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Center for Latino and Latin American Studies


About Us

The Center for Latino and Latin American Studies (CLLAS) is located near the center of campus, and serves the university’s faculty and students through a variety of research and cultural programs. Approximately thirty faculty associates from various academic disciplines are affiliated with the Center, and numerous graduate and undergraduate students participate in its programs. Faculty associates include senior scholars with international reputations as well as junior colleagues with exciting research agendas. Students enrolled in departments in the humanities, social sciences, arts, and the sciences actively participate in Center programs. 

 The Center offers a minor in Latino and Latin American Studies, a graduate concentration in Latin American Studies, research grants for affiliated faculty and graduate students, undergraduate scholarships, a speaker series, cultural programming, and outreach activities. The Center moved into a new building in 1999 which it shares with the Latino Resource Center, which provides support services for Latino students. The building’s architecture features a southwestern motif and ample space and facilities for staff and students. The interior includes a computer lab, a smart classroom, library, study areas, administrative offices, and an atrium suitable for art exhibits.

To read more about the Center's almost 25 year history, please visit our milestones page.  


Mission Statement

The Center for Latino and Latin American Studies (CLLAS) serves as a home for the interdisciplinary study of the Latino experience in the United States as well as Latin America and the Caribbean.  Our curricular offerings in the humanities, arts, and social sciences are enhanced by our academic and cultural programming and community outreach activities. Our undergraduate minors and graduate students gain advanced knowledge and understanding of Latin American and Caribbean history and culture and engage in close examination and analysis of the social, economic, and political challenges facing Latinos in the United States.  We seek to help students develop their critical thinking, research, writing, and oral communication skills, while also encouraging them to consider their responsibilities to the local and global communities to which they belong.       


Academic services CLLAS
provides to faculty and
students include: