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The Office of Latino/Latin American Studies of the Great Plains—OLLAS (pronounced "oy-yas")—at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) was established in 2003 with the support of UNO faculty, staff, and students as well as the metropolitan community. OLLAS has helped fill a void in the Nebraska and Great Plains region's infrastructure dedicated to the productive incorporation of the new and growing Latino population into the political, economic, and social life of the region. The office is dedicated to developing our institutional capacities and academic initiatives aimed at improving our understanding of Latino/Latin American issues and populations within and across borders.


OLLAS' Mission

To combine academic excellence with real-world engagement in order to enhance our understanding of Latino/Latin American peoples and critical issues.



1. Develop policy-oriented and community-relevant research

2. Create learning opportunities for students and communities beyond the classroom and across borders

3. Establish strategic and egalitarian community partnerships to strengthen our capacity to address local and global concerns


OLLAS Informational Materials

OLLAS Informational/Recruitment Flat Sheet in English

Read more 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 Informational/Recruitment Flat Sheet in 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 in 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.


For more information contact the OLLAS Office at (402) 554-3835 or