NIU Latino Oral History Project
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As part of an effort to explore the Latino community and its history, the Latino Oral History Project looks to collect the oral histories of the descendents of families to learn more about migration patterns to the Chicagoland area and Northern Illinois alike. More specifically, observing how various ties to an area can impact the flow of migration to underdeveloped communities and how those ties have lead to the established Latino communities we see today. In conjunction with the Oral History 495 class, this project helps facilitate the research of students by archiving existing data on Latino studies such as migrant programs, schooling, housing discrimination, politics, etc. By creating these bibliographies, the students in turn add on the growing efforts to collect these stories. Ultimately, we look to archive, transcribe, and observe how these ties have led to the success of Latinos to thrive as we continue to see movement for more representation of this group of minorities.