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Latinos throughout
the City
A Snapshot of Socio-demographic Differences in Omaha, Nebraska

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Haga clic aquí para leer el reporte en PDF.

Researchers from OLLAS have released a new report detailing the demographic makeup of Latinos throughout Omaha. This is the first detailed analysis of the trends of Latinos living in various parts of the entire city. It confirms and challenges generalizations that are frequently made about this population in Omaha.

The report chronicles the dispersion of Latinos throughout the city and their increasing diversity. This publication highlights that geographic location is predictably tied to socioeconomic conditions. The farther west in the city Latinos live, the more advantaged they are. This pattern also holds true for indicators such as educational attainment, income and occupation. However, it is not necessarily as straightforward as that... Read more...


International Service Learning & Study Abroad in Peru
Summer 2016

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Peru Study Abroad Journal:
Read students' reflections on Peru!


Click the image above to read student journal entries from the 2015 OLLAS study abroad to Peru. For more information about previous trips, click here.


OLLAS Informational Materials Available Online

OLLAS Information/ Recruitment Flat Sheet (English)

Read about OLLAS' mission and goals, along with information about the Latino/Latin American Studies (LLS) Major and Chicano/Latino Studies (CLS) Minor. This flat sheet also describes the OLLAS Job Credential and what some of our graduates have said about OLLAS.

OLLAS Information/ Recruitment Flat Sheet (Spanish)

Lea sobre la misión y los objetivos de OLLAS, junto con la información sobre la especialización en Estudios Latinos y Latinoamericanos (LLS) y la sub-especialización en Estudios Chicanos/Latinos (CLS). Este hoja informativa describe también la credencial de trabajo que ofrece OLLAS y lo que algunos de nuestros graduados opinan sobre OLLAS.

OLLAS Advising, Staff and Selected Program Information Flat Sheet (English)

Read about our major and minor requirements, the OLLAS Job Credential, OLLAS staff and faculty and selected OLLAS Programs on this informational flat sheet.

OLLAS Love your Major Flyer

Read about our major and minor, career opportunities, and more on our "Love your major" flyer.



JOLLAS Issue Online:
(Re)envisioning Chicana/Latina Feminist Methodologies

(Re)envisioning Chicana/Latina Feminist Methodologies
Edited by Cinthya M. Saavedra and Michelle S. Perez

Read exciting new articles online with your JOLLAS subscription:

Anticolonial Methodologies in Education: Embodying Land and Indigeneity in Chicana Feminisms

The U. S.-Mexico Border-crossing Chicana Researcher: Theory in the Flesh and the Politics of Identity in Critical Ethnography

Cutting out Their Tongues: Mujeres' Testimonios and the Malintzin Researcher

And more!


Previous features & events.

OLLAS and Students showcased works of Omaha Latino Artists

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OLLAS is partnering with a group of community members, Latino art/art history students, alumni and faculty at UNO—a partnership which led to an exhibition aimed at making visible the presence and work of Latino/Latin American artists in the Omaha metro area. The juried art show, exploring the diverse meanings, themes, history and transnational spaces of Latino art, ideas and creativity, was the starting point for a continuing dialogue about Latinos in art and drew more than 300 people over the course of the two week exhibition.

• Click here to view the flyer with the complete lineup of activities and events.
• Click here to read the press release.
• Click here to read the special guests' bios.

Haga clic aquí para ver el volante en español.

Click here or the image above to read more about these students' involvement in this project.

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Latino/Latin American Artists:
Exhibition & Conversations
Sept. 18-Oct. 2, 2015
Bancroft Street Market


A juried art show that explored the diverse meanings, themes, history and transnational spaces of Latino art, ideas and creativity.

• Click here or the image above to view the flyer.
• Click here to read the press release.
• Click here to read the special guests' bios.

Haga clic aquí para ver el volante en español.

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Mexican Origin Population Growth since 1900:
OLLAS Report on the pages of El Perico

The most recent OLLAS report, "A Demographic Portrait of the Mexican-Origin Population in Nebraska," was published in a 4-part series in Omaha's bilingual newspaper, El Perico.

Find the first part on pages 6 and 8 in the April 2, 2015 issue of El Perico. To view the issue, click the image.

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Cinemateca 2014

Film Streams and UNO's Office on Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS) were proud to announce Cinemateca 2014, their fourth biennial celebration of Latino, Latin-American and Spanish cinema which ran from Friday, Aug. 29 through Tuesday, Sept. 30. Read more...

Click the image to view and download the poster.

Go directly to the OLLAS Cinemateca 2014 webpage.

Vaya a la página de OLLAS de Cinemateca 2014.




Deepening our Understanding of the Unaccompanied Children Crisis

On July 18, 2014 OLLAS and the Heartland Workers Center released a “Statement of Concern about the Humanitarian Crisis of Unaccompanied Children” (see below). We received numerous messages of appreciation from the metro area community. Many Nebraskans have told us they wanted to know more and asked us to point them to reliable sources. In response, OLLAS produced a carefully researched INDEX OF INFORMATION with documents, in English and Spanish, addressing many of the key points mentioned in that statement. You can either go to the statement and click on hyperlinks found within each section or GO DIRECTLY TO THE INDEX.


HWC & OLLAS Issue Statement of Concern About the Humanitarian Crisis of Unaccompanied Children

The Heartland Workers Center (HWC) and the Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS) have issued a statement of concern about the humanitarian crisis confronting refugee children from Central America. We support our local partner organizations in their work to address this crisis. Please feel free to distribute widely. Read the statement...


El Centro Laboral y OLLAS expresan su preocupación por la crisis humanitaria afectando a niños centroamericanos

El Centro Laboral y OLLAS han publicado un documento sobre la crisis humanitaria afectando a miles de niños centroamericanos. Adáptela para sus tareas educativas y de incidencia política y distribuyan ampliamente. Para leer el documento, haga clic aquí...


Fifth Latino/Latin American Summit of the Great Plains
CUMBRE 2013: Celebrating a Decade

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Celebrating a Decade: Cumbre 2013, Nov. 8-9, marked OLLAS' 10-year anniversary

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The Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS) at UNO invited everyone to help us celebrate 10 years of advancing knowledge, influencing policy and changing lives together. Cumbre was free and open to the public (fee required to attend keynote luncheon). For more information, visit the Cumbre 2013 website.

Cumbre: Looking to the future

Panels of renowned academics, community organizers and policy-makers discussed issues critical to Latinos/as and migrants and outlined the Latino/a agenda for social change in the 21st Century.

• Latin America and Latino-America transformed
• Migration, Policies and Migrants' futures
• Latino Politics and Civic Engagement
• Precarious Rights and Access to Education: Testimonios from two generations of Latino youth

For more information, visit the Cumbre 2013 website.


Pedro Noguera, Award-winning educator, author and activist delivered luncheon keynote Nov. 9


OLLAS: Celebrating a Decade

10th Anniversary Video

Check out the OLLAS 10th Anniversary video featuring our wonderful partners highlighting some of our accomplishments in the last 10 years. 

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OLLAS: 10 Years in Photos

Click here to view a slideshow of photos from OLLAS' first 10 years.


Fourth Latino/Latin
American Summit
of the Great Plains

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Cumbre 2010 Website

Human Mobility, the Promise of Development and Political Engagement

Click for Summit Conclusions (English, Español and Clossing Session Presentation), bilingual workshop summary, presentations, photo gallery, reading list and evaluations from Cumbre 2010!!! and read more about Cumbre below. Go to: Cumbre 2010 webpage

Cumbre 2010 brought more than 500 participants from four continents, 15 countries, 14 states and a number of communities in Nebraska.  We thank our supporters, volunteers and cosponsors for this success. 

Here is one example of the many positive comments we have received about Cumbre 2010 and which summarizes many of the things we hope we are and wish to be (Para español ver más abajo):

"Thanks to the OLLAS team and volunteers for your organizational capacity, team building, your capacity to build alliances across institutions, your commitment with migrant communities, your capacity to offer friendship and enjoy life."

"Gracias al equipo de OLLAS y voluntarios por su capacidad organizativa, construcción de equipo, facilidad de construir alianzas institucionales,  compromiso con los migrantes y sus comunidades, capacidad de ser amigos y disfrutar la vida.

Cumbre Highlights

Cumbre Program

View & Print Cumbre Flyer
Volante en Español

Cumbre en Español

Cumbre 2010 is cosponsored  by the Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS), the International Network on Migration and Development (INMD), the National Association of Latin American and Caribbean Communities (NALACC) and a variety of local and national organizations.

The summit is being considered as one of the meetings being held in anticipation of the 2010 IV Global Forum on Migration and Development (Mexico), and the IV World Social Forum on Migration (Ecuador). A discussion about the significance of these forums as spaces for global immigration policy-making and a workshop to deepen civil society capacity to participate in these policy-making processes will be part of the summit’s activities

Cumbre 2010 provides a forum for diverse, international and local publics to engage in critical dialogues that speak to this year’s theme.  Our main objectives are to share knowledge and increase our collective capacity to inform policy and effect change. Our focus is on Latino, migrant and Latin American communities within this hemisphere and across the globe. We welcome comparative analyses with, and experiences from, other migrant, ethnic and racial groups within and outside the United States. Read more...

e Office of Latino/Latin American Studies of the Great Plains at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO), was established in the summer of 2003 as the result of ongoing efforts by the faculty, staff, and students of the UNO Chicano/Latino Studies (CLS) Program and a federal appropriation made possible by the U.S. Department of Education and the support of the Greater Omaha community.


OLLAS (pronounced "oy-yas")
Welcome to the Office of Latino/Latin American Studies of the Great Plains at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO)!

Don't miss great OLLAS classes this spring 2016!

Spring 2016 Class Offerings

Click the image to the right to view the OLLAS Spring 2016 class offerings.





Click the image to the right to view the flyer for Migration, Development and Citizenship






Click the image to the right to view the flyer for Immigration, Migration, and Diaspora: Critical Approaches and Theories of Movement in Literature





Click the image to the right to view the flyer for Urban Latin America

Cumbre 2013 Video, PowerPoints & Photos Online Now

Cumbre 2013 Keynote Video

Relive the Cumbre 2013 keynote address with the full video! Click the image to watch the Cumbre 2013 Keynote Address: Education, Immigration and Civil Rights by Dr. Pedro Noguera.


Click here to watch the rest of the Cumbre 2013 panel videos.


Cumbre 2013 PowerPoints

Catch the highlights of the Cumbre 2013 panels by viewing the presenters' PowerPoints! Click the image to visit the Cumbre 2013 Video, PowerPoints and Photos page.




Cumbre 2013 Photos

Revisit your favorite moments at Cumbre 2013 with all the photos! Click the image to visit the Cumbre 2013 Video, PowerPoints and Photos page.

Other news.

OLLAS Book of the Month

OLLAS occasionally receives books related to the field of Latino/Latin American Studies. Here, in our "OLLAS Book of the Month" section, we will feature some of the exciting new titles that we receive.

Stop by and read them at the office in one of our comfy chairs. These books are sometimes available to be checked out from OLLAS for students, faculty or community members working on research projects or interested in reading for leisure.

This month, as part of our Latino/Latin American Artists: Exhibition & Conversations (get more info here) we are featuring Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art By E. Carmen Ramos

Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art explores how Latino artists shaped the artistic movements of their day and recalibrated key themes in American art and culture. This beautifully illustrated volume focuses on works created from the 1950s to the present, a turning point in our national culture that witnessed the “birth” and transformation of Latino art.

An introduction by guest scholar Tomás Ybarra-Frausto and lead essay by E. Carmen Ramos, curator for Latino art, establish a framework for incorporating Latino art within American art. Sixty-four essays on the artists and collectives included in the exhibition offer close readings of specific works in relation to their broad artistic, cultural, and sociopolitical context.

Be sure to check back for our next "OLLAS Book of the Month"!
Read about previous books of the month here.


The Mexican Side of Nebraska: OLLAS Research Associate writes article in Prairie Fire

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Dr. Lissette Aliaga Linares, OLLAS Research Associate, wrote an article in the latest edition of Prairie Fire about the history of Mexicans in Nebraska and how they are doing on some key trends, such as English proficiency levels, levels of homeownership, education levels and levels of unemployment. Read the article here.


UNO Students Earn $20,000 in Next Generation Leadership Scholarships (NGLS)

Eleven University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) students have received scholarship awards for the 2014-2015 academic year thanks to the Mammel Foundation.  

The Next Generation Leadership Scholarship (NGLS) fund was established within the University of Nebraska Foundation for the purpose of encouraging and rewarding academic excellence and community engagement among UNO students with significant financial need. The Office of Latino/Latin American Studies of the Great Plains (OLLAS) at UNO has administered the scholarship program since 2005.



A Demographic Portrait of the Mexican-Origin Population in Nebraska

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A study released from the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Office of Latino and Latin American Studies (OLLAS) chronicles the current state of Mexican-origin residents of Nebraska, finding that while the numbers of immigrants moving into Nebraska has slowed in recent years, the population continues to grow and become more a part of the state’s demographic makeup. Read more...

We will be releasing a Spanish version of the report soon. OLLAS will present its findings to groups of Nebraska residents at several soon-to-be-announced public forums.

Read the KIOS news story about this report.


Un retrato demográfico de la población de origen mexicano en Nebraska

Haga clic en el imagen para leer el reporte en español.

La Oficina de Estudios Latinos y Latinoamericanos (OLLAS) de la Universidad de Nebraska en Omaha (UNO) anuncia la publicación en español de su estudio sobre la evolución y el estado actual de la población residente de origen mexicano en Nebraska. Sus resultados muestran que aunque el número de inmigrantes que se ha mudado a Nebraska en los últimos años ha descendido, esta población continúa creciendo y se vuelve parte importante de la composición demográfica del estado. Lea más…


Latino Businesses in Nebraska: A Preliminary Look

A new report released by the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS) shows that while the number of Latino-owned businesses in Nebraska are growing, they are also the least likely to survive or expand.  

According to the report, which utilizes data from the public use microdata sample compiled by the U.S. Census Bureau in 2007, while the 3,063 Latino-owned businesses make up just 1.9 percent of businesses in Nebraska, those same businesses have come to represent the largest share of minority-owned firms in the state at 53 percent, which is nearly double the number that existed a decade prior in 1997. Read more...

Click here for the full report in PDF.

Haga clic para el resumen en español.

Read the press release...


Invisible & Voiceless: Latinos in Council Bluffs, Iowa

Council Bluffs Latinos lack access to decision-making roles and important civic services despite strong economic impact in the metro area.Click the image to read the report.cover

While Latino immigrant workers in Council Bluffs, Iowa have contributed significantly to the Iowa and Nebraska economies, they remain virtually invisible and lack a voice in the city’s key venues and institutions – this according to a new report being released by the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS) and funded in part by the Iowa West Foundation.

The report, titled “Invisible & Voiceless” combines data from the 2010 Census with 26 interviews with members of Council Bluffs’ civic, government, education, religious, non-profit and business communities as well as Latino voices gathered at interviews and a small number of Spanish-language workshops and focus groups. Read more...

Haga clic para el resumen en español.

Haga clic para las recomendaciones en español.

Read the press release...


Two UNO, UNMC Reports Show Major Disparities in Health and Access to Care for Latinos and Immigrants in Nebraska and Iowa

The University of Nebraska at Omaha’s (UNO) Office of Latino and Latin American Studies (OLLAS) has released a report and policy brief, in conjunction with the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC), describing the serious health problems facing the growing Latino and immigrant populations in Nebraska and Iowa, particularly the Omaha-Council Bluffs metropolitan area. Read more...

The policy brief presents evidence for major barriers to access medical care for Latinos and immigrants and the potential impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to improve health insurance coverage. The brief also outlines some potential solutions. Read more...

Read the Press Release for more information about this OLLAS-UNMC Collaboration.


Dos informes de UNO, UNMC demuestran grandes disparidades en la salud y acceso al cuidado para los Latinos e inmigrantes en Nebraska y Iowa


The Economic Impact of Latin American and Other Immigrants
Iowa, Nebraska and the Omaha-Council Bluffs Metropolitan Area

Although recent research from the Pew Hispanic Center suggests that the rate of recent immigration to the United States has slowed considerably, other studies clearly show that immigrants make substantial economic contributions to the communities in which they settle.

Using the US Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS) data for the sample period 2006-2010, this report focuses attention on the quantitative economic impact of first-generation, foreign-born individuals on the Omaha-Council Bluffs economy as well as the Nebraska and Iowa state economies in 2010. More ►


El impacto económico de los latinoamericanos y otros inmigrantes
Iowa, Nebraska y el área metropolitana de Omaha- Council Bluffs

Este resumen está basado en un reporte en inglés titulado: "The Economic Impact of Latin American & other Immigrants in Iowa, Nebraska & the Omaha-Council Bluffs Metropolitan Area". Este resumen, en español e ilustrado, es una herramienta que permite a la comunidad conversar sobre asuntos complejos en un lenguaje accesible.  Este tipo de publicaciones responde a la misión y las metas de la Oficina de Estudios Latinos y Latinoamericanos (OLLAS) de crear espacios de aprendizaje más allá de las aulas universitarias.

Investigaciones recientes del Centro Hispano Pew estiman que la tasa de inmigración en los Estados Unidos se ha reducido considerablemente. Sin embargo, otros estudios también demuestran que los inmigrantes contribuyen de manera significativa a la economía de las comunidades en donde se establecen. Leer más ►


Latin America-UNO (LAUNO) Partnerships Earn Grant for Further Student Travel Opportunities through OLLAS

A UNO program focused on developing academic partnerships in Latin America and providing study abroad experiences for students has received $115,000 grant from the University of Nebraska Foundation.

The grant supports Latin America–UNO (LAUNO) Partnerships, a program created in collaboration with the Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS), Service Learning Academy, Department of Biology, and Department of Foreign Languages and Literature. With the funding, LAUNO will offer study abroad opportunities to South America, including Peru, Brazil and Costa Rica, and will integrate service learning aspects and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) programs. READ MORE

Find out about OLLAS' Latin America Study Abroad opportunities


New OLLAS Metro Area Latino Population Fact Sheet

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This is the first installment of fact sheets about the Latino population in the Omaha-Council Bluffs Metropolitan Statistical Area. Together, these fact sheets will provide the context for a forthcoming report on the economic and fiscal impacts of this population in the metro area. Read more...



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Este es el primer número de una serie de boletines informativos acerca de la población latina en el área estadística metropolitana de Omaha-Council Bluffs. Esta serie servirá de contexto al reporte venidero sobre los impactos económicos y fiscales de la población latina y migrante en el área metropolitana. Leer más...