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The Latin American, Latino and Caribbean Center, in keeping with the distinctive mission; values; and traditions at Central Connecticut State University, promotes the understanding and the appreciation of the historical, social, and cultural life of Latin American and Caribbean societies and of Latinos in the United States through education, community events, study abroad, international exchange, community outreach and research. Because of the importance of the Latino community as one of the largest minority groups in the United States, the Center plays an important role in providing educational opportunities to Latino students, promoting Latino culture, and in maintaining a harmonious relationship with non-Latino cultures. The Center’s mission is consistent with the University’s mission of fostering diversity and global awareness.

 

On December 1995, Central Connecticut State University opened a Center for Caribbean Studies with the expectation of attracting more students of Caribbean heritage to the University and helping it attain an increasingly diverse student population. Ronald Fernandez, a CCSU professor, was the center's founder and Director.

The Center, supported by a $75,000 start-up grant from the state of CT., promoted student and faculty exchanges with Puerto Rico, Jamaica and other Caribbean islands; sponsored cultural activities; and strengthened ties between students of Caribbean heritage and community groups until 2004. 

In 2009, The Center's Advisory Board began a comprehensive review of the Center's name and mission, and decided to develop new ones that more closely reflect what the Center has become. The Center evoloved from an academic center to a student resource center and was renamed as the Latin American, Latino, and Caribbean Center to more completely encompass the various regions represented by the University's Hispanic and Latino/a student population.

The Center, housed in Elihu Burritt Library, has a variety of research materials such as video documentaries, books, and newspapers, that ducument the history and culture of the Caribbean.

 "Roots of the Caribbean"

 

 

 

One wall of the Center is covered by a mural titled "Roots of the Caribbean'', which was painted by Jorge Morales, a native of Puerto Rico. Morales created the mural in CCSU's Art Building, and often worked with his family by his side. The young girl in dreads depicted on the far right in the mural, is actually the artist's daughter. Morales was a graduate student in the M.S. Art Education program when he completed his masterpiece.

The mural depicts the heritage and culture of the Caribbean people.The idea was to paint a scene that celebrated the Caribbean, and welcomed students and the general public to the Center and to the University. 

One of our special intents in creating the mural was to underline the spectacular colors that characterize the Caribbean, its remarkable intellectuals, artists, and its cultures.

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

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