Education in the Latinx Diaspora

Dr. Jason G. Irizarry’s (Associate Professor of Curriculum and Instruction and Faculty Associate of El Instituto) undergraduate course, Education in the Latinx Diaspora (LLAS 3998), critically explores the educational experiences and outcomes of Latinos, the largest and fastest growing “minoritized” group in U.S. schools. The curriculum and course assignments range from readings on LatCrit Theory, […]

Professor Gilda Ochoa Visits PRLACC

    Each year, the Latinos in Education Foco invites a speaker for a plática with students, faculty and staff at the university. El Foco is a research community within El Instituto that provides opportunities for mentorship, networking and professional development for junior tenure-track faculty.  This year’s guest of honor was Professor Gilda Ochoa. Ochoa […]

Tertulia con Amanda Guzmán

  When Amanda Guzmán was growing up in the Bronx in the 1990s, she rarely saw her family’s Puerto Rican heritage reflected in the great museums of New York City. There was one exception. Her parents took her to the Museo del Barrio to show her an exhibit on the archaeology of the ancient Taino […]

EYZAGUIRRE LECTURE SERIES: LÁZARO LIMA

  In early March, Professor Lazaro Lima visited UConn to give the annual Luis B. Eyzaguirre Lecture. The lecture honors the memory of Professor Luis Eyzaguirre, who taught Latin American literature and Spanish at UConn for over 30 years. The purpose of the lecture series was to provide the UConn community with an opportunity to […]

FROM THE DIRECTOR

    The end of this academic year brings many new beginnings.We celebrate the scholarly achievements of our graduating undergraduate minors and majors and cheer for the career milestones reached by our graduate students (see Graduate News). We give thanks for another year’s good work, with our partners, the Puerto Rican/Latin American Cultural Center, La […]

LATINX FACULTY SHOWS HER WORK ON CAMPUS

Special Collections conservator at UConn, Natalie Granados, had her art featured at Homer Babbidge Library. Granados’ featured works are vivid depictions of places Granados has visited brought to life digitally through Adobe Draw. Places she has been such as the Dominican Republic where she was raised and New Orleans where she lived for a period […]

“From Civil Rights to Human Rights: African American, Puerto Rican, & West Indian Housing Struggles in Hartford County, 1940-2019”

According to UConn today, affordable housing in Connecticut is difficult to find. Associate professor of history and Africana Studies, Fiona Vernal, has developed a housing exhibition in the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center. This exhibit focuses on on the struggles Hartford Country residents face when trying to find affordable housing. The exhibition has examples of […]

Puerto Rican Studies at UConn

As the successor organization to UConn’s former Institute of Puerto Rican and Latino Studies, El Instituto places Puerto Rico and its diaspora at the center of our teaching mission. We support both undergraduate and Masters level courses and programs of study. The Institute of Puerto Rican and Latino Studies (IPRLS) was a multipurpose interdisciplinary research […]

Racial Literacy as a Curricular Requirement

Writer and Associate Professor at the University of Connecticut, Daisy Reyes, was featured on insidehighered.com, for her book “Learning to be Latino”, in which Reyes advocates for a core curriculum diversity requirement in universities to create racially literate individuals. We are very proud to have her as part of our faculty at El Instituto. Click […]