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Center for Latino and Latin American Studies

Latino Studies
Latino Studies
Latino Studies
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Latino Studies

Minor in Latino and Latin American Studies

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.

Message from the Center Director

CLLAS Director, Dr. Abreu¡Bienvenidos to the cyber home of Northern Illinois University’s Center for Latino and Latin American Studies (CLLAS)!  I would like to invite new and returning students and faculty to explore our site to learn about course offerings, academic and cultural programming, scholarship and grant opportunities, and community outreach activities sponsored by CLLAS.  ¡Vamos todos on a journey to greater understanding of Latin America and the Caribbean and the Latino experience in the United States!

A minor in Latino and Latin American Studies fits nicely with most degree plans offered by the university and allows students to take courses in a variety of major fields: history, sociology, and Spanish literature and culture, as just a few examples.  Our dedicated Faculty Associates teach innovative and engaging courses that fulfill the requirements for a minor in Latino and Latin American Studies.  Consider our introductory courses ILAS 100: Introduction to Latin American Civilization and ILAS 299: Introduction to Latino Studies or FLSP 361: Introduction to Spanish Cultures, HIST 374: Latinos in the U.S., and SOCI 361: Race and Ethnicity. 

The Center hosts lectures, discussions, and workshops throughout the academic year that feature the groundbreaking research of NIU faculty and faculty invited from across the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean, and elsewhere. We also sponsor, often in collaboration with other academic and resource centers on campus, cultural programs that serve to make more visible the history and culture of Latin America and the Caribbean as well as the social, economic, and political issues facing Latinos in the United States.  I encourage you to check back frequently for an updated schedule of events. 

CLLAS also seeks to support its students and Faculty Associates in their efforts towards academic excellence through several competitively-awarded scholarships and research grants.  Stay tuned for announcements detailing application requirements and deadlines. 

Finally, the Center remains committed to extending learning beyond the classroom by partnering with student organizations, community groups, and alumni both on and off campus.  In these activities and through other modes of support for social justice engagement, we encourage our students to think critically and develop a sense of personal and collective responsibility for the world around them.  Ask me how you can get involved or be on the lookout for calls for participation. 

Become a Latino and Latin American Studies minor, attend one of our many academic and cultural programs, or just stop by the Center to learn more about how we can help you reach your goals!  Go Huskies!

Hablamos pronto,

Christina D. Abreu, Ph.D.
Director of the Center for Latino and Latin American Studies

Upcoming Events

Chocolate Traveling Exhibit
Monday, September 18th
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Lobby of Founders Library

Julie Winokur
Diversity Dialogue series event*
Thursday, September 28th
6:00 pm
Holmes Student Center, Carl Sandburg Auditorium

Randy Caspersen and The Penguin Project screening
Diversity Dialogue series event*

Wednesday, October 4th
6:o0 pm
Holmes Student Center, Carl Sandburg Auditorium

Common Reading Experience: Jennine Capó Crucet
Diversity Dialogue series event*
Thursday, October 17th
6:30 pm
Holmes Student Center, Carl Sandburg Auditorium

Julio Capo, Jr
Brown Bag Lunch
Undesirables: Queering the History of US Immigration Policy - Caribbean Case Studies
Thursday, November 9th
Latino Center
(Co-sponsor with the History Department, PRISM, DREAM Action NIU and the Center for the Study of Women, Gender & Sexuality)

Ju Hong
Diversity Dialogue series event*
Tuesday, November 14th
5:00 pm
Holmes Student Center, Carl Sandburg Auditorium

Undocumented Ally Training
Tuesday, November 21st
8:30am - noon
Capitol Room, HSC
Seating is limited; 
RSVP online by Friday, November 11, 2017.
(Co-sponsor with DREAM Action NIUand Office of Academic Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion)

Diversity Dialogue series - CLLAS is a co-sponsor with Asian American Resource Center, DREAM Action NIU, First- and Second-Year Experience, Presidential Commission on Persons with Disabilities and Office of Academic Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

Faculty Associate News

Leila Porter

Leila Porter recently helped to teach a course for Bolivian and Peruvian students called “Ecología y Conservación de los Primates en Bolivia” from May 21st -June 3rd, 2017.  The course was held at the Universidad Mayor San Andres and the Zoológico Vesti Pakos Sofro in La Paz, Bolivia.  The class was organized by the Colección Boliviana de Fauna, and was funded by a grant Leila received from the Primate Action Fund (part of the Margot Marsh Biodiversity Fund and Conservation International). 

Leila and her colleagues also received two grants from the Endangered Species Fund of the Chicago Board of Trade - Chicago Zoological Society, and the Conservation Fund of the International Primatological Society.  The grants helped fund a project which aims to investigate the genetic diversity of the smallest monkeys in the world, the pygmy marmosets (Cebuella pygmaea), in Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia. Leila is working with Peruvian and Ecuadorian colleagues as well as geneticists at the University of Texas and the University of Michigan on this research.  

In addition, Leila and her coauthor Dr. Wendy Erb published, “The littlest helpers: what we know (and don’t know) about cooperative infant care in callitrichine primates”, in Evolutionary Anthropology in 2017 [26(1):25-37].

Minor Courses in Latino and Latin American Studies 

CLLAS: Register week of  April 3 minor and graduate concentration courses

Fall 2017
Please consult MyNIU and course catalog to verify information.



Scholarships and Grants for Graduate Students and Undergraduates

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 Latino Oral History Project

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.


Photograph by: Juan Manuel Fernandez