Latino/a Studies Program

Why LSP?

I took LSP 2200 and I felt like it was immensely beneficial to me. The class addressed issues faced by people from ethnic minorities in the US and also addressed the biases surrounding our attitudes toward them. I feel very strongly that if more classes like this existed, biases against minorities wouldn’t be as prevalent. - A. J.

I highly recommend this class to anyone interested in Health. This class has also been the most diverse class I’ve ever been in here at Cornell. This allowed students to bring their own perspectives and experiences and I learned a lot from my classmates. I truly enjoyed this course. Prof Parra is great and makes the lectures interesting and evoke conversation.

I have really enjoyed LSP 2200. It has taught me about the widespread disparities in the health world and the challenges that fare our society for solving these problems. Ethnic Studies are important to find because understanding these disparities from the perspectives of different culture is important and leads to mutual understanding across society. - Arielle Hollies

I took LSP 2200 because I wanted to learn more about the gaps and flaws in the US healthcare system, specifically on how minority groups are at a disadvantage.

I took this class to be more educated with the health problems people in the USA face, especially minorities. I believe this class is very eye-opening and is very useful for occupations since these problems we learn about occur in many places and jobs. We talk about things we wouldn’t normally know about.

As an aspiring health professional, I took this class because I was genuinely interested in sociological and epidemiological studies that shows how race, culture, ethnicity affects our health. I did not know what to expect in this class; however I can say that is imperative that everyone takes Professor Parra’s class. I am more knowledgeable and inspired. - Vivien

I took LSP 2200 because I wanted to learn about the health disparities in the U.S. especially those affecting minorities. Really interesting class! Great professor! We should have more classes like this one.

I took this class because I thought it would be useful for a future career in public health. Studying health from a minority experience with an emphasis on Latinos is important for a well-rounded education on health and healthcare.

This class helped me understand the real and often unnoticed problems that affect minorities and individuals of low socioeconomic status. These issues are crucial to be aware about and therefore this LSP program should continue to be funded.

I am currently enrolled in DSCO/LSP 2200; I came in not having very high expectations for this class but came out with this probably being my favorite class of the semester. I have gained such a greater understanding of the major health issues that currently plague our society and the biases they hold against minority populations. I have already recommended this class to at least five people and find it essential for everyone going into health or medical field.

This was my first time taking a Latino Studies Program and I wish I had taken an ethnic studies course earlier in my academic career. This is the most diverse classroom I have been in at Cornell and I have learned more about different perspectives and about race in America than any other classroom. I am so grateful for LSP.

LSP 2200: Sociology of Health + Ethnic Minorities. LSP 2010: Latinos in the U.S. These are both classes I’ve taken that have given me a better sociocultural understanding of health/social disparities that exist among Latinx communities and other minorities. These classes have been incredibly important - Kelly Taro

I took this class because of my interest in understanding disparities in care in minority communities. After this course, I could definitely take more classes similar to this one. Thank you for this.

I took LSP/DSOC 2200 because it’s important to understand disparities in health as a future doctor but also as a member of society. This class focused on all ethnic disparities in health, not just a single ethnicity.

I decided to enroll in LSP: Sociology of Health in Ethnic Minorities because it allowed me to explore medicine in the context of understanding and finding possible solutions to issues affecting underrepresented communities.

This class was pretty great - we had such a diverse classroom and people felt safe to speak out about their personal experiences, including discrimination. I think it’s very valuable to be in this environment. As someone who is neither black nor Latinx I learnt a great deal that will be very helpful to me in my future career path. I would say this class contributed as much to my learning experiences as science and math classes.

I am very interested in pursuing a LSP minor, although not being a 'conventional' major for this, really enjoy sociological studies relevant to my personal background.

I enrolled in LSP 2200 because I believe that it is my responsibility as a pre-med to learn about the disparities that exist in the field of medicine. My most important takeaway from this class is everything I learned about race-based differences in health in the United States. Since race/ethnicity is such a big factor on many aspects of life, it is important for everyone regardless of identity to educate themselves on these differences so that...

...we can move towards society where everyone has equal opportunities. Ethnic studies should be funded appropriately so that Cornell students after me can enjoy these same benefits of taking LSP classes. - Noel Reyes 2018

As a pre-med student, I’ve become aware of the crucial need for cultural education in the realm of medicine. Who is affected by certain afflictions and why, as well as how to best handle these situations is vital in providing specific, yet unbiased patient care. Dr. Parra has done an amazing job formatting a class that provides information for that very cause. - Andrea Makowski

I took this course because I wanted a different perspective on health issues not taught in other health-related courses. I have since gained a greater knowledge on health-care disparities between races. - Eric Reinhard

I spend more time at LSP than my own department. My own department including peers and faculty alienate me. I want an LSP major - my department pretends its in favor of diversity and and inclusion. And it’s not. - Eriva Solvinas

For the first time in all the years of my education, I have the opportunity to learn about my history - Giselle Rivera

Latino studies should not be hidden from our education. We deserve to learn about our history in this country and the impacts we have made - Vanessa Chicas

So that we can learn American history from the perspectives of those who have contributed so much. So that we can learn histories different from our own - Irene J.

People never get to see or learn about the history of marginalized groups. I finally saw parts of my history that people try to pretend isn’t important. Ethnic studies like LSP connects to everything in academia. Not just English or History but also Science, Agriculture and current issues - Everything! Thank you LSP for teaching me about my history and my people. K(no)w history. - Barbara Cruz

Latinx studies has given me a perspective into my own history and that of other groups in the Latinx diaspora. It has been a vital aspect of my college education. I feel that I am equipped to understand and analyze not just myself but the word around me - Julissa Andrade

This is a form of having our voice heard. This is a home for so many students. This is a chance for me to learn about my people, not anyone else. - Karen M. Loya

POC and other marginalized groups are constantly excluded from “mainstream” narratives. How are we supposed to feel when we don’t see ourselves and are constantly told that our history, our stories don’t matter. The existence of LSP/AASP/FGSS/Africana/ etc. all show that we matter. That our thoughts and what we produce matter. We need this - Sarah Zumba

We must support Latino/a/x studies because these people have been marginalized in America and their voice must be heard. It’s past time to stop ignoring these stories and powerful histories and cultures of Latino/a/x people and time to educate ourselves. SOLIDARITY!

Because these programs make racist homophobes angry and that’s what I live for

We need Latino studies nt only to fight current political climate of nativism/xenophobia but also to learn from the powerful organizers in latino labor movements, student movements.