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Welcome to the Institute for Latino Studies

Did you know that in the US today:

  • 1 in 6 residents is Latino
  • 1 in 5 school children is Latino
  • 1 in 4 babies is Latino
  • 1 in 3 Catholics is Latino
  • 1 in 2 Catholics under 30 is Latino

Latinos are at once the oldest and the newest immigrant population in our country. They are expected to account for over 25% of the US population by 2050, and even now, as the numbers above demonstrate, they represent one of the most significant factors for social change in our nation. What is the significance of the growth of this population? What does the future hold for the nation as a whole? The Institute for Latino Studies at the University of Notre Dame is committed to finding answers that will best prepare the nation to meet the future.