Since its creation in 1999 the Institute for Latino Studies has played a vital role in fostering understanding of the U.S. Latino experience. Building upon the history of Latinos at Notre Dame and the outstanding intellectual legacy of Julian Samora, a pioneering Latino scholar and professor of sociology, the Institute supports scholarly initiatives in Latino studies as a key component of Notre Dame’s academic mission. By teaching and preparing leaders, advancing research, and strengthening community, the Institute is true to the mission, tradition, and distinctively Catholic values of Notre Dame.



The Institute for Latino Studies advances understanding of the fastest-growing and youngest population in the United States and the U.S. Catholic Church.

ILS strengthens the University of Notre Dame’s mission to prepare transformative leaders in all sectors including the professions, arts, business, politics, faith, and family life among Latinos and all members of our society.



To foster a deeper understanding of Latino communities to empower faculty, students, society -- all of us -- to make better strategic decisions as to what kind of a country we want to leave for our children and grandchildren.  



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