Did you know that more than 25% of Rhode Island College students self-identify as LatinX or Hispanic? Thanks to the diversity of its student body, the College is now a federally recognized Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI). It's the first public four-year institution in Rhode Island and the New England region to receive the designation.
The Adams Library put together this guide to LatinX and Hispanic Studies with materials gathered for National Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 - Oct. 15). We hope that the resources listed below will be explored, considered, and enjoyed by all members of the RIC community throughout the year.
¿Tienes interés en conocer enfoques académicos para entender mejor las experiencias y la historia de la población herencia Latino Americana y Caribeña? Mire estos textos digitales cubriendo muchas disciplinas y conceptos de estudios Hispanos y Latinos/X.
Are you interested in academic approaches to understanding the experiences and history of people of Latin American and Caribbean descent? Check out these digital texts covering multiple disciplines and concepts in Hispanic and Latina/o/x Studies.
Mire algunos de los recursos digitales que recomendamos para localizar data y análisis de las comunidades Hispanas/Latinx en RI y en los Estados Unidos. Check out some of the digital resources that we recommend for locating data and analysis on the Hispanic and Latinx communities in RI and the US.
Mire algunos de nuestros recursos digitales favoritos, colecciones, exhibiciones, y proyectos. Check out some of our favorite digital collections, exhibits, and projects.
La película es un medio poderoso para descubrir culturas diversas, experiencias, perspectivas, y voces de la diáspora LatinX. Film is a powerful medium for encountering the diverse cultures, experiences, perspectives, and voices of the LatinX diaspora.
To help make this resource guide inclusive of gender, sexuality, ethnicity, and language, we have used terms from the National Association of Hispanic Journalists Cultural Competence Handbook. As explained in the Handbook:
Latino/Latina/Latinx/Hispanic are often used as “umbrella terms” describing people who are either themselves or their ancestors are from a Spanish speaking country. While the terms are sometimes used interchangeably, in reality “Hispanic” only refers to persons of Spanish-speaking origin or ancestry, while “Latino” is accurate to refer to anyone of Latin American origin or ancestry. Note: Latino applies to men, boys and mixed-gender groups (i.e. Latino community); Latina applies to women and girls. While it may be accurate to describe a person with either term “Hispanic” or “Latino”, it does not make the terms interchangeable, because they mean two separate things. When reporting, be mindful that some prefer to identify themselves as Hispanic, while others call themselves Latino or choose to be identified specifically by their country of origin.
Latinx is a gender-neutral term sometimes used in lieu of Latino or Latina for people of Latin American heritage. For those who identify with two or more Latin American cultural or racial identities, Latinx is a term that is all-inclusive.
NAHJ recommends asking the person or group how they want to be identified. In the Adams Library, we also recognize there are other terms that folx prefer.
Last Update: March 9, 2023
This guide was created by Reference Librarian Amy Barlow and reviewed by the College's Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ODEI). Some of the descriptions of resources were sourced from publisher and institutional websites while others were written by the author. ODEI staff generously translated English-language into Spanish-language text. Questions? Contact Amy Barlow at email@example.com.
The mission of ODEI is to promote active and ongoing processes that advance social and racial justice and equity college-wide. This team provides leadership to identify, assess, and eliminate institutional inequalities in areas related to race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, religion, social class, language, disability, socio-economic status, national origin, citizenship status, age, and veteran status. Their commitment is to promote campus climate that is diverse, supportive, welcoming and safe for all.