highlighting some of our accomplishments in the last 10 years.
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OLLAS: 10 Years in Photos
Click here to view a slideshow of photos from OLLAS' first 10 years.
of the Great Plains
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Click for Summit Conclusions (English, Español and Clossing Session Presentation), bilingual workshop summary, presentations, photo gallery, reading list and evaluations from Cumbre 2010!!! and read more about Cumbre below. Go to: Cumbre 2010 webpage
Cumbre 2010 brought more than 500 participants from four continents, 15 countries, 14 states and a number of communities in Nebraska. We thank our supporters, volunteers and cosponsors for this success.
Here is one example of the many positive comments we have received about Cumbre 2010 and which summarizes many of the things we hope we are and wish to be (Para español ver más abajo):
"Thanks to the OLLAS team and volunteers for your organizational capacity, team building, your capacity to build alliances across institutions, your commitment with migrant communities, your capacity to offer friendship and enjoy life."
"Gracias al equipo de OLLAS y voluntarios por su capacidad organizativa, construcción de equipo, facilidad de construir alianzas institucionales, compromiso con los migrantes y sus comunidades, capacidad de ser amigos y disfrutar la vida."
Cumbre 2010 is cosponsored by the Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS), the International Network on Migration and Development (INMD), the National Association of Latin American and Caribbean Communities (NALACC) and a variety of local and national organizations.
The summit is being considered as one of the meetings being held in anticipation of the 2010 IV Global Forum on Migration and Development (Mexico), and the IV World Social Forum on Migration (Ecuador). A discussion about the significance of these forums as spaces for global immigration policy-making and a workshop to deepen civil society capacity to participate in these policy-making processes will be part of the summit’s activities
Cumbre 2010 provides a forum for diverse, international and local publics to engage in critical dialogues that speak to this year’s theme. Our main objectives are to share knowledge and increase our collective capacity to inform policy and effect change. Our focus is on Latino, migrant and Latin American communities within this hemisphere and across the globe. We welcome comparative analyses with, and experiences from, other migrant, ethnic and racial groups within and outside the United States. Read more...e Office of Latino/Latin American Studies of the Great Plains at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO), was established in the summer of 2003 as the result of ongoing efforts by the faculty, staff, and students of the UNO Chicano/Latino Studies (CLS) Program and a federal appropriation made possible by the U.S. Department of Education and the support of the Greater Omaha community.
OLLAS (pronounced "oy-yas")
Welcome to the Office of Latino/Latin American Studies of the Great Plains at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO)!
|NEW! Summer and Fall 2015 OLLAS Class Schedule Online Now|
Summer and Fall 2015 OLLAS Class Offerings
The Summer and Fall 2015 class offerings are now available online!
To view the schedules, click the images below.
Featured Special Topics Classes (Summer & Fall)
|Cumbre 2013 Video, PowerPoints & Photos Online Now|
Cumbre 2013 Keynote Video
Relive the Cumbre 2013 keynote address with the full video! Click the image to watch the Cumbre 2013 Keynote Address: Education, Immigration and Civil Rights by Dr. Pedro Noguera.
Click here to watch the rest of the Cumbre 2013 panel videos.
Cumbre 2013 PowerPoints
Catch the highlights of the Cumbre 2013 panels by viewing the presenters' PowerPoints! Click the image to visit the Cumbre 2013 Video, PowerPoints and Photos page.
Cumbre 2013 Photos
Revisit your favorite moments at Cumbre 2013 with all the photos! Click the image to visit the Cumbre 2013 Video, PowerPoints and Photos page.
OLLAS occasionally receives books related to the field of Latino/Latin American Studies. Here, in our "OLLAS Book of the Month" section, we will feature some of the exciting new titles that we receive.
Stop by and read them at the office in one of our comfy chairs. These books are sometimes available to be checked out from OLLAS for students, faculty or community members working on research projects or interested in reading for leisure.
This month, we are featuring Binational Human Rights: The U.S.-Mexico Experience edited by William Paul Simmons and Carol Mueller
Mexico ranks highly on many of the measures that have proven significant for creating a positive human rights record, yet the nation's most vulnerable populations suffer human rights abuses on a large scale. Some atrocities have received extensive and sensational coverage, while others have become routine or simply ignored by national and international media. Binational Human Rightsexamines both well-known and understudied instances of human rights crises in Mexico, arguing that these abuses must be understood not just within the context of Mexican policies but in relation to the actions or inactions of other nations—particularly the United States.
The United States and Mexico share the longest border in the world between a developed and a developing nation; the relationship between the two nations is complex, varied, and constantly changing, but the policies of each directly affect the human rights situation across the border. Binational Human Rightsbrings together leading scholars and human rights activists from the United States and Mexico to explain the mechanisms by which a perfect storm of structural and policy factors on both sides has led to such widespread human rights abuses. The authors make clear that substantial rhetorical and structural shifts in binational policies are necessary to significantly improve human rights.
Be sure to check back for our next "OLLAS Book of the Month"!
The Mexican Side of Nebraska: OLLAS Research Associate writes article in Prairie Fire
Dr. Lissette Aliaga Linares, OLLAS Research Associate, wrote an article in the latest edition of Prairie Fire about the history of Mexicans in Nebraska and how they are doing on some key trends, such as English proficiency levels, levels of homeownership, education levels and levels of unemployment. Read the article here.
UNO Students Earn $20,000 in Next Generation Leadership Scholarships (NGLS)
Eleven University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) students have received scholarship awards for the 2014-2015 academic year thanks to the Mammel Foundation.
The Next Generation Leadership Scholarship (NGLS) fund was established within the University of Nebraska Foundation for the purpose of encouraging and rewarding academic excellence and community engagement among UNO students with significant financial need. The Office of Latino/Latin American Studies of the Great Plains (OLLAS) at UNO has administered the scholarship program since 2005.
A Demographic Portrait of the Mexican-Origin Population in Nebraska
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A study released from the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Office of Latino and Latin American Studies (OLLAS) chronicles the current state of Mexican-origin residents of Nebraska, finding that while the numbers of immigrants moving into Nebraska has slowed in recent years, the population continues to grow and become more a part of the state’s demographic makeup. Read more...
We will be releasing a Spanish version of the report soon. OLLAS will present its findings to groups of Nebraska residents at several soon-to-be-announced public forums.
Read the KIOS news story about this report.
Un retrato demográfico de la población de origen mexicano en Nebraska
La Oficina de Estudios Latinos y Latinoamericanos (OLLAS) de la Universidad de Nebraska en Omaha (UNO) anuncia la publicación en español de su estudio sobre la evolución y el estado actual de la población residente de origen mexicano en Nebraska. Sus resultados muestran que aunque el número de inmigrantes que se ha mudado a Nebraska en los últimos años ha descendido, esta población continúa creciendo y se vuelve parte importante de la composición demográfica del estado. Lea más…
Latino Businesses in Nebraska:
A Preliminary Look
A new report released by the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS) shows that while the number of Latino-owned businesses in Nebraska are growing, they are also the least likely to survive or expand.
Invisible & Voiceless: Latinos in Council Bluffs, Iowa
While Latino immigrant workers in Council Bluffs, Iowa have contributed significantly to the Iowa and Nebraska economies, they remain virtually invisible and lack a voice in the city’s key venues and institutions – this according to a new report being released by the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS) and funded in part by the Iowa West Foundation.
The report, titled “Invisible & Voiceless” combines data from the 2010 Census with 26 interviews with members of Council Bluffs’ civic, government, education, religious, non-profit and business communities as well as Latino voices gathered at interviews and a small number of Spanish-language workshops and focus groups. Read more...
The University of Nebraska at Omaha’s (UNO) Office of Latino and Latin American Studies (OLLAS) has released a report and policy brief, in conjunction with the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC), describing the serious health problems facing the growing Latino and immigrant populations in Nebraska and Iowa, particularly the Omaha-Council Bluffs metropolitan area. Read more...
The policy brief presents evidence for major barriers to access medical care for Latinos and immigrants and the potential impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to improve health insurance coverage. The brief also outlines some potential solutions. Read more...
Read the Press Release for more information about this OLLAS-UNMC Collaboration.
Dos informes de UNO, UNMC demuestran grandes disparidades en la salud y acceso al cuidado para los Latinos e inmigrantes en Nebraska y Iowa
Although recent research from the Pew Hispanic Center suggests that the rate of recent immigration to the United States has slowed considerably, other studies clearly show that immigrants make substantial economic contributions to the communities in which they settle.
Using the US Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS) data for the sample period 2006-2010, this report focuses attention on the quantitative economic impact of first-generation, foreign-born individuals on the Omaha-Council Bluffs economy as well as the Nebraska and Iowa state economies in 2010. More ►
El impacto económico de los latinoamericanos y otros inmigrantes
Este resumen está basado en un reporte en inglés titulado: "The Economic Impact of Latin American & other Immigrants in Iowa, Nebraska & the Omaha-Council Bluffs Metropolitan Area". Este resumen, en español e ilustrado, es una herramienta que permite a la comunidad conversar sobre asuntos complejos en un lenguaje accesible. Este tipo de publicaciones responde a la misión y las metas de la Oficina de Estudios Latinos y Latinoamericanos (OLLAS) de crear espacios de aprendizaje más allá de las aulas universitarias.
Investigaciones recientes del Centro Hispano Pew estiman que la tasa de inmigración en los Estados Unidos se ha reducido considerablemente. Sin embargo, otros estudios también demuestran que los inmigrantes contribuyen de manera significativa a la economía de las comunidades en donde se establecen. Leer más ►
Latin America-UNO (LAUNO) Partnerships Earn Grant for Further Student Travel Opportunities through OLLAS
A UNO program focused on developing academic partnerships in Latin America and providing study abroad experiences for students has received $115,000 grant from the University of Nebraska Foundation.
The grant supports Latin America–UNO (LAUNO) Partnerships, a program created in collaboration with the Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS), Service Learning Academy, Department of Biology, and Department of Foreign Languages and Literature. With the funding, LAUNO will offer study abroad opportunities to South America, including Peru, Brazil and Costa Rica, and will integrate service learning aspects and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) programs. READ MORE ►
New OLLAS Metro
Area Latino Population Fact Sheet
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This is the first installment of fact sheets about the Latino population in the Omaha-Council Bluffs Metropolitan Statistical Area. Together, these fact sheets will provide the context for a forthcoming report on the economic and fiscal impacts of this population in the metro area. Read more...
Haz clic en el imagen arriba para leer el boletín informativo.
Este es el primer número de una serie de boletines informativos acerca de la población latina en el área estadística metropolitana de Omaha-Council Bluffs. Esta serie servirá de contexto al reporte venidero sobre los impactos económicos y fiscales de la población latina y migrante en el área metropolitana. Leer más...