Bond Hall, the new home of the Institute for Latino Studies, was featured in a recent Observer article "Recently renovated Bond Hall welcomes new departments, initiatives" (Sept 13 2019).
According to the story, Bond Hall was originally built in 1917 and served as the University's main library until 1964. Currently it houses the ILS in addition to the Graduate School, the Office for Postdoctoral Scholars, the Center for the Study of Languages and Cultures, the Flatley Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement, and a new initiative for first-year science and engineering students. The ILS moved from McKenna Hall at the end of Spring semester as the building undergoes a two-year renovation.
Paloma Garcia-Lopez, associate director of the ILS, told the newspaper the move allowed for a larger, more comfortable lounge for students open Monday through Thursday, and placed the ILS in a great location with respect to other buildings.
“We feel really blessed because we’re close to the Basilica and the Grotto and the lake, and it’s a really nice place to be,” Garcia-Lopez said. “Everybody seems to walk by the Dome, so we’re getting a lot more connection to the student body, which we really like, and then the other departments that have moved in have just made the building more lively."
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