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2007.10.12 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@mail.unomaha.edu

OLLAS Honored for Work Among Nebraska's Hispanics, Latinos

Omaha - For its outstanding contribution to the state's Hispanic community, the UNO Office of Latino and Latin American Studies (OLLAS) will be recognized at the First Annual Hispanic Heritage Month State Commemoration Oct. 12, at the State Capitol in Lincoln.

The event, which runs from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is themed "Embracing Diversity," allows Nebraska residents to learn more about and embrace the diverse cultures and contributions of Hispanics/Latinos. The award will be given annually.

"It is such an honor to be recognized by our peers for all of the effort that has gone into making OLLAS such a success," said Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado, OLLAS assistant director. "It is the combined endeavors of faculty, students and staff working across the community that has garnered the most attention and this recognition will only serve to inspire everyone to work even harder on issues about which we feel so passionately."

OLLAS was established in 2003 as a center that would contribute new knowledge and understanding of Latino and Latin American communities and migrants within the state and across the region. OLLAS offers programs in Chicano and Latino/Latin American Studies and has received major funding for research that serves to inform public policy and effect change while engaging with community and academic partners locally and in Latin America.

Lourdes Gouveia, director of OLLAS, will accept the award on behalf of the center's faculty, students and staff during the Oct. 12, ceremony.

Visit www.unomaha.edu/ollas/ for more information about OLLAS.

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