The Center's interdisciplinary minor provides students with detailed information about the Latino experience in the United States as well as Latin American civilization. It benefits students interested in careers in teaching, public service, health care, law, business, the arts, the media, and other fields. The minor also provides Latino students with a broader understanding of their own history and culture.
The Center for Latino and Latin American Studies is currently developing a collection of
Latino oral histories on research that examines the study of labor history, migration
studies, race and ethnicity, Latinos and public health, undocumented students and
workers, gender and sexuality studies, and the history of Latino entrepreneurship
in Northern Illinois.
The Center sponsors a variety of scholarships and awards including:
The Center also promotes the Annual competitive research grants for faculty associates of the Center.
NIU undergraduates Suzanne Serrano, Steven Smith and Ricardo Soto completed a two-week summer research program on indigenous Mexican studies in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Students conducted their research at the Archivo de la Real Audiencia, the Spanish empire’s Royal Court Archive, now held in Jalisco’s public library. The studied criminal and civil court cases during the 17th and 18th centuries, and will develop research projects on indigenous people before the Royal Court of Appeals in colonial Guadalajara.
To view some of the images from their recent trip visit our fanpage
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