Latino Roots Project Community Sponsor:

SELCO Community Credit Union


The Latino Roots in Oregon Project is an excellent tool that individuals and institutions are welcome to use for educational purposes. The offered materials are:

  • Seventeen Exhibit Panels
  • A Bilingual Booklet
  • Documentaries

Latino Roots materials (exhibit panels, booklet, documentaries) are available for use in middle schools, high schools, and higher education institutions in the state of Oregon. Curriculum development workshops for training students in how to produce their own Latino Roots stories can also be scheduled with the project research team.

If your institution is interested in booking Latino Roots materials please contact: cllas@uoregon.edu

Latino Root Course Sequence

The academic year 2010-2011 has been the first time the course Latino Roots I and II was offered at the University of Oregon. A sequence course developed by professors Lynn Stephen (Anthropology and Ethnic Studies) and Gabriela Martínez (School of Journalism and Communication). The sequence course was implemented during winter (Latino Roots I) and spring (Latino Roots II) thank to a grant from the UO Tom and Carol Williams Fund for Undergraduate Education and a grant from the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity. Taught by Gabriela Martínez and Lynn Stephen the course focused winter term on giving a historical, ethnographic, and documentary understanding of the processes of Latino immigration and settlement in Oregon in the past 200 years. In spring term, the class taught students how to produce a short video documentary from oral history interviews and archival materials.

Byron Sun with his video project.

You can learn more about the course, and see all final documentary videos produced by our students under Our Course. Just click on the name of individual students to view that person’s video. They are listed underneath the course information on the page Our Course.


The Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies (CLLAS) has made a significant contribution to building a foundation for the study of Oregon’s Latino and Latin American History through working with UO Special Collections and University Archive to archive the papers of Pineros y Campesinos del Nordoeste (PCUN, Oregon’s farmworkers union), and by supporting two Latino Roots classes which have trained 18 students to produce oral histories and short documentary films that profile the stories of Latino immigrants and settlers in the state. This collaboration makes available to researchers, educators, students, and the public in Oregon and beyond, a rich array of documents, photos, posters, and audio and video recordings that capture the evolution of Oregon’s largest Latino organization and the experiences and stories of a wide range of Latino individuals and families in the state.

On June 6, 2011, the University of Oregon and PCUN celebrates their new partnership cemented through the archiving project and UO students deposit their documentary videos which are available through this website and hosted by Special Collections at the Knight Library as well. Significant support for the Latino Roots projects came from the Williams Council, the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Journalism and Communication, and the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity. These projects and other research are doing much to build the historical record in Oregon and to provide resources for future generations. Students have been transformed by the experience of documenting the stories of Latino and Latin American immigrants and the classes have provided a model for how to enrich the state’s historical record to include other groups as well.

Professors Lynn Stephen and Gabriela Martínez plan to continue teaching the Latino Roots courses and continue in their partnership with the community. They hope to train additional University of Oregon students to keep adding to the visual and written history of Latinos in the state of Oregon as the population continues to grow.