The Puerto Rican/Latin American Cultural Center’s mission is to improve the status of Latinos and to promote awareness, understanding, and appreciation of the richness and diversity of Latinos and Latin American cultures. PRLACC works independently and corroboratively with other University departments and community organizations to sponsor educational and cultural programs, provide services and leadership opportunities, foster connections, and educate the greater University community about Latino issues. Our services and programs seek to enhance and support student, faculty, and staff recruitment and retention, as well as enrich the multicultural climate of our community.
The Puerto Rican/Latin American Cultural Center arose from the struggle for civil rights and economic justice that found many U.S. campuses and cities in turmoil during the 1960’s. At the University of Connecticut, issues such as racism and equality and access in employment opportunities and education, were addressed by numerous student groups and concerned individuals.
For Latinos at UConn, this effort was led by three Latino students who formed a student organization called the Puerto Rican Student Movement (PRSM). Through the efforts of this group, the University agreed to look for a building to house some of the programs and activities of the PRSM. In the fall of 1972, the Engineering Annex on Glenbrook Road was established as La Casa Borinqueña. In 1977, a full-time Director’s position and full-time clerical support were established. The name of the Center changed in 1985 from the Puerto Rican Center to the Puerto Rican / Latin American Cultural Center in order to be more inclusive of the community.
Today, PRLACC is located on the 4th floor of the Student Union where we enjoy a beautiful facility with outstanding services and programs, which include a computer lab, film and book collections, conference and programs rooms for meetings, seminars, events and much more.