Yale Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
Volume 3, Issue 2
spring 2013
Editor, Geetanjali Singh Chanda
Managing Editors, Linda Hase & Craig Canfield
Layout Design, Nick Appleby

Latina/o New Haven
AMST 311 / ER&M 311

by Lucy Arthur-Paratley, ’14

Through the class Latina/o New Haven, I have learned not only about the Latino community in the United States, but also about New Haven more particularly. In this course we've read books, watched films, and had discussions much like other seminars that I have taken at Yale. Yet the addition of a required Community-Based Learning project has enhanced the course beyond a traditional seminar. Particularly since the scholarly documentation of Latinos in New Haven is somewhat limited, the Community-Based Learning project has given each of us the opportunity to explore a particular aspect of New Haven and to share what we have learned with the class as a whole. I've appreciated learning a lot about the New Haven Free Public Library, for example, but I've also enjoyed learning from my classmates about IRIS, Junta, Youth Rights Media, and other organizations in New Haven. In this way we not only extend the four walls of the classroom for ourselves, we extend it for each other and, hopefully, contribute meaningfully to our New Haven community.

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