Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Latin American Resource Center

In this sectionAdvocacy Organizations, Arts Organizations, Business, Economic Development and Professional Organizations, Consulates, Community Organizations, Cultural Organizations and Local Government.

Advocacy Organizations

  • Asociación Nacional Pro Personas Mayores
    820 Jordan St., Suite 310
    Shreveport, LA 71101
    ANPPM was founded to inform policymakers and the general public about the status and needs of elderly Hispanics and other low-income elderly persons. The organization provides direct social services, such as employment, housing, health and education, SSI outreach and counseling, marketing ideas, and provides training and technical assistance to community groups and professionals in the field of aging.
  • Casa Angelina
    3324 First St.
    New Orleans, LA 70125.
    Angelina’s House helps exonerees, the homeless and immigrant workers. The organization provides temporary living arrangements for inmates who have completed their sentences and fulfilled their obligations to society but are not being released for technical reasons; temporary living arrangements for the homeless, along with rehabilitation assistance for those willing to accept the services afforded by A.A. and N.A. meetings; legal assistance with immigration issues; access to free, confidential H.I.V. testing; free translation services in Spanish, English, and Portuguese; and food baskets to needy families as available.
  • Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse for Greater New Orleans, Inc.
    Italia Castillo, Bilingual Prevention Coordinator
    3520 General de Gaulle Drive, Suite 5010
    New Orleans, LA 70114
    This organization provides educational programs for primary and secondary school students, parents, civic, business and church groups, and the general community. Seminars and retreats on such topics as alcohol, tobacco, drugs, domestic and social violence, family dynamics, self-esteem, depression and suicide are available.
  • Hispanic Apostolate Community Services & Immigration and Refugee Services
    2505 Maine Avenue
    Metairie, LA 70003
    FAX: 504/523-6962
    1000 Howard Ave.
    New Orleans, LA 70113
    FAX: 504/486-3985
    A division of the Archdiocese of New Orleans, the Hispanic Apostolate is dedicated to helping immigrants in the New Orleans metropolitan area integrate into the U.S. and lead productive and independent lives. They provide emergency assistance, job services, tax preparation services, workers’ rights information, immigration services, health care information, counseling, educational programs and refugee resettlement services. Their events include seminars and talks on diverse topics of importance to the community, health fairs, fundraising dinners, dances, auctions, and English classes.
  • Latino Farmers Cooperative of Louisiana
    Kathia Duran, Executive Director
    4640 South Carrollton Ave, Suite 200
    New Orleans, LA 70119
    FAX: 815/333-3613
    The LFCL is a demand-driven, grassroots nonprofit organization planned and incorporated under the Louisiana Agriculture Cooperative Law. LFCL serves emerging farmers, enthusiastic gardeners and conscientious consumers by working together to provide access to farmland, resources, education and training so members can grow healthy food in urban sustainable farms, foster entrepreneurship and address the socioeconomic issues of the Latino community.
  • Latino Forum
    504/310-6880 (English and Spanish)
    The Hispanic Forum began towards the end of 2006 when several leaders in groups serving the Hispanic community saw the need for increased communication among those doing similar work. The Forum has since evolved into a loose network of groups and individuals that share information, discuss issues in the community, and work towards increased collaboration amongst organizations to avoid duplication and fill in gaps.
  • New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice/Congress of Day Laborers
    217 N. Prieur St.
    New Orleans, LA 70112
    FAX: 504/309-5205
    E-mail: jacinta
    The Congress of Day Laborers brings together Day Laborers and reconstruction workers from corners across the Greater New Orleans area. Day Laborers formed the organization to defend themselves against exploitation at the hands of contractors, the police and immigration authorities.
  • Puentes New Orleans Inc.
    1050 S. Jefferson Davis Parkway, Suite 316
    New Orleans, LA 70125
    FAX: 504/821-7213
    The mission of Puentes New Orleans, Inc. is to build assets and create access for the Latino community of the Greater New Orleans area. The organization works to create a highly active, non-partisan, public leadership Latino voice to advocate for access to good jobs, quality education, safe streets, affordable housing and economic opportunities.

Arts Organizations

  • The Arts Council of New Orleans
    935 Gravier St, Suite 850
    New Orleans, LA 70113
    FAX: 504/529-2430
    The Arts Council of New Orleans is a private, nonprofit organization providing programs and services to artists, arts organizations, the business community, and city government. Established in 1975, the Arts Council encourages, educates, and cultivates the environment necessary to create art by providing resources, services, and programs to over 1,000 artists and 50 arts.
  • Louisiana Humanities Center
    At Turner’s Hall
    938 Lafayette Street, Suite 300
    New Orleans, LA 70113
    800/909-7990 within LA
    504/523-4352 outside LA
    FAX: 504/529-2358
    The Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities celebrates the culture of Louisiana by helping people tell their stories every day. An independent, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the LEH receives over half of its funding from local sources.

Business, Economic Development and Professional Organizations

  • Club Cubano de Profesionales
    901 E Lexington Ave.
    Gretna, LA 70056
    This group of Cuban professionals hosts dinners, luncheons, ballroom dancing, and field trips to preserve Cuban customs and community.
  • Greater New Orleans, INC.
    Mark C. Drennen, CEO
    365 Canal St., Suite 2300
    New Orleans, LA 70130
    GNO, INC. is a dynamic regional partnership of public and private leaders driving the economic resurgence of the Greater New Orleans area. In pursuit of tightly defined goals, GNO, INC. will act as a catalyst, advocate and resource broker—a nonpartisan organization focused on retaining jobs, creating new jobs, developing the workforce and fostering a pro-business public policy.
  • Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana
    Cynthia Ceballos , President
    1515 Poydras St., Suite 1010
    New Orleans, LA 70112
    FAX: 504/887-5422
    HCCL seeks to create, promote and enhance economic opportunity and prosperity for the Hispanic business and professional communities.. They provide networking meetings , luncheons, and the annual Gala dance and silent auction.
  • Hispanic Lawyers Association of New Orleans
    124 S. Telamachus St.
    New Orleans, LA 70119
    FAX: 504/482-8525
  • Louisiana Technology Council
    1215 Prytania St., Suite 301
    New Orleans, LA 70130
    FAX: 504/304-2905
    The Technology Council is a network between business, government, education, venture capital and a wide range of other organizations and its goal is to transform Louisiana’s technology industry into a strong, visible, and respected competitor in the global marketplace.
  • World Trade Center New Orleans
    2 Canal Street, Suite 2900
    New Orleans, LA 70130
    FAX: 504/529-1691
    The mission of this private non-profit is to add wealth and jobs in Louisiana through international trade, port development and allied activities. Throughout the year, WTC offers a wide range of programs related to Latin America including foreign language classes, international conferences and trade shows and seminars on doing business in Latin America. In addition, numerous dignitaries from throughout Latin America visit the WTC as speakers and honorees. University Graduate Student memberships are $75/year and membership applications can be obtained online or by telephone.
  • World Affairs Council of New Orleans
    2 Canal Street
    World Trade Center Suite 2323
    New Orleans, LA 70130-1507
    Tel: 504.523.2201
    The World Affairs Council of New Orleans (WAC/N.O.) is a a nonprofit, nonpartisan educational organization that provides community leadership to promote and foster productive and enlightened international relations through educational and cultural/social forums with a commitment to cultural diversity and inclusive fellowship. WAC/N.O. offers its members and their guests monthly programs and activities featuring prominent speakers from both the U.S. and abroad. Membership in WAC/N.O. provides access to a diverse arena of local presentations and special events, as well as benefits and discounts available through the WACA.


  • Belize
    Honorary Consul of Belize
    Ms. Jean Benard
    39 Burleigh Court North
    Marrero, LA 70072
    FAX: 504/392-3809
  • Brazil
    Honorary Consul of Brazil
    Mr. David Schulingkamp
    1 Canal St., Suite 1600
    New Orleans, LA 70130
    FAX: 504/529-2611
  • Chile
    Honorary Consul of Chile
    Mr. Ángel Pelayo Carreras
    Post Office Box 60046
    New Orleans, LA 70160
    FAX: 504/528-3487
  • Dominican Republic
    Consul General of the Dominican Republic
    Mr. Joaquin Balaguar
    2 Canal Street, Suite 2100
    New Orleans, LA 70130
    FAX: 504/522-1007
  • Ecuador
    365 Canal St.
    New Orleans, LA 70130
  • El Salvador
    Honorary Consul
    Dr. Patricia Elena Molina
    FAX: 504/831-7404
  • Honduras
    Consul General of Honduras
    Ms. Ena Liliana Casto Rice
    2 Canal Street, Suite 2340
    New Orleans, LA 70130
    FAX: 504/523-0544
  • Mexico
    Consul General of Mexico
    Adrian Garcia Guerra
    901 Convention Ctr. Blvd
    New Orleans, LA 70130
    (504) 272-2198
  • Nicaragua
    Honorary Consul
    Mr. Carols Sampson
    9449 Briar Forest Dr., Unit 5701
    Houston, TX 77063
    FAX: 713/315-2445
  • Panama
    Consul General of Panama
    Mr. Eric A. Rodriguez
    2 Canal Street, Suite 2424
    New Orleans, LA 70130
    FAX: 504/524-8960
  • Peru
    Honorary Consul of Peru
    Ms. María O’Byrne Stephenson
    2 Canal Street, Suite 2308
    New Orleans, LA 70130
    FAX: 504/525-2846
  • Uruguay
    Honorary Consul of Uruguay
    Mr. Julio E. Rios
    2 Canal Street, Suite 2002
    New Orleans, LA 70130
    FAX: 504/524-8924
  • Venezuela
    Consul General of Venezuela
    Ms. Lourdes Madriz
    2 Canal Street, Suite 2300
    New Orleans, LA 70130
    FAX: 504/522-7092

Community Organizations

  • Asociación de Guatemala en Luisiana
    Miriam Aguilera, President
    3612 Harvard Ave.
    Metarie, LA 70006
    Founded to maintain the culture, tradition and customs of Guatemala, to encourage youth to speak Spanish, and to carry out charitable works in Latin America, this organization crowns a Miss Guatemala, participates in the Miss Hispanic American Unity pageant, and holds special celebrations on Father’s Day, Guatemalan Independence day and Christmas.
  • Asociación Hondureña Unificada de Luisiana
    Rosemary Hernandez, President
    7124 Wilty St.
    Metarie, LA 70003
    This organization promotes unity, education and social development among Hondurans, forges friendly ties with the U.S. community, and seeks a closer relationship with other Hispanic organizations by organizing aid projects in New Orleans and Honduras. In addition to fundraising parities, raffles and barbeques, they also have a special commemoration of Soldier’s Day (October 3) in honor of General Francisco Morazán, a promoter of Central American unity.
  • Asociación Nicaragüense de Luisiana
    629 Carmenere Dr.
    Kenner, LA 70065
    The Association was formed to preserve the culture, traditions and folklore of Nicaragua, foster unity among Nicaraguans, promote education, support social service projects, and select and train candidates for the title of Miss Nicaragua to represent the community at social events. They hold special celebrations on Mother’s Day, to commemorate Central American independence (September 15), and in December for a Christmas toy drive for Nicaraguan children. They also publish a monthly newsletter, Nuevo ANDELA.
  • Asociación Únete
    801 N Broad St.
    New Orleans, LA 70119
    Unete promotes basic education and career training for low-income students in Central America and has fundraisers to give scholarships to Louisiana technical schools.
  • Brazilian-American Cultural Institute of New Orleans (BACI)
    PO Box 51707
    New Orleans, LA 70151
    The Brazilian-American Cultural Institute (BACI) works to preserve the language and culture of Brazil by uniting like-minded Brazilians and non-Brazilians in New Orleans through food, art, music, lectures and Portuguese. BACI’s local chapter has occasional feijoada, bate papo and an annual Christmas party.
  • Casa Argentina
    Juan Jorge Gershanik, President
    PO Box 13562
    New Orleans, LA 70185
    Since 1983, the nonprofit organization Casa Argentina has worked to promote the culture and heritage of Argentineans in New Orleans through various events featuring a dazzling consortium of writers, musicians and artists. A highlight on Casa Argentina’s calendar is the annual tango show, a fundraiser in the form of a traditional dinner-show-dance-auction gala, held each year in late May to commemorate Argentina’s revolution for independence in 1810.
  • Club de Puerto Rico, New Orleans, Louisiana
    Created to maintain the customs, traditions and culture of Puerto Rico and faithfully represent Puerto Rican identity. Special celebrations include a Christmas party, poetry readings, storytelling, musical events, and cultural festivals featuring Puerto Rican artists.
  • The New Orleans Hispanic Heritage Foundation
    P.O. Box 2764
    New Orleans, LA 70176
    FAX: 504/891-8753
    The New Orleans Hispanic Heritage Foundation is a social and cultural organization committed to preserving Hispanic culture and heritage that annually awards twenty-five private high school scholarships to area students of Hispanic descent. The annual fund drive, the Azúcar Ball, is held in August.
  • Nicaraguan Independent Committee for Assistance (NICA)
    P.O. Box 212
    Metairie, La. 70004
    Serves to help the poor in Nicaragua obtain social, medical, educational and housing aid. They arrange transportation, lodging, medical diagnosis and treatment free of charge for Nicaraguans brought to Louisiana for medical care and assist Latin America in times of emergency.
  • Salvadoreños Unidos de Luisiana
    P O Box 70011
    Metairie La 70011
    This group promotes economic, social and cultural development in El Salvador by providing for the victims of natural disasters. Regular concerts and dinners are among fundraising events.
  • United Dominicans of Louisiana
    This organization maintains a united Domincican community through recreational, cultural, and educational activities and promotes the history, music and culture of the Domican Republic, especially to Dominicans in the States. They hold celebrations to mark Independence Day and other Dominican holidays, masses in honor of Our Lady of Altagracia, the patron saint of the DR, and the selection and crowning of Miss Dominican Republic for the Miss Hispanic American Unity pageant.
  • Unidad Hispanoamericana
    Metairie, LA 70001
    This organization has as its mission to preserve Hispanic American culture. They host an annual art and beauty pageant.

Local Government

  • Port of New Orleans
    P.O. Box 60046
    New Orleans, LA 70160
    Phone: 504/522-2551
    FAX: 504/524-4156
    Located at the mouth of Mississippi River, the Port of New Orleans has been a center for international trade since its foundation in 1718. Today, it continues to be America’s gateway to the global market. The Port’s facilities include 22 million square feet of cargo handling area and more than 6 million square feet of covered storage area. Each year, the Port accommodates an average of 2,400 vessel calls.
  • Vieux Carré Commission
    334 Royal Street
    New Orleans, LA 70130
    FAX: 504/528-3945
    The Vieux Carre Commission (VCC) is the agency of the City of New Orleans whose charge is the preservation of the quaint and distinctive character of the historic French Quarter district of the city, also known as the Vieux Carré (Old Square.)




All Events

Upcoming Events

Racismo vs. socialismo: Un conflicto fuera de lugar (Guest Speaker Robert Zurbano)

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“Racism vs. Socialism: A conflict out of place. Mapping the Cuban Racial Debate, Internal Colonialism, and the New Racist Economy”

Roberto Zurbano Torres (1965) is a writer and essayist, cultural critic, and anti-racism activist. He is the author of the books Elogio del lector (1990), Ramón Rubiera: un astro ilusorio (1992), Poética de los noventa: Ganancias de la expresión (1994), Los estados nacientes: Literatura cubana y postmodernidad (1996), and essays such as Raza, literatura y nación: el triángulo invisible del siglo XX cubano, El rap cubano: un discurso hambriento de realidad and Cuba 2012: Doce dificultades para enfrentar los neo-racismos. He is a two-time winner of the DADOR, a Cultural Journalism award, and the Medal for National Culture. His works have appeared in Temas, La Gaceta, Universidad de La Habana, La Letra del Escriba, Casa de las Américas, Catauro, Movimiento, Afrohispanic Review, Meridional, and the New York Times.

Zurbano works at the Centro de Investigaciones Literarias at the Casa de las Américas. He has given lectures all around Latin America as well as Europe, specializing in popular culture, race, music, and black writers in Latin America and the Caribbean. Through his work in activism he recently founded the Proyecto Pichon Haitien, which promotes the contributions of Haitian immigrants to Cuban national culture. He is a member of the UNEAC, LASA, and Articulación Regional Afrodescendiente de América Latina y el Caribe, Capítulo Cubano (ARAAC).

This event is free and open to the public. The talk will be given in Spanish. Sponsored by the Cuban & Caribbean Studies Institute. For questions email

Deconstructing Día de los Muertos in the Classroom

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The Stone Center for Latin American Studies at Tulane University and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art are once again sponsoring a K-12 teacher workshop to celebrate Day of the Dead!

The workshop will focus on how to provide students with information about Day of the Dead, Day of the Dead traditions, and celebrating Day of the Dead in the classroom. The workshop will involve hands-on activities, including activities which will translate into the classroom!

All participants will receive light refreshments, 2 free tickets to Ogden After Hours, teaching materials and CEUs. Workshop will focus on the altar exhibit at the Ogden throughout October.

Check out the workshop website to access the schedule or download a PDF here.

Deborah Lawrence Lecture: Tropical Forests and Climate Change

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“Tropical Forests and Climate Change”. Deborah Lawrence , Ph.D., is a Professor of Environmental Sciences at the University of Virginia.

Please join us for a reception afterwards, in Woodward Way.

For more information please contact Jordan Karubian, Associate Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, or 865.5549.

Repression and Street Protests: Behavioral Underpinnings of Backlash Movements

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The Tulane University Political Science department presents a talk entitled "Repression and Street Protests: Behavioral Underpinnings of Backlash Movements" by Susan Stokes, the John S. Saden Professor of Political Science at Yale University and Director of the Yale Program on Democracy.

Dr. Stokes research interests include democratic theory and how democracy functions in developing societies; distributive politics; and comparative political behavior. Her co-authored book, Brokers, Voters, and Clientelism (Cambridge, 2013) won best-book prizes from the Comparative Politics (Luebbert Prize) and Comparative Democratization sections of APSA. Among her earlier books, Mandates and Democracy: Neoliberalism by Surprise in Latin America (Cambridge, 2001), received prizes from the APSA Comparative Democratization section and from the Society for Comparative Research. Her articles have appeared in journals such as the American Political Science Review, World Politics, and the Latin American Research Review.

Sponsored by the Political Science department and the CIPR (Center for Inter-American Policy and Research.

For more information please contact Virginia Oliveros (

MARI Brown Bag: Evan Parker "The Middle Preclassic of the Puuc Maya: Preliminary Excavations at Paso del Macho, Yucatan, Mexico"

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MARI is pleased to present the fifth brown bag of the 2015-2016 year. Evan Parker, a Graduate Student in the Department of Anthropology, will present a talk about his recent research on the Preclassic Maya of Yucatan, Mexico entitled “The Middle Preclassic of the Puuc Maya: Preliminary Excavations at Paso del Macho, Yucatan, Mexico.”

M.A.R.I.'s Brown Bag talk series is meant to provide a venue for students and faculty focusing on topics related to Mesoamerica to discuss their latest research in an informal and friendly setting. If you are interested in presenting, please email Marcello Canuto ( for more information. For the current speaker list of this talk series, please click here.

Workshop: Applying for Grants and Fellowships

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This workshop targets SLA graduate students who are new to grant writing and submission. The workshop will provide tips on searching for funding opportunities and writing an award winning proposal. Grant writing is a significant intellectual activity that is in high demand in many academic fields, economic sectors, and firms and organizations. For academics, grant writing not only raises one’s research visibility but can increase opportunities for writing and national and international presentations. For non-academics, grant writing can open doors to consulting, collaborative research, and entrepreneurial opportunities in the private sector and nonprofit world.

Kevin Gotham will discuss the basic elements and strategies of submitting proposals to the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), Social Science Research Council (SSRC), and other federal agencies. He will describe the process and criteria by which federal funders like the NSF and the NEH review proposals, proposal development strategies for individual investigators, the qualities and merits of an award-winning proposal, and federal funding opportunities for researchers. Kevin is a former NSF program director, occasional NSF panelist and reviewer, and a current NSF awardee.

Chris Rodning will discuss why applying for grants is important for graduate students and how grant writing can enhance student career prospects. He will describe the strategies students can use to develop proposals, the importance of working with faculty mentors in preparing proposals, and various skills students can develop to score funding for their research. He will also provide recommendations for how students can seek out and apply for diverse sources of funding, including internal and external sources. Chris has experience reviewing grant proposals for National Geographic Society (NGS), National Science Foundation (NSF), and the American Philosophical Society. He has also been a co-P.I. on NSF and NGS grants; and a P.I. for a Board of Regents Grant.

The workshop will also include short presentations from Katherine Johnston and Patrick Rafail, assistant professors in sociology. Katie and Patrick are past winners of NSF Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement (DDRI) awards. Patrick is current NSF awardee. They both have much experience as grant writers and will speak about the grant review and evaluation process for graduate student proposals and offer advice and suggestions for developing an award-winning proposal.

The workshop is targeted toward all graduate students in SLA interested in pursuing external funding to complete their dissertations and enhance their professional skills. The format will be interactive, allowing for audience questions and participation. Please RSVP to Kevin Gotham Please also submit a few sentences describing your research interests or an abstract of your dissertation. Please contact Kevin Gotham if you have questions. Thank you.