Welcome to the Latina/Latino Studies (LLS) Studies website at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. LLS is now in its thrid year of existence and we continue to grow. This January, Associate Professor Theresa Torres became an LLS faculty member with a joint appointment in Latina/Latino Studies and Sociology. Professor Norma Cantu, formerly of the University of Texas-San Antonio, joined the Latina/Latino Studies Program in 2013. While our program is relatively new and still in development, the idea for the creation of Latina/Latino Studies originated several years ago with the commencement of discussions between the UMKC administration and the Latino/ Chicano/Hispanic/Mexican communities of the greater Kansas City region. An important outcome was the inauguration of this academic program in Fall 2011.
Our program seeks to maintain and strengthen our communication and ties with the Latino community in the greater Kansas City metropolitan region and even beyond. This university-community collaboration is vital if the program is to make a difference. We hope to build a Latina/Latino Studies program that UMKC can support and showcase and, just as importantly, a program in which the Latino community can take pride and desire to send their daughters and sons to this university for a quality education. One of the primary goals of this website is to communicate on an on-going basis with our community, both internal and external. We want to disseminate information that is timely and informative about the activities occurring within our Latina/Latino Studies program, as well as the activities of other academic and non-academic units within UMKC which impact Latina/o faculty, staff, and students.
Miguel A. Carranza, Ph.D.
Professor of Sociology & Latina/Latino Studies
Director, Latina/Latino Studies Program