Director's Initiatives

The appointed faculty director of the Dolores Huerta Research Center for the Americas has an opportunity to advance the research agenda and mission of the center. Below is information about the projects initiated by the Huerta Center director. 

Dr. Sylvanna M. Falcón (2018 – present)  

Human Rights Investigations Lab 


 Launched in Fall 2019, the Human Rights Investigations Lab for the   Americas is dedicated to offering digital verification support to  non-governmental  organizations, news outlets, and other advocacy partners that are conducting open  source investigations. Housed in the Dolores Huerta Research Center for the Americas (Huerta Center) at UC Santa Cruz, this lab harnesses digital technologies to address and confront human rights violations.

 Watch video about the Lab's research of the Chilean crisis here 

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Brazil Online 

 directors-initiative-1.pngBrazil is undergoing the deepest political crisis of its recent history following the  impeachment process in 2016 of its first female president, Dilma Rousseff of the  Workers’ Party.

The Dolores Huerta Research Center for the Americas (Huerta Center) has created this new repository page  to provide our community with access to the most pertinent news about this  significant political crisis. 

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Journalism Project 

  directors-initiative-2.pngThe Dolores Huerta Research Center for the Americas is honored to be part of a yearlong journalism project titled Escuchar, Compartir, Comunidad (Listen, Share, Community) in partnership with KZSC radio and the Digital Nest in Watsonville, California for 2018-19. 

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 ‌ The Dolores Huerta Research Center for the Americas at UC Santa Cruz is committed to bridging Santa Cruz County communities and the university through a rigorous engagement with public scholarship. This residency program is an ideal way in which to introduce new collaborative opportunities for students and faculty with community leaders.

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 Dr. Catherine Ramírez (2013 – 2018) 


Student Photo Scholarship Contest 

The Student Photo Scholarship Contest was designed to sustain the arts, recognize creativity, and encourage dialogue. 

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 2019-2020: Chosen Family directors-initiative-4.png

 Stars and Sequoias

 Vanessa Alarcon (Astrophysics)

 Looking up to remember family members far away, and with nature towering over, remembering chosen family expands from nature to the cosmos





 2018-2019: Love. Community. Home. 


 First Place

 Emma McWaid (Art and Sociology)






 2017-2018: Home & Mobility 

 Family Makes Home

 First Place

 Alonso Hernandez (Politics)





Nuestras Historias - CLRC/Huerta Center Archives


  Students in the Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program (URAP) established Nuestras Historias, the CLRC (now Huerta Center) archive. Led by then CLRC Graduate Student Researcher (GSR) and LALS graduate student, Alina Ivette Fernandez, this multi-phase project trained students in archival construction, archival, oral history, and digital humanities methods, digital storytelling, and exhibition curation. 

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Andrew W. Mellon Foundation John E. Sawyer Seminar on Non-citizenship 

 directors-initiative-8.pngThe CLRC (now Huerta Center) was honored to be part of Non-citizenship, UC Santa Cruz's 2016-17 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation John E. Sawyer Seminar on the Comparative Study of Culture. 

 Our seminar shed light on the tiered membership—what we call the spectrum of belonging—structuring societies in various places and periods and sharpens our understanding of the ways in which the mobility and regulation of non-citizens affect and transform notions of participation, belonging, and the social contract.  

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Dr. Sylvanna M. Falcón (2018 – present) 

* Human Rights Investigations Lab
* Brazil Online
* Journalism Project
* Activist-in-Residence

Dr. Catherine Ramírez (2013 – 2018) 

* Student Photo Scholarship Contest
* Nuestra Historias - CLRC/Huerta Center Archives
* Andrew W. Mellon Foundation John E. Sawyer Seminar on Non-citizenship