Since the beginning of cinema, Latinos have been an integral part of the U.S. mass media and have also challenged the industries' exclusionary hiring practices and ways of portraying Latinos as well as Latin Americans. Yet, despite decades of media advocacy efforts on the part of Latinos, per capita, there were more Latinos on television and in films in the 1950-1960 decade than in 2007.

To further understand this trend, CSER and the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP) initiated a collaborative project in 2008. Funded by the Social Science Research Council, the project consists of an unprecedented report on the historic and persistent marginalization of Latinos in the mass media. The report is titled "Assessing for Change: A Study on Latino Media Advocacy."

In anticipation of the report, which will be made public at NALIP's annual conference this coming April 15-17, 2011, NALIP and CSER are launching a Latino media history calendar. Titled "Made in America: This Month in Latino Media History," the calendar offers a window into the contributions and challenges of Latinos in the mainstream and independent film and television industries. The calendar also includes a comprehensive bibliography.

For reasons of space, the calendar is not exhaustive. Our main selection criteria have included: thematic innovation, social impact, and cultural recognition. As the calendar is meant as a living resource, we invite readers to send us suggestions, ideas and corrections that we will incorporate in the project's archives for future reference.