The University of Texas at Austin Latino Research Initiative

About Us

Latino Studies comprises three different units that work both independently and collaboratively to lead Latinx thought at UT. The Latino Research Institute generates data and research that is vital to sustaining healthy, productive and just environments for Latinos, working closely with policy makers, activists, and other community partners to turn research on topics like immigration, women’s and mental health, and education into practice.

As the oldest unit, the Center for Mexican American Studies (CMAS) builds on its legacy of collective action by connecting our students to the Austin community through outreach and public events. The Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies (MALS) offers a full spectrum of interdisciplinary courses that challenge traditional narratives through emboldened scholarship.

Latino Studies is housed in the Gordon-White Building, and share faculty and central administrative staff. Through curriculum, research, and community engagement, each unit uniquely addresses issues affecting Latino communities.

Together, all three units are fiercely committed to the empowerment of students, scholars, and communities for the purpose of realizing a just and affirmative future for all.

Check out the main page of Latino Studies for events and news.


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    The University of Texas at Austin
    210 W. 24th Street | Mailcode F9200
    GWB 2.102
    Austin, Texas 78712
    512-232-2264