Our Lady of the Lake University

The OLLU Center for Mexican American Studies and Research (CMASR) is committed to utilizing the University's Mexican American cultural expertise as a viable springboard for supporting cultural competence and cultural enrichment of faculty, staff and students in higher education and other organizations and institutions. Rooted in a transnational perspective, the CMASR also serves as a regional educational resource and interdisciplinary research center with a focus on effectively reaching, educating, and graduating more first-generation Latina/o students—a large majority who are of Mexican American descent.

To showcase and expand OLLU’s expertise in Mexican American culture, the Center hosts and promotes events, programming, and interdisciplinary research efforts that explore various topics within Mexican American Studies, including history, literature, fine arts, transnational border studies, public policy, leadership, healthcare services and administration, counseling and social work, sciences, and education.

We are especially proud to maintain the archival collections for the Spanish Missions and for San Antonio's first Latina city councilwoman, Maria Antonietta Berriozabal. These collections are used by national and international scholars for their research projects.

We invite you to come join us for our campus-community programming and visit our Center, Research Collections, and main campus situated in the heart of San Antonio's West Side. Also, join us for our professional development opportunities and programs for personnel in education, business, health and wellness services, and non-profit organizations. ¡Sí se puede!

 CMASR Mission Statement

The mission of the OLLU Center for Mexican American Studies and Research is to expand the knowledge, understanding, appreciation and application of the Mexican American culture.                                                                                                    --Approved March 2012

To achieve our mission, the CMASR will:
  • Support and showcase the Mexican American cultural expertise of faculty and staff members actively engaged in culturally-relevant, scholarly and service activities.
  • Support interdisciplinary research and scholarly/creative activity involving Mexican American and other transnational Latina/o communities.
  • Support institutional capacity-building for all students to engage in culturally-based experiences to enhance their cultural competence and global awareness.
  • Coordinate and assist in professional development programs for cultural competence which reflect innovation, enrichment, inclusion, and service to others as inspired by the Mission, Vision, and Core Values of the University.
  • Support the University's Rooted in Providence: To Grow, To Graduate, and To Lead strategic plan via our La Cosecha (The Harvest) initiatives.

Selected Academic Degree and Certificate Programs at OLLU

Undergraduate Degree options:
Undergraduate Certificate options:

Graduate Certificate options:

Professional Resources for Cultural Competence

To learn more about the Center for Mexican American Studies and Research initiatives, please contact Dr. Ezequiel Peña at or call 210-431-4148.

Center for Mexican American Studies & Research
Our Lady of the Lake University
215 Moye Hall
411 S.W. 24th Street
San Antonio, Texas 78207-4689
Phone: 210-431-4148



Past Events

 PBS Series on Latinos in the U.S. Meet producer John Valadez
Panelists: Steven Wise (OLLU faculty) and Martha Tijerina (OLLU alumna).

 Reading and Book Signing by author
Beatriz de la Garza

Cultural Competence: Challenges and Opportunities for Diversity in the Workplace 

10th Annual Conference: "Higher Education-Cultural Issues & Cultural Studies 

Community Forum Discussion: The State of Education in Texas 


Chicano Studies Documentary: "Unrest" produced by Miguel Duran
See film on the founding of CSUN's Chicana/o Studies Department 

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