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Center for Mexican American Studies and Research

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. 

What We Do 

Events and Programming

The CMASR collaborates with departments and organizations on campus and in the community to produce events and programs that promote a deeper understanding of the Mexican American culture in addition to an awareness and acceptance of all other cultures represented in our society.


OLLU's expertise in Mexican American culture, as well as other cultures, is reflected in the coursework, research and creative activities of students and faculty. It is part of the CMASR mission to support the interdisciplinary research and scholarly activities of students and faculty involving Mexican American, Hispanic and Latino populations.

Research Collections

The CMASR is a rich resource of valuable historic documents and information that includes the Spanish Colonial Historical Research Collection, the María Antonietta Berriozábal Collection and the Mexican American Collection.