•  September 29, 2016

    Ginetta Candelario
    , Author of Black Behind the Ears: Dominican Identity From Museums to Beauty Shops

    Ginetta Candelario is Associate Professor of Sociology and Latin American & Latina/o Studies and as well as a faculty affiliate of the Study of Women and Gender Program, of the Community Engagement and Social Change Concentration, and the Advisory Group for the Steinem & Mankiller School for Organizers at Smith College.  She has directed the LALS Program several times, most recently from 2011 to 2014, and is the newly elected Vice President of the National Latina/o Studies Association. Her research interests include Dominican communities and identity formations, race and ethnicity in the Americas, beauty culture, Latina/o communities and identity formations, museum studies, Latin American and Latina feminism. Her first book, Black Behind the Ears: Dominican Identity From Museums to Beauty Shops was published by Duke University Press in 2007 and received the 2009 Best Book Award from the Latino Studies Section of the Latin American Studies Association and the 2008 Best Book Award from the New England Council of Latin American Studies.

    Co-Sponsored by:
    Residence Life, President's Commission on Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity and Diversity (PCAAEOD),  the Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF), Latin American Student Organization (LASO) & Health Careers Program



  • May 13, 2016
    Latino/a Caucus End of Year Recognition Ceremony
    Members who retired, received a promotion or obtained an advanced degree were recoginized.





Past Events

  •  March 8, 2012

    Mirta Ojito, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and Author of Finding Mañana: A Memoir of a Cuban Exodus

   Ojito has received numerous writing awards, including a shared Pulitzer Prize for national reporting in 2001 for
   a New York Times series about race in America. The native of Havana, Cuba, emigrated to Miami in 1980 when she
   was 16 years old, an experience she chronicled in the critically acclaimed Finding Mañana: A Memoir of a Cuban
   Exodus, published in 2005.

  • March 3, 2011

    Latino/a Caucus' Second Annual Lecture Series
    Reyna Grande, "Crossing Borders: An Author's Journey Across a Hundred Mountains"

    Reyna Grande is the author of the critically acclaimed novel Across A Hundred Mountains (Atria 2006), for which she received an American Book Award (2007) and El Premio Aztlan Literary Award (2006). Her latest novel, Dancing with Butterflies, was published in October 2009 to rave reviews. It received a 2010 International Latino Book Award in its "Best Women's Issues" category. Born in Mexico in 1975, Grande was raised by her grandparents after her family left her behind while they worked in the U.S. She came to the U.S. at the age of nine as an undocumented immigrant and went on to become the first person in her family to obtain a higher education.

  • November 15, 2010
    Latino/a Caucus Book Scholarship Reception
  • Thursday, September 30, 2010
    Junot Diaz
    , Author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2008

  • March 30, 2010
    Latino/a Caucus' Inaugural Lecture Series
    Dr. Pedro Noguera was the first lecturer for the Caucus' Annual Lecture Series. Dr. Noguera's research addresses issues of education, power, diversity, and social justice. his lecture is entitled "Latinos and the Transformation of the US: Integration or Apartheid?"