The 2018-2019 academic year has been an exciting one for CMAS as we completed our first year as the new Headquarters of the national research consortium, the Inter-University Program on Latino Research
[IUPLR]. The IUPLR is the leading national consortium of 24 university-related research centers that focus on issues impacting U.S. Latinos.
CMAS also successfully organized and hosted the IUPLR’s signature conference, Latino Art Now! and the
Spring of Latino Art [SOLA]. The nation’s premier forum for visual artists, art professionals, educators,
scholars, critics and art dealers, the LAN explores the contours of Latino art, its future directions, and its
relationship to contemporary American visual culture. We are proud to say that CMAS hosted the largest
and most successful LAN event to date with 70 organizations and more than 100 exhibits, installations and performances between February and May. The City of Houston presented the Center for Mexican American Studies and the Inter-University Program for Latino Research with a proclamation declaring April 4-6, 2019 as Latino Art Now! Days.
I also want to acknowledge our Academic Achievers Program was once again chosen as a finalist by
Excelencia in Education. Our UH-AAP program was one of 17 finalists [of 139 undergraduate programs].
We are proud to be considered among the best programs and universities in the nation that promote the success of Latino students.
CMAS is also engaged in establishing its new major in Mexican American and Latinx Studies.
During a period of serious challenges to our Latino communities, CMAS remains committed to academic
excellence, diversity and inclusion, civic participation and the pursuit of social justice. As the headquarters of a national research consortium focused on issues impacting Latinos locally and nationally, we are proud to lead the effort to conduct research in the pursuit of social justice. I am exceptionally proud of what we have accomplished as a Center and it is truly a collective effort by dedicated and excellent colleagues. We are proud to present to you the work we have done and will continue to engage to serve the Latino and Houston community.