La Casa Latina Student Center
June 1st, 2020: La Casa's physical space is closed in compliance with safety ordinances. Our staff is working remotely Monday - Thursday in accordance with the Workshare program until further notice.
Black Lives Matter: La Casa Latina Student Center: Anti-Blackness and colorism are practices that are real and pervasive within the Latinx community. These centuries-old prejudices that serve to uphold white supremacy and racism must be disrupted. This must happen in our centers, amongst our friends, in our own homes and many times within ourselves. La Casa Latina Student Center pledges to directly address these racist ideologies through programs beginning this summer and as ongoing programming indefinitely. Read more.
La Casa Latina Student Center is a hub on campus where Latinx 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 Latinx students to Portland State University, and provide cultural, social and academic services and programs that enhance the quality of Latinx student life. We also seek to raise awareness on our campus of the rich diversity of Latinxs across campus.
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
About La Casa Latina Student Center
La Casa Latina Student Center is a hub where Latinx and Chicanx 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 Latinx Heritage Month. All students are welcome to the center to meet new people and learn about Latinx culture (gender neutral for Latina/Latino) . La Casa Latina has a computer lab and space for students to relax. All students are welcome.
Leading Latin@s Partnership with Oregon Community Foundation
Begun in 2016, our center received a small grant from OCF for specific programming connecting students with Latinx professionals from the metro area for professional development opportunities. Our Leading Latin@s Series incorporates workshops, employer site visits and bringing professionals to campus to work directly with students. Learn more here:
FY17 LL Final Report
FY18 LL Final Report
Hours of Operation
Monday to Friday
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed on weekends and when the university is closed. Hours Vary When Classes are Not in Session
We seek to collaborate with students, community partners, university units, and student organizations. To learn more, please visit Reservations/Collaborations.
OUR COLLECTIVE AGREEMENT
- PSU students are at the center of our work
- Community growth depends on the inclusion of every individual voice
- We respect others and ourselves
- Our goal is not to agree, but rather, to gain deeper understanding
- No alcohol or drugs on the premises or in the body
- We do not tolerate hate speech, derogatory language/actions, or oppressive language/actions
- We reserve the right to refuse service if the collective agreement is not met or upheld
There are two accessible entrances to the Smith Memorial Student Union - on the North and East sides of the building. Please see the Smith 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.