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In the Spring of 2020 Chancellor Michael Amiridis, Amalia Pallares, then Associate Chancellor and Vice Provost for Diversity, Equity and Engagement, and María de los Ángeles Torres, LAS Distinguished Professor of Latin American and Latino Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago, identified the need to create a consortium of Carnegie designated Research 1 and Hispanic Serving Institutions to advance research on US Latinas/os/x, strengthen the pipeline to the professoriate, and develop new collaborative research agendas.

In the summer of 2020, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded the Office of Diversity and the Latin American and Latino Studies Officer’s Grant to create the consortium to enable scholarly collaborations and a new institutional infrastructure for broad collaboration across multiple Latino Studies Humanities projects and engaged Scholarship.

On October 29-30, 2020, the first convening of R1 HSI Presidents and Chancellors under the rubric Crossing Latinidades: Building Comparative Latin@ Studies took place virtually to start the blueprint for collaboration leading to the successful submission of a $5 million Latino humanities grant to the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

UIC to lead new consortium of Hispanic-Serving Institutions

$5M Mellon Foundation grant to support a national initiative in Latino humanities studies