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.
  • Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse for Greater New Orleans, Inc.
    2640 Canal Street, 4th floor
    New Orleans, LA 70119
    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
    1000 Howard Ave.
    New Orleans, LA 70113
    FAX: 504-486-3985
    Contact Julie Ward at
    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.
  • New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice/Congress of Day Laborers
    217 N. Prieur St.
    New Orleans, LA 70112
    FAX: 504-309-5205
    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.
    4205 Canal Street
    New Orleans, LA 70119
    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

  • Ashé Cultural Arts Center
    1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd
    New Orleans, LA 70113
    Ashé‘s mission is to use art and culture to support human, community and economic development. Located in Central City, the Center provides opportunities for art presentations, community development, artist support, and the creation of partnerships that amplify outreach and support efforts. Ashé houses a repertoire of original theater works that are available for touring, and provide sponsorship for many private, public, community-focused, and family oriented events.
  • 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 Turners’ Hall
    938 Lafayette Street, Suite 300
    New Orleans, LA 70113
    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.
  • Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center“:
    1618 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd
    New Orleans, LA 70113
    Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center has been bringing alternative art to New Orleans since November 1986 – 28 years and still counting! It is an entirely volunteer, artist-run organization that does not receive grants or public funds. Presenting film, video, performance art, visual art and literary events seven nights a week, all year round, Zeitgeist is considered one of the premier alternative arts center in the South.

Business, Economic Development and Professional Organizations

  • Greater New Orleans, INC.
    1100 Poydras St., Suite 3475
    New Orleans, LA 70163
    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
    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 Business Resources & Technology Center
    Delgado Community College – East Bank Jefferson Campus
    5200 Blair Dr., Bldg. 1, Room 22
    Metairie, LA 70001
    The Hispanic Business Resources & Technology Center (HBRTC) was created by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana (HCCL) in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Established with seed money from the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation and the AT&T Foundation’s Casa Cyber Network, the HBRTC represents a coalition of public and private entities utilizing a holistic approach of providing business assistance, educational opportunities, and social services to the affected Hispanic community and represents a real approach to addressing ethnic cultural sensitivity and language barriers. Today they offer the only web-based bilingual soft skills workforce development training program in the State. Adult learners can study at their own pace at the Center with the assistance of an Hispanic instructor/case manager, or can work from computers at home or the library. A bilingual GED course is also offered.
  • Office of Economic Development”:
    1340 Poydras St. Suite 1000
    New Orleans, LA 70112
    FAX: 504-658-4238
    The Mayor’s Office of Economic Development exists to spur the growth of a diverse economy that creates good-paying jobs and provides equal access to economic prosperity. They promote economic growth through several initiatives, development projects and incentive programs.
  • World Trade Center New Orleans
    One Canal Place
    365 Canal Street, Suite #1120
    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
    2045 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 539
    New Orleans, LA 70122
    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
    Hon. Edmund Wright
    Honorary Consul
    328 Terry Parkway
    Gretna, LA 70056
    Email: or
  • Brazil
    Hon. David Schulingkamp
    Honorary Consul General
    365 Canal Street, Suite 1600
    New Orleans, LA 70130
    FAX: 504-529-2611
  • Chile
    Hon. Angel Pelayo Carreras
    Honorary Consul
    1350 Port of New Orleans
    Place Boulevard
    New Orleans, LA 70130
    FAX: 504-528-3357
  • Dominican Republic
    Hon. Joaquin Balaguer
    Consul General
    400 Poydras Avenue, Suite 1520
    New Orleans, LA 70130
    Phone: 504-522-1843
    FAX: 504-522-1007
  • El Salvador
    Honorary Consul
    Dr. Patricia Elena Molina
    FAX: 504-831-7404
  • Honduras
    Hon. Elka Herrera
    Consul General
    365 Canal Place – 15th Floor
    New Orleans, LA 70130
    FAX: 504-523-0544
  • Mexico
    Hon. Andrea Garcia Guerra
    901 Convention Center Blvd, Suite 119
    New Orleans, LA 70130
    FAX: 504-528-3724
  • Nicaragua
    Hon. Carlos A. Sampson
    Honorary Consul
    16716 Amberwood Dr.
    Baton Rouge, LA 70810
    FAX: 713-315-2445
  • Panama
    Hon. Linnette N. Baruco M.
    Consul General of Panama
    2615 Energy Centre
    1100 Poydras Street
    New Orleans, LA. 70163
    FAX: 504-524-8960
  • Uruguay
    Hon. Cesar A. Lurati
    Honorary Consul
  • Venezuela
    Hon. Karina Pacheco Parilli
    Acting Consul General of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela
    400 Poydras Street, Suite 2145
    New Orleans, LA 70130
    FAX: 504-522-7092

Community Organizations

  • Asociación de Guatemala en Louisiana
    Miriam Aguilera, President
    3362 Cannes Pl
    Kenner, Louisiana 70065
    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 Louisiana
    Rosemary Hernandez, President
    7124 Wilty St.
    Metairie, 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
    3720 West Louisiana State Drive
    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.
  • Casa Argentina
    P.O.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
    400 Poydras Street, 30th Floor
    New Orleans, LA 70130
    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.
  • 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
    President’s E-mail: Ramon Reyes at
    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
    1350 Port of New Orleans Place
    New Orleans, LA 70130
    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
    1300 Perdido St, 7th Floor
    New Orleans, LA 70112
    FAX: 504-528-3945
    The Vieux Carré 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

Latin American Studies Pre-Professional Alumni Speaker Series

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Each year in association with LAST 4000, the capstone seminar for graduating seniors in Latin American Studies, we invite recent graduates to speak about their current employment and the path that took them there—and to give advice to students soon to hit the job market. We invite all students to attend these informal discussions.

Speakers will speak at 11:00 a.m. for 45 minutes to an hour. Out of courtesy for the speaker and the class, we ask that guests arrive on time and stay for the entire presentation. Speakers will also speak in the 9:30 session, but will begin later. If you would like to attend this section or would like additional information, contact Edie Wolfe at ewolfe@tulane.eduu

Thursday, September 17
William Faulkner (2009), Director, Flux Research, Monitoring and Evaluation; formerly i2i Institute and Plan Políticas Públicas, São Paulo, Brazil. Flux is a consultancy focused on research, monitoring and evaluation that links those spearheading social change with the social sciences approaches, methods, and services required to evaluta operations and impact. After graduating in 2009, Will completed at masters in Latin American Studies at the Stone Center and went on to work as a researcher and evaluation coordinator with a similar organization in São Paulo, Brazil.

Tuesday, October 6
Katie Gray (2013) formerly Accounts Representative, Latin America and Brazil accounts, Intralox. Intralox is the world leader of modular plastic conveyor belts located in Hammond, Louisiana. Katie worked for several years as their tri-lingual Spanish and Portuguese speaking Account Representative, providing service support to Customers in Latin and South America.

Thursday, October 8
Bianca Falcon (2013) Chief of Staff, Republíca LLC. República, LLC is a privately held national advertising, branding, promotions, digital media and public relations company headquartered in Miami, Florida. República is a minority owned and certified company that ranks among the Top 50 U.S. Hispanic Agencies

Tuesday, October 20
Allison Bakamjian, (2010) Program Services Manager, Shanti Project’s Women’s Cancer Program, San Francisco; formerly Peace Corps Education Specialist, Santa Marta, Colombia. Prior to her Peace Corps volunteership, Allison worked with AmeriCorps*VISTA as the Volunteer Supervisor working with New Orleans Outreach and local public schools.

Thursday, October 22
Christine Sweeney (2010), Cybersecurity Policy and Program Analyst, Office of Management and Budget, Executive Office of the President; formerly Program Officer, Latin America and the Caribbean, International Republican Institute. In her position with the IRI, Christine managed democracy and governance programs in Venezuela and Ecuador, helping to cultivate relationships with field-based and international implementing civil society partners and local political stakeholders to carry out the program objectives of promoting democratic transparency throughout the region

Tuesday, Nov. 17
Michael Murray (2010), Senior Consultant, FSG. FSG is a mission-driven consulting firm for leaders concerned with social change. Mike will discuss his work with the organization, including his research in Chile for a collaborative report on how local companies can increase competitiveness and profitability by helping to solve social problems such as poverty, education, and health.

Tuesday, Dec. 1 (To be confirmed)
Amanda Parker (2007), Project Manager & Trainer for Agriculture & Sustainable Land Use, World Wild Life Fund. Amanda works primarily in South America, specifically Paraguay managing and coordinating conservation projects in the Pantanal and Atlantic Forest Eco-Regions.

Thursday Dec. 3 (To be confirmed)
David Klauber (2008) Emergency Child Production Specialist, Save the Children. Most recently David worked as a volunteer program manager and grant-writer for the Unión de Agricultores Minifundistas, an association of organizations working on grass roots development de Guatemala in Guatemala City.. David will speak primarily about his experience with Save the Children in refugee camps on the Ethiopian-Somali border

Shango: Winter Music Festival

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Shango is a collaborative musical program featuring New Orleans’ own Bill Summers and Afro Cuban Master Dance Artist, Michelito Herrera Perez.

This event is free and open to the public. It is a collaboration between Xavier University’s African American and Diaspora Studies Program, XUTULAC and Tulane University’s Stone Center for Latin American Studies. For more information please contact Dr. Sarah Clunis at or call: 504- 520-5020.

Photographic Exhibition "Precision"

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The Consulate of Mexico in New Orleans is proud to present a photographic exhibition, “Precision,” by Mexican artists Luis Arturo Chacon. There will be an opening reception on November 12th at 6 PM. For more information, visit the Consulate webpage.

Casa Borrega's 5th Annual Latin Jazz Fest

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Casa Borrega will host its Fifth Annual Latin Jazz Fest on Friday, December 11, 2015, from 7pm to 2am at the People’s Health New Orleans Jazz Market, 1426 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard, a state of the art performance venue – ideally suited for this event. Deep roots connect the Crescent City with Latin America from Jelly Roll Morton’s “Latin Tinge” to newly formed musical entities that will be performing at this festival. Many longtime local musicians have made Latin Jazz a way of life and Casa Borrega celebrates this choice and artistry at its annual event. A new addition to the Fest is a multi-national ensemble of talented dancers who will perform throughout the evening.

7pm – Muevelo Tribute : Tito Puente & Celia Cruz
8:45pm – Javier Gutierrez & VIVAZ!
10:30pm – Alexis Guevara Afro Cuban Trio
12:15am – Latin Dance Party with DJ

  • Salsa dance demonstrations throughout *

Food by Casa Borrega & cocktails at the Bolden Bar
Tickets: $20 – available at
1/2 off for students with valid ID at the door

Hope to see you there! For further information please don’t hesitate to contact Linda Stone, 504.292.3705 or Hugo Montero, 210-392-9365 or email or visit

La Hora del Cuento: Bilingual Story Time at the Pebbles Center Uptown

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Join the Pebbles Center at the Children’s Resource Center branch of the New Orleans Public Library for bilingual story time.

Held the second Monday of every month at 5:15 PM, we will read a book and have a craft based on the book. Past books include Dear Primo, ‘Twas Nochebueno, and Call Me Tree/Llamame Arbol.

Story Hour Books
Oct. 12
Funny Bones by Duncan Tonatiuh
Celebrate Halloween and Day of the Dead with this story time!

November 9 ­
María Had a Little Llama by Angela Dominguez
Learn about Peru and the Andean highlands through the eyes of Maria and her llama!

December 14
Martín de Porres by Gary Schmidt
Learn about this important Saint and his role in helping the poor!

Ancient Maya Women: A K-16 Educator Workshop

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LARC, in conjunction with the Annual Tulane Maya Symposium and the New Orleans Museum of Art, is hosting a teacher workshop on the ancient Maya. The workshop will introduce information on women in the ancient Maya world as well as providing activities to introduce into the classroom. Check back soon for more information.

To register, visit the Maya Symposium Registration page.