La Casa Latina Student Center

About La Casa Latina Student Center

La Casa Latina Student Center 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

The center hosts events such as the Día de los Muertos, Sí Se Puede Week, and Latino Heritage Month. All students are welcome to the center to meet new people and learn about Latin@ culture (gender neutral for Latina/Latino) . La Casa Latina has a computer lab and space for students to relax. All students are welcome.

Contact Us | (503) 725-6710

Physical Location 
1825 SW Broadway Suite 229
Portland, OR 97201

Mailing Address 
Cultural Resource Centers, 
Portland State University 
PO Box 751
Portland, OR 97201


La Casa Latina Senior Program Coordinator: Pedro S. Torres,, (503) 725-4461

Our Mission

La Casa Latina Student Center is a hub on campus where Latin@ students and their allies come together to build and connect with community, develop leadership skills, empower their individual and collective identities, and participate in services that support academic success. The mission of La Casa Latina is to attract Latin@ students to Portland State University, and provide cultural, social and academic services and programs that enhance the quality of Latin@ student life. We also seek to raise awareness on our campus of the rich diversity of Latin@s across campus.

Table decorated for Dia de los MuertosHours of Operation

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. | Monday to Friday
Closed on weekends and when the university is closed.
Hours Vary When Classes are Not in Session 
**Summer 2017, La Casa Latina Student Center will be closed.


La Casa Latina Student Center can accommodate events up to 40 people and the student center remains open during the event. Furniture must remain in the default setup for the room. Events must be within the business hours of the student center. Reserve the La Casa Latina Student Center

Our Story

On October 4, 2010 President Wim Wiewel launched a new initiative to recruit, support, and graduate more Latino students 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. The artwork and murals in La Casa were made by PSU students.

Media Coverage on La Casa Latina
El Hispanic News 
The Oregonian

La Casa Latina Space Proposal - February 2014

Accessibility Accommodations

There are two accessible entrances to the Smith Memorial Student Union - on the North and East sides of the building. Please see theSmith ADA Access PDF for more information. 

We do our best to create events with accessibility in mind. However, if you feel you may need additional accessibility or support in order to fully enjoy any of our programs, please let us know! You may also contact the Disability Resource Center. While Service Animals are always welcome, the Cultural Resource Centers does not allow pets in our spaces.


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