This course examines policy issues affecting Latinx populations in the United States and social movements that have advocated for Latinx communities. Students will gain a nuanced understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing Latinx populations in areas such as immigration, education, and employment. The course will explore the ways in which Latinx groups have organized and advocated for policy changes at the local, state, and national levels.
Importantly, this course will highlight the diversity of Latinx populations in the United States and the complex intersections of race, indigeneity, class, gender, sexuality, age, national origin, and immigration status that shape political agendas and policy impacts. By the end of the course, students will have developed the skills to analyze policy proposals, evaluate their potential impacts on Latinx communities, and assess current policy debates in the context of Latinx social movements.