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The mission of La Casa Latina is to attract Latino/a students to Portland State University, support their academic success, and provide cultural, social, and academic serviices and programs that enhance the quality of Latino/a student life. 

La Casa Latina ({SU Latino/a Student Success Center) opened in the summer of 2011. 

The artwork and murals were made by PSU students. 


La Casa Latina is a hub where Latino/a students come together to:

  • Create and connect with community
  • Develop leadership skills
  • Empower identity
  • Receive services important to academic success


On Oct. 4, 2010 President Wim Wiewel launched a new initiative to recruit, support, and graduate more Latino stduents who make up the most underrepresented group at Portland State University relative to their growing population in Oregon. The program is called Exito or success in Spanish. One of the recommended steps towards providing more support for Latino students was to open a new Latino cultural center called La Casa Latina in SMith Memorial Student Union. La Casa Latina officially opened on June 13th, 2011 in SMSU 229.


Stories about the opening of La Casa Latina: 

Univision -

El Hispanic News -

The Oregonian -