Since the 1980s, there has been a rapid growth of Latina/o populations in the Southeast and, in particular, North Carolina from other parts of the United States (i.e. California), Mexico, Central America, as well as places in South America like Colombia and Ecuador. With the help of her colleagues, Dr. Maria DeGuzmán developed a program that acknowledged and responded to these changing demographics in the state. Inaugurated on September 20, 2004, the Latina/o Studies Program (LSP) at UNC-Chapel Hill is the first program of its kind in the Southeast.
Please visit the Wilson Special Collections Library to see records related to the UNC-Chapel Hill Latina/o Studies. Records consist of event flyers, logos, files from the program website, a program description, a list of speakers hosted by the program, and ephemera. Digital materials on the Carolina Latina/o Collaborative and Latina/o Studies Program are from the files of John Ribó, former Latina/o Studies graduate assistant. Other materials and digital files are generously provided by the program’s founding and current director, Dr. María DeGuzmán. Also included is a transcript of an interview conducted by student Gladys Sanchez with Dr. DeGuzmán in 2017. Click here to see the digital materials online!