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Director's Message

It is an honor to lead the Latina and Latino Studies Program at Northwestern University at a time when an increasing percentage of its student body is Latina/o, when diversity is a central value for the university, and when our nationally-renowned faculty members are engaging in dynamic and cutting-edge scholarship and teaching about U.S. Latino/as.

We’re celebrating our ten-year anniversary this year, and in our ten years, we’ve grown an extensive alumni network, our number of majors and minors has increased dramatically, and now we’re able to hire faculty with full-time appointments in Latina and Latino Studies. These are exciting times!

We welcome students, staff, colleagues, and community members to attend our lectures, presentations, and symposia that strive to create an intellectual community on campus and in the Chicago area.

We are building bridges among ourselves, as any Latina/o that community embraces heterogeneous identities, socioeconomic status, racial, national, and generational differences, among others.

We are building bridges with the diverse departments, programs, and units on campus that represent related interests, from History to Medicine, from Sociology to English and Spanish.

We are building bridges with the Latino/a students at NU who not only enroll in our courses but who are collectively working toward ameliorating social and political inequalities in our country.

We are building bridges with Latino Chicago by holding public events in the communities that experience much of what we write about, and which have always served as the sources for our production of knowledge.

We urge you to stay in touch with us. If you want to receive our announcements for events and other relevant information, please contact us at:


Geraldo L. Cadava, Director


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