About the Center
The Center for Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies was inaugurated in October 2001 with the support of a broad cross section of Latin American and Latino-studies faculty specialists representing academic disciplines in the arts, social sciences, and humanities from every CUNY college. CUNY Vice-Chancellor Jay Hershenson, then Provost and now President Bill Kelly of the CUNY Graduate Center, New York City philanthropist Albert Bildner, and then City Councilman and now State Assemblyman, Guillermo Linares, were critical supporters who helped establish CLACLS.
CLACLS has worked to promote the study and understanding of Latin American and Caribbean cultures and the communities established in the United States by peoples from this vast and extraordinarily diverse region with a special focus on the New York City metropolitan area. CLACLS has organized numerous public forums, lectures, symposia, academic conferences, public presentations of art, music, dance, and photography with colleagues from Mexico, Argentina, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, and the Dominican Republic.
Above all CLACLS has worked to forge linkages with the diverse Latino populations of New York City, and to develop a deeper understanding of the changes experienced within the City’s Latino communities as immigration patterns have changed, and second and third generations have emerged. Through our flagship Latino Data Project reports, researched and written exclusively by Latino Ph.D. candidates at the Graduate Center, CLACLS has made public on our web page a wide variety of current data on various aspects of the New York City Latino experience. From educational attainment patterns, changing income-distribution profiles, voter participation rates, to studies of specific communities and national groups, these studies have become important sources of information to educators, journalists, policy makers, and students.
We move toward the future with an energetic dedication to continue the publication and circulation of new and innovative studies focusing upon the City’s Latino communities, as well as a commitment to create expanded opportunities for Latino Ph.D. candidates at the Graduate Center.At its community and four-year colleges CUNY serves the higher-educational aspirations of the City’s constantly growing Latino population. CLACLS is committed to meet the challenge of recruiting and serving a growing number of Latinos who will pursue doctoral study at the CUNY Graduate Center in the future.
The mission of the Center for Latin American, Caribbean and Latino Studies at the CUNY Graduate Center is to help advance the study of Latin America, the Caribbean, and Latinos in the U.S. in the doctoral programs of the Graduate Center, and to provide opportunities for Latino students at the Ph.D. level.The Center has five important goals:
1) To actively recruit Latino students for the Ph.D. programs at the CUNY Graduate Center.
2) To provide financial assistance to Latino Ph.D. candidates in the form of full five-year fellowships.
3) To disseminate information on the dynamically growing Latino populations of the U.S. and especially the New York metropolitan area through Latino Data Project reports published on the Center’s website http://web.gc.cuny.edu/lastudies.
4) To raise funding to support the scholarly, academic, and public service activities of the Center.
5) To promote the interdisciplinary study of Latin America, the Caribbean and Latinos in the U.S. at the graduate level.