Our Lady of the Lake University

The OLLU Center for Mexican American Studies and Research (CMASR) is committed to utilizing 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. The CMASR also serves as a regional educational resource base 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 and programs that explore various topics within Mexican American Studies, including history, literature, fine arts, leadership, health and professional services, social work, sciences and education.

We are especially proud to have been selected 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 join us for our annual conference and awards banquet, and to visit our Center, Special Collections, and main campus in San Antonio, Texas. Also join us for our professional development opportunities and programs for personnel in education, business, health services and non-profit organizations. 

 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/service activities.
  • Support interdisciplinary research and scholarly activity involving Mexican American, Hispanic and Latino populations.
  • Support institutional capacity-building for all students to engage in culturally-based experiences to enhance their cultural competence.
  • Coordinate and assist in professional development programs for cultural competence which reflect innovation, enrichment, inclusion and service to other as inspired by the Core Values of the University.

Selected Academic Degree and Certificate Programs at OLLU

Undergraduate Degree options:
Undergraduate Certificate options:

Graduate Certificate options:

Professional Resources for Cultural Competence

Our Lady of the Lake University
110 Moye Hall
411 S.W. 24th Street
San Antonio, Texas 78207-4689
Phone: 210-431-4148




Events - Spring 2014

Student Scholarly & Creative Activity Symposium
Thursday, March 27, 2014
All OLLU undergraduate and graduate students encouraged to submit a paper, poster or creative work.
Deadline to submit abstracts is February 6, 2014
Decisions will be made by Feb. 17, 2014

Faculty & Staff Professional Development 
INSTITUTE:  "Adding 'Arts' to STEM: A Culturally Relevant STEAM"
Friday, March 28, 2014

Annual CMASR Awards Banquet
Friday, March 28, 2014
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Maggie Werner-Washburne, President of SACNAS

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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