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I would like to add my two cents. I think it is important to think of existing disciplinary formations since this is a discussion of institutionalizing a new program. Hispanic is not used to the extent that Latino Studies is especially alongside Latin American Studies. Currently UI-Chicago, UC Santa Cruz and Duke (of the R1 campuses...at MA level campuses here in California, Fresno State is a Latino and Latin American Studies department). Latin@ and Chican@ Studies is now very "transnational" and "Diasporic" in focus and theoretically (with a special nod to Mignolo and Latino/Latin American Subaltern Studies movement). Chicana/o Studies is very inclusive because in the Southwest a sizable number of our students are Central and Andean Americans with some being from the Caribbean--theoretically (think of Chicana feminist studies or "joteria" studies) there is considerable inclusion of non-Mexican origin thinkers and scholars. When we create these types of changes we usually analyze names nationally of existing departments and programs, journal titles and professional societies. This may be a good exercise for your new program. Paz, Alexandro Alexandro Josť Gradilla, Ph.D. Associate Professor Dual Chair: Chicana and Chicano Studies Department and African American Studies Department California State University, Fullerton http://hss.fullerton.edu/chicano/facultypage/agradilla.asp --30--