Final Project Guidelines . The Community and I Final Project Guidelines I. Th
Final Project Guidelines . The Community and I Final Project Guidelines I. The Community and I As the semester has gone on, we have attempted to gain an understanding of the shaping and coming to be of a Chicana/o community in the United States. The papers that have been assigned for the class have dealt with many aspects of Chicana/o cultural production, politics and historical conditions that have influenced both the Chicana/o community as well as the area of Chicana/o Studies. For the Final (Group) Project, titled “The Community and I,” students in the course will have to develop a “Plan” – in the style of other “plans” we encountered throughout the semester, like the “Plan Espiritual de Aztlán” or the “Plan de Santa Bárbara” – that will: 1. Identify and define their community Students, as they are fully aware of, belong to a – or several – communities. Individually or in a group of 2-3 classmates, you will identify and define your community. You should also be able to name it (“San Diego Mesa College undergraduate student body”, “Mexican-American community of San Diego County”, “Chicana/o Students Today,” “Latinx Youth”, etc.) and describe it (who is a part of it? Who is not? etc.) 2. Identify and define one main problem said community faces Once you have identified and defined your community, you should address one of the main problems it faces (e.g. high incarceration numbers, structural racism, internal colonialism, expanding Chicana/o Studies department on campus, access to higher education, etc.). This “problem” that your particular community faces can range from the very abstract (internal colonialism) to very concrete (expanding Chicana/o Studies Department on campus). It is up to you and your group to decide which is the problem that you can better address in this project. 3. Write a 3 to 5 page “Plan” to address this problem As we have seen with previous “Plans”, they sought to address the issues they thought were affecting their community. As a group, draft your own plan to address the issue you have identified. Given the flexible nature of this project and the eclectic potential of “plans” themselves, there is not “one way” to draft a plan. All that is necessary, is that every individual or group turns in a 3 to 5 page “Plan” that incorporates the above points with the “solution to the problem”. As the semester h as gone on, we have attempted to gain an understanding of t he shaping and 1. Identify and define their community the “solution to the problem”.

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