Department Awards

Dr. Jorge Chapa Memorial Scholarship in Latina/o Studies

This award is named in honor of Dr. Jorge Chapa, a beloved member of our department who passed away in the fall of 2015. Dr. Chapa received a PhD in Sociology from the University of California at Berkeley in 1985. He was a pioneer in the field of Latino/a demography/public policy and a prolific scholar. He was the author, editor, co-author or co-editor of 12 books, and he published 33 refereed journal articles and book chapters. His research was concerned with such critical issues as diversity in higher education, Latina/os in the Midwest, racial disparities in health, demographic change and...

LLS Major Scholarship

Award Theme: The Legacy of '92 A broad coalition of student activists and their allies pushed the University to respond to the underrepresentation of Latina/Latino students and faculty and the lack of institutional and intellectual support for Latinas/Latinos on campus in 1992. Students called for the University to address the low retention of Latino students on campus, to incorporate scholarship on Latinos in the general curriculum through the establishment of a Latina/Latino Studies Program, and to address campus climate issues in relation to ethnic diversity. In 1996, due...

LLS Undergraduate Research Award

The Latina/Latino Studies Department at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign is pleased to announce the LLS Undergraduate Research Award. This award recognizes exceptional undergraduate research and/or critical analysis in the field of Latina/Latino Studies. Eligibility/Requirements: Any current undergraduate student at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign is eligible to apply. All disciplines/majors are encouraged to apply. Research must be relevant to Latina/Latino Studies. We encourage students to submit papers between 12-20 pages. Papers over 20 pages will still be...

Teaching Assistantships

2021-2022 academic year The Department of Latina/Latino Studies is seeking several teaching assistant positions: One teaching assistant at the 25% level to assist in grading LLS 242: Intro to Latina/o Literature for Fall 2021. Two teaching assistants at the 50% level to teach 2 discussion sections each of LLS 100: Intro Latina/o Studies for Fall 2021. Two teaching assistants at the 50% level to teach 2 discussion sections each of LLS 100: Intro Latina/o Studies for Spring 2022. One ...