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 S.M.S.U. 229. The artwork and murals in La Casa were made by P.S.U. 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
Stories from La Casa Latina's Grand Opening: