Student Experience

Possibilities and activities abound for you while studying with the Hispanic Studies department.

Student Advisory Board

If you join the SAB, you'll be one of a group of approximately eight to ten Hispanic Studies students who work with the Department's faculty in an advisory capacity on such matters as curriculum, staffing, and special projects. Students interested in participating should contact the Department chair or the chair of the Student Advisory Board.

Service Learning

The Office of Volunteers for Community Service
OVCS serves as a liaison between our students and the surrounding community. OVCS links students with service-learning opportunities in such agencies as Centro de la Comunidad, Connecticut Legal Services, the Salvation Army, Families in Crisis and many, many more.

Another service-learning program is Proyecto Comunidad, developed and managed by the Department of Hispanic Studies with the support of the Holleran Center for Community Action and Public Policy and the Office of Volunteers for Community Service (OVCS).

This service-learning course offers the opportunity to apply Spanish language skills and to enhance cultural understanding while working in the Hispanic community of New London. Three to six hours of service are required weekly. The community-based aspects of the course are enhanced by seminar meetings, readings, oral presentations, and written assignments. The program is available to Hispanic Studies and Latin American Studies majors and minors, as well as to any Spanish-speaking Connecticut College students interested in community-based learning. Hispanic Studies and Latin American Studies majors are strongly encouraged to enroll in PROYECTO COMUNIDAD as part of their of study.

Through the Proyecto Comunidad Shadow Program, students accompany a range of professionals during the course of a typical workday. The pairings are made at student request in accord with academic and professional interests. During a half-day or full-day shadowing of their hosts, students explore career interests, meet potential mentors, conduct research, gain insight into issues pertinent to the Hispanic community, and envision practical applications of classroom learning. This program is available to Hispanic Studies and Latin American Studies majors and minors, to members of La Unidad, and to native speakers of Spanish.

Download a program brochure and application. (PDF Format.)

The Shadow Program is sponsored by the Department of Hispanic Studies in cooperation with CELS, OVCS, La Unidad, Unity House, the Holleran Center for Community Action & Public Policy, and the Dean of Multicultural Affairs.

Funded Internships

All Connecticut College students have the opportunity to participate in a funded summer work/learning internship experience. The Career Enhancing Life Skills (CELS) program is an ideal opportunity for Hispanic Studies students to enhance their knowledge of Spanish or Latin American regions, to improve their language skills, to explore career possibilities, and to conduct research pertinent to senior projects.

Unity House

Unity House, the College's multicultural center, contains a library, and rooms for meetings and activities. It is the site of a range of programs—films, concerts, discussions—as well as the base for organizations that support students of color. Visit the Unity House site to learn more.

ATLAS International Student Club

ATLAS is a large club with membership at times representing over twenty-five countries. The international students work together on diverse events and activities that increase awareness and appreciation of the many cultures on campus.

Contact Information:

Chair: Luis Gonzalez, Associate Professor
Assistant: Nancy Lewandowski

Phone: 860-439-5409
Fax: 860-439-5332

Department of Hispanic Studies
Connecticut College
Winthrop Hall
270 Mohegan Avenue
New London, CT 06320-4196