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Mission and Vision


The Department of Latin American and Latino Studies (LALS) is a vibrant interdisciplinary unit devoted to cutting-edge research, teaching, and community engagement focused on Latina/o and Latin American populations. Our mission is to produce knowledge about the social, political, economic, and cultural processes that shape the Latin American and Latina/o experience; to prepare students with a strong foundation of skills and knowledges that enable critical analyses and interventions committed to social equality, racial justice, and human rights; and to promote community and public engagement in order to foster the economic, political, physical, and educational well-being of the Latin American and Latino communities.


LALS will enhance its status as an international hub for the study of Latin American and Latino issues, maintain top-notch undergraduate and graduate programs, and work to advance the welfare of students, staff, faculty, and the community beyond the university.