Vol 57 No. 17 : October, 2005
Vol 57 No. 17 | Oct. 3, 2005
Professor Leads Students on “Phenomenal” Trip
Armando Vazquez-Ramos, a Long Beach resident since he first attended CSULB as an EOP student in 1968 and a co-founder of the Chicano and Latino Studies Department, led 13 CSULB students to Mexico and Venezuela in July to attend the Tlahuica Center for Language and Cultural Exchange (CETLALIC) and the 16th World Festival of Youth and Students in Caracas, Venezuela.
“The primary goal of the course is to compare and connect theory and practice and for the student to develop a critical understanding of how history, culture, politics and economics are factored into education,” he said.
After the two-week study in Cuernavaca, Vazquez-Ramos led the students as part of the Mexican delegation to the 16th World Festival of Youth and Students-Venezuela from Aug. 7-15, joining students from all over the world in Caracas for a week of study, sports and fun. Activities included visits around Venezuela to learn about social and economic reform programs, art exhibitions, theater performances, cultural events and concerts, an international Hip Hop Summit, various workshops and intramural sports.
“In their first-ever trip to the festival, our students had the chance to do everything from talking to a delegation of Iraqi students, discussing social reforms with Venezuelans and sharing strategies with Indian trade unionists to reviewing the effects of NAFTA with Mexican and Canadian students and exchanging health care ideas with young South Africans,” said Vazquez-Ramos.
The festival gave CSULB students the chance to meet other students like themselves who will be the future’s professionals and leaders.
“It enhanced the scope of their thinking and ideas,” said Vazquez-Ramos. “Students are required to submit a term paper that reflects the complexity of their experience, the language skills they acquired and the understanding of culture, society and politics they gained in Mexico and Venezuela.”
In its fifth year of operation at CSULB, the California-Mexico Project is largely supported by private donations, funds generated through the annual Latino Political Roast Banquet organized by Vazquez-Ramos, and university funding from the International Education Committee and Instruction Related Activity fund.
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