What We Do

The Latinx Center at the University of Denver promotes and advances knowledge affecting the Latin@ community through a variety of activities. We convene our communities on topics pertaining to the Latin@ experience and host visiting Latin@ scholars, film makers, poets, performing artists and culture critics. Through the provision of grant funding, we are able to support scholarship and creative works on topics that contribute to the knowledge and experience of the Latin@ community nationally and internationally. Our research briefs provide expertise on areas of policy that affect the Latinx communities, and we support graduate education for Latin@ students and students engaging in research focused on the Latino issues, concerns, and culture.

portrait of Tome Romero

Transforming the Academy

We promote a liberative critical engagement of the scholarship, pedagogy, university and society that surrounds us. We celebrate the establishment of Interdisciplinary Research Institute for the Study of (in)Equality (IRISE) and the evolution of the Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion as milestones of a shifting narrative. We also applaud the accomplishments of Latin@ faculty and staff, many of which represent firsts for the University of Denver and the field of higher education.

In 2015, Dr. Lili Rodriguez began her tenure as the inaugural Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs and Inclusive Excellence, charged with ensuring care and equity for students and serving as the first Latina in DU’s cabinet. In 2005, Dr. Deb Ortega began her role as the founding director of The Latinx Center at DU and in 2014 became DU’s first Latina full professor. Dr. Tom Romero directs the Interdisciplinary Research Institute for the Study of (in)Equality (IRISE) and Dr. Valentina Iturbe-LaGrave received national attention for the establishment of the Faculty Institute for Inclusive Teaching.

Our affiliated faculty are prominent leaders in both the university and the communities with which we belong and engage. With an eye towards justice and liberation, we bring a lens of equity and critical engagement to our respective academic units and central university operations.