Statement from Centers, Institutes, and Programs on Racial Injustice and Ending White Supremacy

We, the faculty and staff of the interdisciplinary Centers, Institutes, and Programs, stand together to express our shock, our heartbreak, and our outrage at the horrific and senseless killing of George Floyd and the ongoing violence against Black people. George Floyd, David McAtee, Tony McDade, Ahmaud Arbery, Eric Garner, Breonna Taylor, Kathryn Johnston, Ayiana Stanley-Jones, […]

New State Course in African American, Latino, And Puerto Rican Studies

El Instituto’s Associate Director and Associate Professor-in-Residence Anne Gebelein has been assisting the State Education Resource Center (SERC) in the development of a new high school course on African-American, Latino and Puerto Rican Studies. This new curricular mandate was passed by the Connecticut State Legislature in 2019; it requires all high schools to offer African-American […]

Mexico’s Industrial Revolutions: Capitalism and the State in Monterrey, 1600-1915

Contributed by Rodolfo Fernandez El Instituto’s Assistant Professor in Residence Rodolfo Fernández finished a complete draft of a new book manuscript, titled Mexico’s Industrial Revolutions: Capitalism and the State in Monterrey, 1600-1915. This book is the culmination of a decade of work, begun while Fernández was a doctoral student in History at Georgetown University.  The […]

Mead Fellowship Goes to Randy Torres

The 2020 Robert G. Mead Fellowship as UConn’s most outstanding first-year Latin Americanist graduate student has been awarded to Randy Torres, a student in El Instituto’s Master’s program in Latina/o and Latin American Studies. This award was created in memory of Professor Robert G Mead, Jr, the founder of Latin American and Caribbean Studies at […]

Can inclusive programs reduce labor market discrimination?

Contribution by Jorge M. Agüero In Latin America, the poor are heavily underrepresented in their access to higher education. Less than ten percent of adolescents from low-income families are enrolled in college, while for their most affluent counterparts, the enrollment rate is close to 70%. To address these disparities, many countries in the region have […]

Overmyer-Velázquez to Publish Updated Translation of Beyond La Frontera

Mark Overmyer-Velázquez, Professor in History and El Instituto and Director of UConn’s Hartford regional campus, is completing a revised and expanded version of his book Beyond la Frontera: The History of Mexico-US Migration (Oxford UP, 2011) for Spanish translation with the Editoriales del Colegio de San Luis and Colegio de la Frontera del Norte. Among […]

A Letter to the UConn Community (COVID-19)

Please Click below: Cultural Centers and Institutes release statement of concern about upsurge in xenophobia during the COVID-19 crisis   Any questions or concerns about El Instituto: Institute of Latina/o, Caribbean, and Latin American Studies please contact our program assistant Kimberly Vasquez at or submit any general questions to