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Evelyn GraduationAmerican Ethnic Studies congratulates Graduate Evelyn Lucio 

Evelyn Lucio, an American Ethnic Studies major, graduated in December and is now working at Manhattan High School as a para educator and Spanish/English interpreter. She credits her American ethnic studies major with developing her sense of United States  society and history: "AMETH provided me with the opportunity to understand the political and social function of today’s society. I learned about movements and activists that I never heard of. My undergraduate research was focused on immigrant populations and the polices that govern their everyday lives here in the United States."
Evelyn is currently preparing to apply for law school and she plans to be an advocate and voice for immigrants: "As a DACA student I felt that it is important to understand and be a voice for those who are underrepresented. I want to be to be a voice for these individuals at a high level."
Congratulations to Evelyn Lucio, her family and her professors!

A Petillo at MMM FairDr. Petillo talks to students at Majors, Minors & More Fair

American Ethnic Studies
Kansas State University
102 Leasure Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506

Tel: 785-532-2112

Dear American ethnic studies Department Faculty, Students, Staff,

Amid the enormous challenges associated with the pandemic that is upon us, I take this moment to remind us that spring begins today (March 19). Spring equinox always promises  rebirth, regeneration, life, new beginnings, hope. It is a day of balance on our planet because it features equality (equinox): the day and the night are of equal length today. It is my hope that we can draw some of our inspiration and strength from our planetary movements, the larger picture of life.
Together we will emerge from the challenges we face. Let us stay in close touch and keep our American ethnic studies community and our families strong into the future. Students, please know that we professors and staff, are just one click away. Please turn to us with any questions, concerns, or just to check in. We are here for you, as always.
Dr. Yolanda Broyles-González
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You Belong
American Ethnic Studies courses prepare students to function productively in today's multicultural society. We  provide deep multidisciplinary insight into America's race relations, drawing from nearly every area of study: from all the social sciences, the humanities, the arts. Students learn how race and ethnic understandings have been shaped across history and why the subject of race is in the news headlines every day. We explore Native American, African American, Mexican/Latina/o American and Asian American historical and cultural dynamics. Employers seek college graduates with ethnic studies skills: the ability to productively harness ethnic differences; the capacity to work in multicultural teams; and respectful multicultural communication ability.
AMETH Major = 33 Credits
AMETH Minor = 15 Credits
AMETH NEW Intercultural Competence Certificate = 12 Credits
K State's American Ethnic Studies is the only degree program of this kind in the state of Kansas. Within this era of major demographic transformation, we are seeing an increased demand for American ethnic studies programs. 


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Dr. Yolanda Broyles-Gonzalez - Department Head Welcomes You to AMETH

Dr. Yolanda Broyles-Gonzalez

Citlally Orozco Awarded The Rohrer Scholarship - November 1, 2019 

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The American Ethnic Studies Department congratulates K State Junior Citlally Orozco on her strong social justice commitments so deserving of the Wayne C. Rohrer Scholarship!. The Rohrer Scholarship is awarded yearly to a student “who’s academic and career goals emphasize improving the understanding of racial and ethnic relations in the United States of America.” Orozco has consistently demonstrated a strong commitment to improving race relations since her arrival at K-State. During her sophomore year she served as President of the K-State LULAC chapter. 

Citlally is motivated by her own immigration status experiences and her keen awareness of the sufferings of immigrants such as herself. Orozco cites the ever-increasing number of for-profit detention facilities where asylum seekers and immigrants are held. Orozco states, “Asylum seekers are detained for indefinite periods, have no access to health care, are mistreated, and are forced into immensely crowded spaces. Children are separated from parents, without hope for reunification.”

Citlally plans to go to law school: “I hope to create a positive impact on racial and ethnic relations by serving as a legal voice to speak on behalf of asylum seekers and immigrants; to improve conditions for minorities in the United States.”