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A Word from our Director


"As Director of the Center for Mexican American I am pleased to share our Center’s accomplishments and highlight our faculty, staff, and students, on behalf of the Mexican American and Latino community at the University of Houston. We completed our 45th year and it has been an exciting time at CMAS as we have continued our signature academic programs, focused on recruitment and retention, and provided our leadership training, academic advising, and community service. We focus on developing our research component to the Center an we are a member of the national consortium of Latino research centers, the Inter University Program on Latino Research [IUPLR]. We have take the opportunity to reflect the changing landscape within which we engage in service to the university and Houston communities and we make it our goal for this to be more noticeable each year.

Our Academic Achiever’s programs as are recognized “Bright Spot in Hispanic Education” by the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, as well as a finalist in the 2014 Examples of Excelencia in Education” and recipient of the STAR award by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. These recognitions are a testament to the dedication and excellence of the staff who manage and coordinate the programs as we continue to involve the Houston community in the successful fundraising to help support these programs.

CMAS carries the Graduate Fellowship Program and the Visiting Scholars Program to recruit Faculty and students interested in the advancement of the Mexican American and Latino community. We also provide Faculty Seed Grants to augment policy related research on issues impacting our community, to promote interdisciplinary research among scholars and identification with our Center.

Since its establishment in 1972, CMAS has been creating educational opportunities for Mexican American and Latino students and pushing the boundaries of scholarship on issues that impact the Mexican American and broader Latino community. This could not have occurred without the work of our colleagues, students, and staff or the support of our administration. It is their scholarship, passion for education and opportunity, and commitment to educational and social justice that makes CMAS possible. I am proud to be part of this Center and its tradition to enhance colleagues and students abilities to examine their world critically, imagine it differently, and engage in efforts to create change."

Pamela Anne Quiroz Ph.D.
Director for the Center for Mexican American Studies,
Professor of Sociology