- Framing & big picture overview
- Review process and timeline
- Introduce Journey Guides
- Discuss ways we want to go on this journey together
- Introducing the ancient and ever-present power of storytelling
- Introduction to Genealogy
- Review the history of the creation and use of the concept of race
- Review the history of Latinxs in Chicago, specifically in the northwest side
- 11am Juliet & Violet: Welcome, Introductions and Icebreaker, Review Agenda
- 11:20 am Juliet/Violet: Group agreements to create Safe Space
- 11:35am David: Framing & big picture overview,
- 11:50am Working Lunch
- 12pm David: The ancient and ever-present power of storytelling in our personal lives, the lives of our community, our organizations and as a tool to heal racial wounds.
Followed by first Storytelling assignment – Construct a short 3-5 minute story about what you have learned of your ancestor’s journey so far.
- 1pm David: Interactive presentation on the history of the creation and use of the concept of race. Specifically the historical interconnectedness and impact of power and economics and racism on all people who reside(d) in America yesterday, and today.
First research and storytelling assignments: Consider the major social, economic and political conditions that shaped your ancestors’ decisions over the last 200 years.
- 2pm Kerry: Introduction to the Practice, Power, & Limitations of Genealogy
Question: What are your hopes for this process?
- Why We Do Genealogy?
- How We Do Genealogy?
- What sites are available to search for Latinx families?
- What genealogical records are available?
- What kind of information was included in these records?
- What do we learn from the records?
Check-in: How are you reacting to this process?
Genealogy Learning Outcomes
At the end of this project, you will know more about:
- The value of genealogy as a way to connect with the strengths of our ancestors
- How to search the major genealogy sites
- How to find and document your family history
- How to understand genealogical DNA test results
- How your family history is part of your story
3:30pm Jesse Mumm: Latinxs in Chicago: waves of migrations, racialized housing
practices, a history of displacement and recreating home
4:45pm Juliet/Violet: Closing PAR Questions:
- Jot down a few notes to yourself→ share in pairs→ Whole Group:What surprised you today?
- Jot down a few notes to yourself→ share in pairs→ What do you want to learn more about?
- Discuss Racialization of LaAm and Racial categories in LaAm vs. US (through a Loteria Castas game, discussion and presentation)
- What are you considered in your family? (Blanquito/a Negrito/a) What nicknames are given to you or what stereotypes are shared? Where do we learn this from? Do you get treated differently.
- Presentation of Racial Categories in the US Vs Latin America:
- Review assignment: Youth share 5 pictures of the first of their ancestors) to migrate to Chicago. Names of the towns they came from in LaAm and the years in which they migrated.
- Mixed Media Memes “Create a snapshot of your family”: Construct some kind of creative way to present these facts to the rest of the group (collage, story, Memes, video, paint, etc)
- Presentations from Emanuel Garcia about how and why he decided to begin a podcast with his abuelita.
- Race, Ethnicity vs Nationality –often used interchangeably
- Race as being “Socially Constructed” VS Biological
- Exploration of the Castas system and ways these racial hierarchies show up in our families thinking about race and class in Latinx families
- Latinos as “race” vs. “ethnicity”
Weekly Assignments: Bring a sketch of a family tree for next week’s’ session: starting from you go as far up the Family Tree Branches as you can, bring in names, birth/death dates, names of countries, and who was the first ancestor to migrate to the United States.