Kalmanovitz Hall, Room 334
Phone: (415) 422-2940
Julio Moreno, Associate Director
Lois Lorentzen, Associate Director
The Center for Latino Studies in the Americas contributes to
the understanding of Latino/a communities in the United States and
throughout Latin America and promotes scholarly communication across
national boundaries. CELASA fosters the interdisciplinary analysis of
the social, economic, political and cultural realities of Latin
Americans and of Latina/as in the United States.
CELASA bridges USF's academic, community, and international
programs focused on Latin America and Latino/as in the United States.
It supports research, teaching, and service opportunities for faculty,
students, community members, and visiting scholars. It functions as a
central coordinating unit for academic majors and minors, study abroad
and international exchanges, a visiting scholars program, student
organizations, faculty research initiatives, and the Pan-American
Society. CELASA connects USF to the San Francisco Bay Area community
and to Jesuit networks throughout Latin America.
CELASA embodies USF's Jesuit tradition as an academic,
service, and research center to advance the understanding of Latino/a
communities in the United States and Latin America. It promotes open
dialogue across community and national boundaries to create scholarly
work that includes the multiple experiences of people in the Americas.
The Center fosters an interdisciplinary analysis of the social,
political, cultural, and educational realities of Latin Americans and of
Latino/as in the Americas as the product of historical events,
migration, and globalization. CELASA encourages scholarship and service
to create a more humane and just world.
Jesuit Migration Research Network
CELASA is part of the Jesuit Migration Services - Central
and North America - a group of researchers from Jesuit universities in
Canada, the United States, Mexico and Central America. The network
meets once a year to share research and plan cross-border collaborative
CELASA is currently conducting immigration studies with
researchers from the Universidad Iberoamericana in Santa Fe, Mexico,
Loyola University Chicago, Rafael Landivar University in Guatemala, and
the Central American University in Managua, Nicaragua.
Globalization Working Group
A research, reading and writing group of USF faculty who
approach the phenomenon of globalization from a variety of disciplinary
perspectives. Issues addressed by USF faculty include human rights,
international law, media, religion and identity, the role of the state,
and business and diplomacy.
The Social Identities Reading Group
A research and reading group of USF faculty who address
issues of identity, including Latino/a and Chicano/a identity. Explores
how race, gender, ethnicity, and sexualities influence the experience of
Latino/as in the United States.