Latina/o Diaspora in the Americas Project (LDAP)
The Latina/o Diaspora in the Americas Project, newly founded in 2014, is a growing, award-winning archive of 100+ oral histories dedicated to creating space for Latina/os to share their historical experiences related to identity, immigration reform, labor conditions, education, and civil rights.
- Oral history interviews for the Latina/o Diaspora in the Americas Project are currently undergoing processing, and interview audio is available to access through the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program offices. Please contact us for more information.
- Digital media resources including documentaries, student film projects, and podcasts are now online!
- 2014 LDAP Listing including all collections and interviewees is available online.
- LDAP Familia, a WordPress blog maintained by project coordinators, is newly-launched for Fall 2015 as a storybox to share experiences and reflections.
2015 Diversity Award
LDAP was recently awarded the Society of American Archivists‘ Diversity Award for 2015 for demonstrating significant achievement in archival activism, education, outreach, and service, based on long-term impacts improving and promoting diversity. Founding coordinator Génesis Lara accepted the award in August 2015 at the SAA conference in Cleveland, OH.
Research topics in Spring 2015 focused on Tucson, Arizona, home to 145,234 Mexican Americans, and the Mexican American Studies program in the Tucson Unified School District. LDAP Coordinator Génesis Lara led 11 undergraduate and graduate students to Tucson over spring break to record the voices of students, community leaders, parents, and educators who have been deeply affected by Arizona policymakers, in connection with Prescott College.
UF students and project coordinators were able to participate in this transformative experience at no cost because of generous contributions from Mark Proctor, the UF Spanish and Portuguese Studies Department, and SPOHP.
Each semester, LDAP conducts new oral histories related to Latinos in the Global South on themes including identity, immigration reform, labor conditions, education and civil rights. Major topics of focus include immigration history in the Americas, Nuestras Historias with Hispanic-Latino UF alumni, and the Tucson Ethnic Studies program. Read about news and updates on the LDAP Familia blog.
In 2015-2016, LDAP will coordinate a $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities/American Library Association for ‘Latino Americans: 500 Years of History’ to conduct history programming across the state of Florida. The grant is organized by Sarah McNamara, SPOHP alumna and current PhD candidate in history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with LDAP.
Latina/o Diaspora in the Americas Project Coordinator
- Oliver Telusma
Funding and Research Sponsorship
The Latina/o Diaspora in the Americas Project is currently seeking sponsorship, and frequently partners with the Institute of Hispanic-Latino Cultures and UF’s Latin American Collection at George A. Smathers Library in research initiatives.