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AKA-260429-18

Texas A & M University, College Station (College Station, TX 77843-0001)
Gabriela Zapata (Project Director: October 2017 to present)
Leonardo Lombardini (Co Project Director: June 2018 to present)
Maria Irene Moyna (Co Project Director: June 2018 to present)

Growing the Heart of Texas: Exploring the Role of Mexican Americans in Food Production and Rural Communities

To develop a four-course interdisciplinary minor in Hispanic Agriculture Studies for students in Texas A& M University’s College of Agriculture & Life Sciences.

We propose to develop an interdisciplinary minor in Hispanic Agriculture Studies that will offer Texas A&M students a deeper recognition of the social and economic role played by Mexican Americans in the state’s agricultural production and food culture. The curriculum will highlight Mexican American contributions to the demographic vitality and economic viability of Texas by integrating humanities (Spanish, sociolinguistics, discourse analysis) and agricultural sciences (soil, crops, animal husbandry, horticulture, nutrition). Aimed at majors in Agriculture but with broad appeal, the minor will develop linguistic and cultural skills through experiential and service learning activities. It will expose students to the state’s multi-layered social history. Four interdisciplinary courses will be developed about the land, food, peoples, and narratives of Hispanic Texas. They will be based on Open Educational Resources and framed within the multiliteracies pedagogy Learning by Design.

Project fields:
Hispanic American Studies; Spanish Language

Program:
Humanities Connections Planning Grants

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$35,000 (approved)
$35,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2018 – 4/30/2019