CSU–Pueblo students share research on California missions


Mujeres Unidas de CSU-Pueblo, an academic student organization at Colorado State University – Pueblo that is dedicated to the empowerment of La Raza through education, continues to present research across the state on Spanish Missions gathered as part of a trip last summer.

Mujeres Unidas is led by Dr. Dora Luz Cobián, CSU-Pueblo associate professor of Spanish, Chicano and Women’s Studies. Last summer, Cobián and members of Mujeres Unidas de CSU-Pueblo conducted an expedition to Southern California to research six of the 21 Catholic Missions established by the Spanish Franciscan priests during the late 18th and early 19th centuries (San Diego de Alcalá, San Gabriel, San Juan Capistrano, San Buenaventura, San Fernando Rey de España, and San Luis Rey de Francia).

The student researchers included: Angelica Garza, senior, history major/Chicano studies minor, Don Ruybal, senior, mass communications/advertising emphasis; Victoria Watson, junior, biology/psychology major; Rita Jaime, B.A. in marketing and graduate student in the Hasan School of Business, and Josh Cordova, senior, Spanish/mass communications major.

Cobián and Mujeres Unidas de CSU-Pueblo presented their research on the importance of the Missions from their inception to the present day at CSU in Fort Collins on Feb.23. They will give a public presentation, “Colonizing California: The Significance of the Spanish Missions,” from 6:30-9 p.m. on April 18 at the InfoZone Museum at Rawlings Library, 100 E. Abriendo. The presentation will include information on founder Father Junipero Serra, on the history and use of the missions, details on culture and architecture as well the impact the missions have had on the Southwest in general. A visual presentation of photographs taken during the visit also will be included.

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