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The Department of Latina/Latino Studies engages the campus community in many ways. We provide support to students through means such as scholarships, grants, employment, conference opportunities, and professional development.

LLS Teaching Assistantships 2018-19

The Department of Latina/Latino Studies is seeking:

  • One teaching assistant at the 25% level to assist in grading LLS 242: Intro to Latina/o Literature for Fall 2018.
  • Two teaching assistants at the 50% level to teach 2 discussion sections each of LLS 100: Intro Latina/o Studies for Fall 2018 and/or Spring 2019.
  • One teaching assistant at the 50% level to teach 2 discussion sections of LLS 279 Mexican-American History for Spring 2019.

A tuition and fee waiver is possible, depending on the percentage of appointment, and the applicant’s graduate program. Graduate students appointed to the position will be expected to work hours and meet responsibilities commensurate with those outlined by the Graduate College and the University’s agreement with the Graduate Employment Organization (

The positions will begin August 16, 2018 and extend to May 15, 2019. The applicant must be available prior to the beginning of the fall and spring terms for orientation and class preparation and must also be available for finals and grading at the end of the academic year.

Graduate students with teaching experience in Latina/Latino Studies and/or ethnic studies will receive priority consideration.

Application Process

  1. Letter of application detailing your interest and qualifications for the assistantship. Make sure to indicate experience and interest in teaching Latina/Latino Studies and/or ethnic studies courses.
  2. Curriculum vitae.
  3. Two letters of reference, with one being from the graduate advisor. If you have taught for Latina/Latino Studies, one reference should be from the supervising instructor for the course.
  4. Unofficial graduate transcripts.
  5. Official course evaluation scores, if applicable.
  6. Writing sample.
  7. Finalists must also be available for an interview with a Latina/Latino Studies faculty committee.

Submit the above application materials by email to Alicia P. Rodriguez, Academic Advisor and Administrative Coordinator, at by Friday, April 6, 2018.

Department of Latina/Latino Studies

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

1207 West Oregon Street

Urbana, IL 61801


LLS Undergraduate Research Award 2017-18

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.


  • 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 eligible for the award. Eligible papers must be of professional quality (i.e., grammar and spell-checked, proper citations, copy-edited, etc.).
  • The award is in the amount of $500. Award money will be deposited in prizewinner’s student account and must be used for educational purposes.
  • Awardee will present his/her research at the LLS Undergraduate Spring Symposium.

To apply, email your research paper to Laura Castañeda ( with “LLS Research Award Application” in the subject line. Only one paper per student will be accepted. Applications will be evaluated by the LLS Research Committee; however, substitutions will be made if a member of the evaluation committee directed an applicant’s research paper as either an adviser or professor of a class for which the paper was written. If none of the applications meet the high academic standards of the LLS Department, no award will be given. Prizewinner will be notified in April.

Application Deadline: April 6, 2018

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 to the tireless efforts of students and allies the Latina/Latino Studies Program was established. The Program was reorganized into the Department of Latina/Latino Studies in 2010.

This award recognizes the memory of this historical moment. Since the mobilizations of 1992, the Department of Latina/Latino Studies has grown into a vibrant academic unit that trains students to be competent interdisciplinary scholars who critically examine the impact of Latinos in the social world. This award recognizes a Latina/o Studies major who is achieving excellence in the classroom and making an impact in their community. The recipient of the scholarship will receive a one-year $1,500 award to be credited to their University Financial Account for 2017-2018.


Eligible students must be a declared Latina/Latino Studies major who will be enrolled as a continuing student in 2017-2018. Students must be making adequate progress towards their degree. The recipient should have a strong academic record with a GPA in Latina/Latino Studies of at least 3.0.

To Apply

  1. Fill out an application form.
  2. Provide an official or unofficial transcript.
  3. Provide one confidential letter of reference by faculty or staff. The letter should be signed and provided in a signed and sealed envelope.
  4. Submit an essay answering the following questions:
    • Why did you choose to major in Latina/Latino Studies?
    • How will you use or have you used the material you are learning in Latina/Latino Studies outside of the classroom?
    • How are you serving or will be serving the Latina/o community on or off-campus through your leadership or skills?

Applications should be submitted by Friday April 20, 2018 to:

Alicia P. Rodriguez
Department of Latina/Latino Studies, MC-136
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
1207 West Oregon
Urbana, IL 61801

For further information about the scholarship, contact the Department of Latina/Latino Studies at (217)265-0370.

Conference Travel Award


The Conference Travel Award supports students presenting papers or creative work at professional conferences. Funding will be given to LLS undergraduate and graduate student majors and minors presenting a paper at a conference that specifically relates to the U.S. Latina/o experience. Funding is limited and not all applications may be awarded.

The following guidelines apply:

  1. Priority will be given to students who did not receive a LLS travel award in the previous academic year.
  2. Applications for funding must be submitted to the Department of Latina/Latino Studies by the following deadlines: October 1st for Fall semester and April 1st for Spring and Summer semesters.
  3. Students applying for the grants must be registered and in good academic standing during the term when the grant is received.
  4. Applications must be submitted before travel commences and will not be accepted retroactively.
  5. Students must provide evidence of paper acceptance.
  6. A maximum of $400 will be awarded. However, students are encouraged to seek supplementary funding. (Please be aware that these funds will be processed through Financial Aid and are subject to the rules and regulations of that unit.)
  7. Only one award will be provided to a student per academic year due to limited funds.
  8. Students are required to turn in all original receipts that will be reimbursed within two weeks of their trip.
  9. Students who receive the travel award may be expected to present at an end-of-the-semester brown-bag session.

To Apply

Applicants for conference travel support should submit a letter of application that states:

  1. The name of the conference
  2. How attendance in the conference will enhance your intellectual development
  3. Departmental or other additional sources of support, if applicable
  4. A tentative budget for participation in the conference(See the Conference Travel Award Application)

Please note:

Applications should be sent to:

Student Conference Travel Awards

Department of Latina/Latino Studies

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

1207 W. Oregon Street, MC 136

Urbana, IL 61801

  • For further information about the Student Conference Travel Awards, contact the Department of Latina/Latino Studies at (217) 265-0370.