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LaFaSA: Purdue University-Latino Faculty/Staff Association

The Latino Faculty And Staff Association (LaFaSA) is an educational organization whose purpose is to be an advocate for the Latino issues in higher education, which also includes the educational welfare and advancement of the Latino community. Our Goal is to promote the social and cultural dimensions of Latino history, heritage, and culture as it relates to education.

LaFaSA is dedicated to hearing and promoting the voice of all Latino/a faculty and staff on all levels at Purdue University. LaFaSA also strives to create community and a support network facilitating Latinos/as being a visible and viable part of the university environment.

The goals of LaFaSA are to communicate interests, concerns, and awareness of Latinos/as; assist in recruitment and retention of Latino/a faculty, staff, and students at Purdue University; foster the educational missions of the University and progress of our faculty and staff through the ranks; and enhance multicultural knowledge of Latinos/as among faculty, staff, administration, and students of the Purdue and general community.

Calendar of Events

To be announced. Please sign up for the LaFaSA listserve – see below for instructions. Also check with the LCC calendar.

LaFaSA Activities

Latinos have historically valued a strong sense of community. LaFaSA strives to create that sense of community on campus through a variety of activities which are designed to meet the diverse needs of Purdue’s Latino community of faculty and staff.

  • Meetings-LaFaSA meets twice each semester
  • Informal lunch gatherings-an opportunity to meet to catch up with Latino Faculty and staff over a casual lunch
  • Copitas: Faculty and staff meet after hours to socialize and network
  • Outreach to Latino/a campus service staff
  • Collaborative relationships and activities with the Latino Cultural Center, Diversity Resource Office, and Black Caucus; and various student groups
  • Comida para Estudiar: Faculty and staff work in teams to prepare meals for students the week before final exams
  • Advocacy for Latino voice on campus and in education
  • Amor por Nuestras Familias: Holiday outreach assistance for Latino families on campus
  • LaFaSA Faculty Committee: meetings to follow the general LaFaSA meetings

Latino Scholars Forum

The next Latino Scholars Forum will be held in 2010. Watch for Call for Proposals during the second semester!

Listserv Moderated by LaFaSA

LaFaSA is concerned with being a viable part of the Latino community on campus and in the state of Indiana. In order to meet the community’s need to connect and share information, LaFaSA maintains a listserv. The listserve is moderated and filters unwanted or excessive messages.

If you are interested in joining the LaFaSA list, visit https://lists.purdue.edu/mailman/listinfo/lafasa.

LaFaSA Officers, 2009-2012

  • Dr. Luciana C. de Oliveira
    President, 2010-2012
    Assistant Professor
    Dept of Curriculum & Instruction
    College of Education
    (765) 494-2358
  • David Robledo
    Vice-President, 2010-2012
    Data Manager
    College of Engineering
    (765) 496-1044
  • Dr. Ignacio Camarillo
    Faculty Committee Chair
    Associate Professor
    Department of Biological Sciences
    (765) 494-0172
  • Marisol Uribe
    Business Operations Specialist
    Latino Cultural Center
    (765) 494-2530

If you have an idea for a LaFaSA activity or want to participate, please contact: David Robledo at drobledo@purdue.edu or Luciana C. de Oliveira at luciana@purdue.edu