La Casa Latina Student Center

About La Casa Latina Student Center

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

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. La Casa Latina has a computer lab and space for students to relax. All students are welcome.

Our Mission

La Casa Latina Student Center is a hub on campus where Latin@ (gender neutral for Latina/Latino) 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.

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. 

Hours of Operation

9 a.m. to 7 p.m. | Monday to Thursday
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. | Friday
Closed weekends


December 14th to December 18th, 2015, La Casa Latina Student Center will be open M-F 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. We will close on December 21st, 22nd, and 23rd and reopen January 4th, 2016 for winter term. 


**Summer hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Friday


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 Program Coordinator: Pedro S. Torres,, (503) 725-4461

Accessibility Accommodations

Any accessibility accommodations should be made by contacting the Disability Resource Center.
The Cultural Resource Centers do not allow pets in our spaces. Service animals are welcome.