The Center for Latino/a Studies and Engagement is one of only two Latino research centers in Oregon. Integrating the study of Latino communities in the United States with analysis of the histories, politics, cultures, societies, and their contributions to a transnational identity. The Center offers unique opportunities for analyzing a wide range of themes. These include colonialism, race, ethnicity, gender, nationalism, globalization, immigration, economic development, language and identity, and more. The Center is collaboratively supported by the College of Liberal Arts, the office of the Provost, the Research Office, and the Division of Outreach and Engagement at OSU. In addition, it involves affiliate faculty members from various colleges throughout the university.
Research and outreach on issues surrounding the Latino population affect every discipline at OSU and are integrated into all three university strategic areas: healthy planet, healthy people, and healthy economy. The growth of the Latino population in the U.S. and particularly in Oregon affects important disciplines at OSU such as: public health, public policy, agriculture, STEM education, business, engineering, education, and all areas surrounding issues of diversity and social justice.
ESTABLISHED AREAS OF EXPERTISE
1. Youth and Community Empowerment
2. Socio-Economic Well-Being
3. Health and Wellness
5. Cultural & Historical Awareness