Mission,Vision, Goals

BIENVENIDOS!

Hispanic-Latino Affairs (HLA) aims to support, empower and advance the Hispanic-Latino/a community at the University of Florida. By offering culturally and historically relevant programming and initiatives, as well as spaces which welcome all forms of Latinidad and the broader community, HLA educates and forges solidarity between the Hispanic-Latino/a community and its allies. Within our spaces and beyond we will foster unity, leadership, diversity, social justice, and Latinx excellence for all. Mas que un legado, más que una presencia, somos un movimiento.

MISSION

The Institute of Hispanic/Latino Cultures advocates on behalf of Hispanic Latina/o populations and offers support to the University of Florida and the Gainesville community through various programs, resources, and networking opportunities in order to help facilitate cultural awareness, social justice, and empowerment. “La Casita” was established in 1994 and is the first institute of its kind in the south eastern United States, focusing on the empowerment of the Hispanic Latina/o community through Advocacy, Education, and Outreach.

VISION

The Institute of Hispanic-Latino Cultures, also known as “La Casita,” is an advocacy center in which students actively engage in various campus and community events and receive mentoring and guidance in a safe and productive environment. Students and community members are dedicated to promoting social justice through the use of available resources by increasing awareness, participation and connection between La Casita, the University of Florida and the community. La Casita is a welcoming and educational “home away from home” where students learn, socialize and build relationships in order to support and positively impact lives.

GOALS

Hispanic-Latino affairs under Multicultural Diversity Affairs, advocates on behalf of Hispanic, Latino, Latina and Latinx populations and offers supports to the University of Florida and the Gainesville community through various programs, resources and networking opportunities in order to help facilitate cultural awareness and empowerment. The Institute of Hispanic-Latino Cultures also known as “La Casita,” was established in 1994 and is the first institution of its kind in the south eastern United States, focusing on the empowerment of the Hispanic-Latino community through advocacy, social justice, fellowship, and outreach. In 2016, The Hispanic-Latino Engagement Center also known as “La Salita,” has been established as a second please for Hispanic-Latino community to enhanced experiences through Education, Leadership, Retention Initiatives and Academic Success