The Center for Mexican American Studies and Research (CMASR) at Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) is dedicated to drawing on our expertise as a Hispanic Serving Institution, steeped in the rich Mexican American culture and history of San Antonio's Westside. The CMASR promotes academic (curricular and co-curricular) research and cultural programming for the university community as well as the local community.
Through its various activities, the CMASR has as its central social justice mission, the following three pillars:
- student success
- faculty development
- community engagement in the Mexican American-Latino communities
We begin locally, supporting the University in fulfilling its mission as a Catholic Hispanic Serving Institution and expand outward to support our students to serve with faith and wisdom to improve the world. Through our comparative approach, the CMASR reaches out to all university communities through our commitment to diversity and inclusion university-wide.
This dynamic approach to Mexican American cultural and scholarly programming provides a model for enriching all students, faculty and staff, fostering cultural competence through the exploration of our intercultural similarities as well as our cultural specificities.