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What We Do

The Center for Latino Studies at Queens University of Charlotte seeks to highlight the Latino experience by:

  • Positioning Queens as a central participant in the dialogue between Latinos and other communities in Charlotte.
  • Offering Hispanic cultural events to the public.
  • Providing research materials and literature about and by the Latino population.
  • Giving access to the public to information about issues relevant to the Latino community.
  • Developing academic opportunities for students to study Latino and Latin American issues.

To date, the Center for Latino Studies at Queens University of Charlotte has collected more than 100 oral histories that highlight the personal stories of individual Latino immigrants in the greater Charlotte area.

Among other efforts, we have served on several Boards and committees:

  • Advisory Board and Scholarship Committee of the Latin American Women's Association (LAWA)
  • Advisory Board of Aspire, an organization that targets students in late elementary school through upper middle school;
  • Board of the Latin American Coalition. 

In addition, we have partnered with several organizations:

  • Mint Museum
  • Latin American Coalition
  • Lee Institute
  • Art Department at Queens
  • Mexican Consulate in Raleigh
  • Gil Project, Inc.
  • Office for Diversity and Inclusion at Queens
  • Art Sí

Sponsored events:

  • Latino Leaders Weekend Retreat -  fosters dialogue between different factions of the Latino community
  • ARTE LATINO NOW - annual exhibit of local Latino artists held on the Queens campus
  • "Women of the Mexican Revolution" - photo exhibit.
  • Hispanic Authors Book Club
  • Painting4Diversity - challenges elementary school students in eight North Carolina communities to illustrate their concept of diversity
  • Dolores Prida's play Coser y cantar - one act play by Cuban-American author staged at the Mint Museum Randolph
  • Sos paisa - an event to highlight development in Medellin Colombia
  • Speakers series which has included Dr. Richard Chacón (Winthrop University) Tradition and Change among the Yanomamo of Venezuela, Frank Domínguez (Davidson College) Classical Music of Spain and Latin America, Dr. Hannah Gill (UNC-Chapel Hill) New Roots  in the Old North State: Understanding Demographic Change in North Carolina, Jess George (Latin American Coalition) Immigrant Integration in the New South, Dr. Oswaldo Estrada (UNC-Chapel Hill) Adelitas, Soldaderas, Cucarachas....Women and the Mexican Revolution in Contemporary Literature.
  • Production of the play El regalo de San Valentín By Myriam Amanda Henríquez Arocha in partnership with the Mint Museum 
  • Concert: Bolero, a Latin American Tradition with Ana Lucía Divins
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