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. CCSU
Professor Ronald Fernandez 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 evolved 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 DiLoreto 103, has a variety of research materials such as video documentaries, books, and newspapers that document the history and culture of the Caribbean.