CCATE partners with Villanova University through the Departments of Romance Languages and Literature, Latin American Studies, the Cultural Studies Program, and the Villanova School of Law. This partnership initiated in 2016 with the invitation of then Chair of the Department of Romance Languages, Dr. Silvia Nagy Zekmi, for CCATE to design and paint a mural on “Social Movements of Mexico in the 21st Century.” This mural, painted in collaboration between more than 80 CCATE members and Villanova students and faculty and presented on campus during Hispanic Heritage month, is now on permanent display in the St. Augustine Center at Villanova.
In addition, CCATE has developed two credit-bearing, semester-long internships for Villanova undergraduates in the Departments of Romance Languages and Literature and Latin American Studies in partnership with Dr. Raúl Diego Rivera and Dr. Cristina Soriano (CCATE Board Member). CCATE also partners with Dr. Karyn Hollis through the Cultural Studies Program, to bring Villanova students to tutor children in English language development.
CCATE’s partnership with the Villanova School of Law is through Caitlin Barry, Law Professor and Director of the Farmworker Legal Aid Clinic. Barry is also a CCATE Board Member. Several times each academic year, Barry and her law students provide workshops and clinics for CCATE families on issues around DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), Immigrant Workers’ Rights, and developing positive relationships between the municipality of Norristown and its Latinx immigrant residents.