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Latinx Studies Independent Concentration Application Materials


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Arlene B. Gamio Cuervo is an undergraduate student in the Princeton Class of 2018. Cuervo, a History major, is also the author of the published poetry collection Qubanitx, released in July of 2016.

This collection contains applications, support letters, and planning documents created and used by Arlene B. Gamio Cuervo '2018 during the spring semester of 2016 in their proposal for an independent concentration in Latinx Studies. In May of 2016, the Office of the Dean of the College rejected the application and later rejected an appeal meeting. The records cover both the original application materials as well as email messages with students' reaction to the decision.

The collection retains its original order as when transferred to the University Archives.

The records were transferred to the University Archives in June of 2016 as part of the Archiving Student Activism at Princeton (ASAP) initiative (AR.2016.047).

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This collection was processed by Jarrett M. Drake in 2016. Finding aid written by Jarrett M. Drake in 2016.

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Collection Inventory

Application Materials, 2016 February 26 - 2016 May 11. 7 digital files.
Scope and Contents

This series consists of Cuervo's proposal and application materials submitted to the Office of the Dean of the College in pursuit of an independent concentration in Latinx Studies, which the Office ultimately rejected. Also included in this series are email messages exchanged between Cuervo and fellow students, professors (Patricia Fernandez-Kelly), and administrators (President Christopher L. Eisgruber and Dean of the College Jill S. Dolan). Most of the emails from fellow students are in protest of the Office's rejection of Cuervo's application.


This series retains its original order.

Physical Description

7 digital files

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Public Petition, 2016. 1 website.
Scope and Contents

This public petition was published by Arlene B. Gamio Cuervo '2018 in support of their application for an independent concentration in Latinx Studies, which the Office of the Dean of the College rejected in May of 2016.


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