Two LALS Professors to be Terminated

According to the director of the Chicano/Latino Research Center (CLRC), Dr. Gabriela Arredondo, two professors from the Latin American and Latino Studies (LALS) Department are being terminated. This is the letter Dr. Arredondo released:

As a response to the current budget crisis, Social Sciences Dean Sheldon Kamieniecki is recommending the termination of Dr. Susanne Jonas and Dr. Guillermo Delgado, founding members of the CLRC, long-time research fellows, and founding members of the LALS Department.

As many of you know, they are valued and treasured teachers. Dr. Jonas joined the UCSC community in 1986; Dr. Delgado joined us in 1989. In addition to teaching successfully six courses per year, both are internationally distinguished scholars whose research is published in leading journals and presses both in the U.S. and in Latin America.

Dr. Delgado (PhD, UT Austin) is an advisor to the President of Bolivia and is currently serving on the Executive Committee of LASA. He is a specialist in Latin American comparative indigeneity; indigenous property rights; cultures of the sacred; Quechua/Andean linguistics, culture theory, and anthropology in the developing world.

Dr. Jonas (PhD, UC Berkeley) recently received a prestigious award from ALAS (Asociacion Latinoamericano de Sociologia) and is an internationally renowned scholar on Central America. She is a specialist in Central American immigration and Latino communities in the U.S., comparative Latin American politics, Central American binational organizing, U.S. foreign policy in Latin America, the Left in Latin America, and comparative peace processes in Central America.

As many of you already know, colleagues in the Community Studies Department are also facing extreme consequences under proposed budget cuts.

The CLRC invites you to join us in firmly supporting our colleagues. Please share this information widely. Your expressed support and active opposition to the termination of Dr. Delgado and Dr. Jonas is critical in these difficult times.

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