The University of Texas at Austin Latino Research Initiative

Our Mission


What happens to Latinos happens to the nation.

1 out of 6 people in the US are Latino

2 out of 5 people in Texas are Latino


Community members cook together as part of the Healthy Rural project

We believe in research that:
Enables social justice
Promotes the well-being of Latino communities 
Builds equitable and sustainable community partnerships 
Champions community-identified research priorities
Incorporates culturally appropriate methods
Considers implementation first, not last 
Informs policy and leads to real change

The Latino Research Institute is a research-focused entity within the College of Liberal Arts. The mission of the Latino Research Institute is to provide the infrastructure for the creation and dissemination of quality information about issues affecting Latino populations in the region, state, and nation. Together with the Center for Mexican American Studies and the Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies, the Institute supports the interdisciplinary study of Mexican-origin and Latino populations in Texas and beyond.

The Latino Research Institute will support the production of research and community-based projects that focus on five key areas in Mexican American and Latina/o Studies: politics and public policy, health and social equity, immigration, the arts, and an archive of materials and data relating to these areas.

By creating and supporting a community of scholars in Latino studies and building a comprehensive archive, the Latino Research Institute will serve as an invaluable resource for community volunteers, activists, policy makers, and other groups working to create programs and policies which directly affect the lives of Latinos in the United States.

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