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UTSA Mexico Center admitted to Inter-University Program for Latino Research

January, 2010

The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) announced today its research-driven Mexico Center has been admitted to the Inter-University Program for Latino Research (IUPLR), a national group of university-based centers focused on the promotion of Latino scholarship within the United States.  Through IUPLR, scholars network and conduct collaborative, policy-relevant research to mitigate the challenges facing the United States’ growing Latino population.

“The University of Texas at San Antonio is a gateway to South Texas and to Mexico,” said Harriett Romo, professor of sociology and director of UTSA’s Mexico Center.  “Close to 40 percent of our nearly 29,000 students are Latino, and our faculty has a wide range of expertise on Mexico-related topics.”

Established in October 2005, UTSA’s Mexico Center is the umbrella organization that connects the university’s existing Mexico-related experts and is continually engaged in research and educational projects to promote greater knowledge and understanding of issues facing Latino immigrants from Mexico.  The Center is currently involved in a research project interviewing successful Mexican immigrants who are entrepreneurs and professionals about their contributions to and incorporation into the San Antonio community and economy.  The project, “The Experiences and Incorporation of Elite Mexican Immigrants and their Adolescent Children in an Hispanic Majority City,” is funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration and will offer knowledge about the experiences of this immigrant group and their families.

In 1980, the U.S. Census reported 14.6 million Latinos living in the United States, representing 6.4% of the nation’s population.  However, Latinos were virtually unrepresented in higher education.  In 1983, the IUPLR was established with the goal of addressing the challenges of the nation’s Latino population.  Since that time, the IUPLR has welcomed 23 member institutions such as the Smithsonian Latino Center at the Smithsonian Institution, the Center for Mexican American Studies at The University of Texas at Austin and UTSA’s Mexico Center as well as centers at Stanford, UCLA, The City University of New York’s Hunter College and two additional Texas universities.

IUPLR’s member scholars address a variety of topics important to Latinos, including border affairs and globalization, cultural citizenship, immigration and civil rights, migration and public policy among others. In addition, IUPLR’s member institutions address personal aspects of Latino life, including Latino arts and culture, education, families and community, history, politics, and spirituality and religion.

To learn more about UTSA’s Mexico Center or its Latino research programs, please contact Olivia Lopez, the Center’s program coordinator, at or 210-458-2923.

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The University of Texas at San Antonio is one of the fastest growing higher education institutions in Texas and the second largest of nine academic universities and six health institutions in the UT System. As a multicultural institution of access and excellence, UTSA aims to be a premier public research university providing access to educational excellence and preparing citizen leaders for the global environment.


                UTSA serves nearly 29,000 students in 64 bachelor’s, 48 master’s and 21 doctoral degree programs in the colleges of Architecture, Business, Education and Human Development, Engineering, Honors, Liberal and Fine Arts, Public Policy, Sciences and Graduate School. Founded in 1969, UTSA is an intellectual and creative resource center and a socioeconomic development catalyst for Texas and beyond.


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