Founded in 1970 as a program which became the Black and Hispanic Studies Department in 1972, OSC’s Africana and Latino Studies Department is one of a handful in the United States to integrate and maintain the intersections of Black and Latino Studies. We have also remained steadfast in our concern for social justice upon which the (inter) discipline was founded.
Originally conceived as a way to foster a humane appreciation of the cultures of Africana and Latino peoples largely ignored in universities before the 1960s, the current ALS curriculum and its faculty's research, reflect many of the issues now facing people of color on a global scale. Our program is vibrant and ever evolving, incorporating into our courses new scholarship from critical race studies, social theory, gender studies, sexuality studies, cultural studies, and ethnic studies.
Our community of scholars practice what it teaches and researches. We are involved in social justice related projects on and off campus including refugee assistance, consultancy with democracy and governance issues, the union movement, LGBTQ advocacy, and immigrant rights work.