We are pleased to introduce the 2022 issue of La Ceiba: The Undergraduate Journal of the Central American and Transborder Studies Department at California State University, Northridge. This year’s edition includes various original works produced by students studying within the department.
Two years into the pandemic, we have witnessed how COVID-19 has ravaged marginalized communities as well as put a spotlight on the many socio-inequalities prevalent within our society. And as we continue to work through the current political climate, we are motivated by our communities' constant drive for change. Yet, we recognize the grief, distress, and anger many are feeling today. As the pandemic continues and daily life shifts back to in-person, we are further inclined in our goal to advocate and show solidarity for those most impacted.
For example, the pandemic has affected our communities in several ways, from deepening food insecurity, rising rates of homelessness, and the loss of loved ones. For students, the pandemic has brought on uncertainty and stress. As we are approaching the end of the zoom era, our students are shifting back to in-person learning.
Additionally, we would like to take a moment to express our gratitude for the unwavering support from our creative directors, Susana Marcelo and Shahrazad Encinias. Under their guidance this spring semester, we have overcome unforeseen obstacles related to the pandemic and the return to in-person schooling. Furthermore, we’d like to thank our editorial team for their commitment and persistence throughout this entire process - finally, our appreciation for our student contributors for providing us with their works of scholarship. Everyone’s input was truly instrumental.
Our goal for this issue is to not only convey the multidimensional experience of Central Americans but also highlight the many perspectives being carried into this new chapter for everyone. About our cover, we use the birds to signal ideas found in this issue of liberation, life, and enlightenment. This collection of work ranges from literature reviews, philosophical analysis, poetry, and art.
As things continue to rapidly change, we hope our publication maintains its place as a medium to display the teachings of the department, but most importantly, the growth of its students.
On behalf of the editorial team at La Ceiba, we thank you for your support.
La Ceiba Editorial Team