Central American Studies

  • Central American and Transborder Studies
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  • Panorama City High School students in a group visiting CSUN
  • Sky writing over Los Angeles, "No cages, no jaulas."
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Department of Central American and Transborder Studies

The Department of Central American and Transborder Studies Stands in Solidarity with Black Lives Matter

The Department of Central American and Transborder Studies at CSUN stands in solidarity with our Black brothers and sisters, many of whom are members of our community, who are the target of senseless acts of police violence and are affected by institutional forms of exclusion and exploitation. We also stand in solidarity with the Black and Indigenous communities in Central America and from Central America who have endured centuries of racism and discrimination. 

The senseless murder of George Floyd was not a separate event but one more in a long list of acts of brutality committed for centuries by authorities against Black, Brown, American Indian, and Indigenous peoples, as well as diverse communities of immigrants that are an integral part of the fabric of this nation, and yet, do not enjoy equality, do not have the ability to fulfill their basic rights, do not have access to justice. We are moved by the multiple expressions of collective solidarity, despair, and outrage that have filled the streets of this country and the world, and we continue to believe that another world, a more just world, is possible. 

We affirm that Black lives matter, that we need to build a more fair world together, and that education is key to fight colonialism and racism, to learn more about each other, and to further solidarity and mutuality between our different communities. We invite our students, alumni, faculty, and staff, and all the communities that support each of us to stand against White supremacy, to speak out against the senseless killing of Black men and women, to stand against the separation of families, the mistreatment of immigrants, the militarization of our communities, our cities, and the border. 

Dear Students,

The faculty in the Department of Central American and Transborder Studies care for you and for your well being.

If there is anything we can do to support you, please know that you can reach out to us via email or we can schedule virtual meetings with you to help you in the online transition or to help you find resources or contacts to find the resources that you need.  We are here for you.

Please remember to project yourselves and stay safe as you are the future of our community.  The Central American people are a community of immigrants who have endured numerous challenges and we will overcome these difficult times too.  Stay positive.

Also, please know that we are working on a series of events and community virtual gatherings so that we can continue sharing and learning together through these times of social distancing.

Wishing you good health and all the best.

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The Department of Central American Studies has a tri-fold mission: to empower the large and growing Central American community in the United States by promoting academic excellence, community involvement, and cultural diversity; to open spaces of global citizenship and dialogue between academia and society that contribute to the construction of a Central American transnational identity; and to promote an understanding and appreciation of the diverse Central American cultures, ethnicities, experiences, and worldviews from an interdisciplinary global perspective.