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Central Americans have long migrated north—today, their studies are getting their due

A Los Angeles Times article explores the work of Leisy Abrego and Cecilia Menjívar, leading Salvadoran scholars on Central American migration.

In Memoriam: Dr. William 'Billy' Cunningham

A National Leader in Addressing Racial/Ethnic and Socioeconomic Disparities Among Vulnerable Populations

Transnational students invisible in Mexican education system

Mexican schools are failing to recognize the unique value and needs of ethnically Mexican students who immigrated from the United States after spending years in the American education system, said scholars in a recent discussion.

Kevin Terraciano to publish two new books

Two new volumes edited by the Latin American Institute director come out this summer. Both address, in whole or in part, Mesoamerican culture and the Florentine Codex.

The diverse culture of Latin America

Two Latin American films recently screened at UCLA explored the experiences of German immigrants to Chile and race and class prejudice in the Dominican Republic, respectively.

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