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Minnesota West professor recognized at symposium

WORTHINGTON — Minnesota West Community & Technical College Worthington campus sociology instructor Dr. Jay Vargas and his classmates were awarded Most Outstanding Graduate Student Presentation at the NEXUS: College of Liberal Arts Research Symposium recently.

Vargas and his classmates were recognized for their presentation “Decoloniality: From Theory to Praxis. Nepantlerxs Comprometidxs con el Conocimiento.” He worked on the presentation as part of a course taken during his sabbatical in the spring at the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley in Edinburg, Texas.

“My sabbatical consisted of taking three courses whose subject material could be related back to the courses I teach at Minnesota West,” Vargas explained. “The requirements for one course, MAS Special Topics: Latinx Cultural & Decolonial Theory, was to research an issue, provide possible solutions, and do outreach among the campus. Once completed, the second part consisted of presenting our project findings at a conference.”

At the NEXUS symposium, which took place April 24-26 in Brownsville, Texas, the presentation competed against other universities to won the award.