Latinos have a long history in North America that pre-dates the establishment of the United States. Given this history, as well as expected growth in this population over the next several decades, Latinos will continue to represent, contribute to, and be a part of vibrant and diverse communities. The University of Denver Latino Center for Community Engagement and Scholarship (DULCCES) was founded in 2005 as a consortium of interdisciplinary faculty dedicated to creating and advancing knowledge that gives voice to the history, politics, culture, and legacies of Latino communities.
DULCCES' vision is to provide a vibrant intellectual culture that contributes to the wealth of knowledge for and about Latino communities. To this end, DULCCES supports the development of research, critical inquiry and creative works that
To achieve this vision, our main objectives include:
- To provide training and education;
- To conduct research, critical inquiry and creative work;
- To practice community engagement with the Latino community;
The DU Latino Center mission statement reflects its place as part of the university community, informing the academic world and creating a bridge between the academic world and the Latino community from where its scholars spring. In this way, the Latino Center looks to the future through a historical framework that honors and learns from the rich past of the Latino culture. As a community of scholars, it also values the connection between the mind and the heart of the community, which has nurtured this culture and to which it exists to serve.
The priority work areas for the Latino Center include:
- Training and Education: To develop a curriculum representative of the Latino cultural and historical experience.
- Research, Critical Inquiry, Creative Work: To promote the intellectual, creative and political empowerment of Latino communities.
- Practice and Community Engagement for the Latino Community: To support and facilitate the bringing of the Latino community's resources to the university and the resources of the university to the larger community.