“Diversity yields many benefits to institutions that successfully cultivate diversity within their educational, research and community service activities. By achieving and maintaining a multicultural constituency of administrators, faculty, students and staff, an institution successfully connects with the demographic reality of society.”
From Chancellor Robert Coombe’s Diversity Statement
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 to be the center for Latino voices both inside and outside the university. It is a consortium of interdisciplinary faculty from throughout the university who are committed to placing DU at the center of scholarship, teaching and service related to Latinos in the Rocky Mountain west.
Our vision of success is to provide a center where Latino faculty, students and community partners can work together to evolve into ethical and responsible participants in a pluralistic, interdependent and multicultural society. In so doing, we will be better prepared to address the needs of Latino communities while also upholding and respecting their values.
To achieve this vision, our main objectives include:
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: