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CLACS' Annual Graduate Student Conference

Published: Thursday, 18 Jan 2018
Author: Joy M Whitten
Department: Latin American Studies Center

Graduate students from Arts and Letters, Social Science, Ag and Natural Resources, Comm Arts and Sciences, and Vet Med will present their research in interdisciplinary panels on the afternoon of Feb. 9 from 1-5, with lunch from Cocina Cubana served 2-3. the conference program is on the CLACS website. The presentations have been grouped into 3 interdisciplinary panels:

  • Diaspora Communities and Identities
  • Intersections of Human, Animal, and Environmental Health
  • Official Policies, Unofficial Strategies and Their Intersections/Effects
  • Recognizing the growing demand in both academic and non-academic employment for researchers who can work collaboratively across disciplines,

The center appreciates the thought and effort that this year's organizing committee put into designing the conference. The committee comprised five graduate students from four colleges: Yadira Nieves from Communication Arts and Sciences, Osvaldo Sandoval from Arts and Letters, Nerli Paredes and Sara Torres from Social Science, and Eliana Castro from Education.

Recognizing the growing demand in both academic and non-academic employment for researchers who can work collaboratively across disciplines, the conference is part of CLACS' efforts to facilitate interdisciplinary engagements to enrich graduate students' disciplinary programs of study. In order to catalyze conversations across disciplines, approaches, and types of data, the organizing committee crafts panels thematically, placing each student in a session with students from other disciplines working on related topics.

For students in the first years of graduate study, the annual CLACS conference serves as an early step in the process of professionalization and intellectual engagement beyond their home departments. The conference also provides a venue for advanced students to present their findings to an interdisciplinary audience working on related themes, to polish their professional presentation skills in a supportive context, and to serve as models for beginning graduate students.