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Through Hispanic Eyes

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The history of the Hispanic Summer Program is rich with changes and innovations. Among these was the creation, in 2002, of a 4-day “mini-program,” within the summer program itself, geared toward the non-Hispanic faculty of our sponsoring institutions.

This project was prompted by the interest of many of our non-Latino/a colleagues in the reality of U.S. Latinas/os, as well as in the challenges posed by the increasingly multi-ethnic classrooms, multi-cultural congregations, multi-racial faculty, and diverse neighborhoods, towns, and cities in our global world. As a response, the leadership of the Hispanic Summer Program thought it was a good idea to profit from our 13-day summer gathering to invite a dozen of our non-Hispanic colleagues to participate in dialogue, reflection, fellowship, and celebration with the near 100 Latina/o graduate students and 8 Hispanic faculty in theology & religion of each HSP.

Thanks to a generous grant from the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion, the Hispanic Summer Program was able to launch in 2002 the Faculty Seminar Through Hispanic Eyes, which has been offered almost every single year since.

This seminar provides an opportunity for non-Hispanic faculty in our sponsoring institutions to explore, among other things, issues related to the teaching, contributions, recruitment, support, and participation of Latinos/as in our academic programs, in our churches, and in our communities at large.

Over 50 African-American, European-American, and Asian-American professors from a variety of seminaries and universities have thus far attended this faculty seminar and have highly praised this experience, recommending it to many of their colleagues, and encouraging the HSP to continue holding it annually.

We will be able to offer Through Hispanic Eyes again during the 2013 session of the Hispanic Summer Program at the Oblate School of Theology (San Antonio, Texas). The dates for the seminar are Sunday, June 30-Wednesday, July 3, 2013. We have funds to support twelve Presidents & Deans participants from our sponsoring institutions at $400 per person to be paid by the participant or by her/his institution. The HSP will cover the remaining costs of airfare, room and board for the participating Presidents & Deans.

If you are interested in this program – or know a professor in your institution who could be – please let us know ASAP of those from your institution who wish to participate in the Seminar. Selection will be made on the basis of the date when the application is received. An application form for your use might be downloaded above.

Thank you for your continued support for the Hispanic Summer Program!