Latino/Latin American Studies

The Latino/Latin American Studies minor consists of 20 credits of interdisciplinary coursework. This study of the Americas is appropriate for all students, especially those majoring in History, Hispanic Studies, Political Science, Sociology, Theology, and Global Business.

Fall 2023 Series: Compromiso Social/Social Engagement

For more information please see our Fall Series Poster

LLAS 270

Students who plan to attend all three events are invited to register for LLAS 270, for either 1 or 0 credit, on an S/U basis. Participants in LLAS 270 will attend three events (see below or attached poster) and will complete a short reflection paper.

There is no classroom meeting schedule for LLAS 270, just the scheduled public events, some participation in online conversation via Canvas, and the occasional informal gathering. Please contact Dr. Corey Shouse, Director of the Latino/Latin American Studies program at [email protected], if you have any questions.


Then & Now: Fierce Latinx College Student Activism
and Resistance in the United States
Tuesday, October 3, 2023 at 7:00 PM
Gorecki 204A, CSB

In this session, Dr. Stephen Santa-Ramirez will provide some historical and contemporary context from his research on Latinx college student activism and resistance efforts in the fight for educational equity, awareness, and human rights. Further, he will engage the audience in a dialogue centering on how institutional actors can best holistically support their Latinx student activists and not stifle their efforts. This session will be followed by a question and answer (Q&A). 

Dr. Stephen Santa-Ramirez (he/him) is a first-generation college graduate whose personal and professional experiences in higher education have played formative roles in developing his research agenda, which broadly investigates the ideological, historical, and structural inequalities that impact minoritized communities. Particularly, his work and community involvements include investigating campus racial climate, transitions and belongingness of first-generation students of Color, college student activism and resistance, and the various ways race, ethnicity, im/migration status and policy inform the educational experiences of college students who are undocumented. Dr. Santa-Ramirez is an Assistant Professor of Higher Education at the University at Buffalo and has worked in higher education administration, including Multicultural and LGBTQ+ Affairs, Residential Life, and Migrant Student Services at various universities across the United States. Further, he has been recognized nationally for his work, including being selected as a National Academy of Education (NAEd) and Spencer Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow, the ACPA - College Student Educators International Latinx Network Community Advancement & Service Award, and an ACPA Diamond Honoree. 

Renewing the Struggle
by Honoring Our Intersectional Histories:

Latinx and African American Histories
Wednesday, October 25, 2023 at 7:00 PM 

Zoom Event

Dr. Paul Ortiz teaches courses in African American history, Latina/o & Latinx history, comparative ethnic studies, U.S. South, labor, social movement theory, oral history, digital humanities, ethnography and other topics at the University of Florida. Professor Ortiz (Ph.D. Duke University, 2000) is the author of An African American and Latinx History of the United States, which received the 2018 PEN Oakland-Josephine Miles Award for Literary Excellence.

November Student Group Event
Date and Location To Be Determined

This will be a student-led event designed in collaboration between LLAS, ELAC and other groups on campus.