The Latin American and Latino Studies Program is committed to enhancing diversity at Wake Forest. The Program works closely with the Organization of Latin American Students (OLAS) as well as the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) to plan events throughout the year that spread awareness of cultural issues, particularly as they pertain to Latin America or Latinos. OLAS and OMA provide various opportunities for students to get involved with these events on-campus as well as with the local Winston-Salem community. For a list of upcoming events, please visit the website’s calendar section.
Organization of Latin America Students
The Organization of Latin American Students is a student-run group that dedicates itself to promoting diversity awareness on campus. OLAS provides a supportive community for Latino and Hispanic students and assists with the coordination of various admissions, cultural and academic events related to Latin America and Latinos. Additionally, OLAS provides support to the Latino community of greater Winston-Salem through its philanthropy efforts and engagement with various local non-profits.
Office of Multicultural Affairs
The Office of Multicultural Affairs develops and implements programming which fosters the academic and personal development of the university’s ethnic minority population. It provides academic advising and counseling support for all ethnic minority students. The office serves as an information clearinghouse for the campus community regarding issues impacting ethnic students and coordinates broad-based activities for the university’s ethnic faculty, staff, and alumni.
Working closely with the Latin American and Latino Studies Program, the Office of Multicultural Affairs sponsors various events throughout the year to increase cultural awareness on campus. Aside from hosting an annual World Cultural Festival, the Office coordinates the celebrations surrounding Latino Heritage Month and brings guest speakers to campus throughout the year in hopes of shedding light on the many issues that face Latin America and Latinos in the U.S. Additionally, the OMA assists the Office of Admissions in developing programs to increase the presence of Latinos amongst the Wake Forest student body. On campus, it provides support to Latino students by offering academic and career advising as well as orientation and personal development programs.
Students are encouraged to visit the Office of Multicultural Affairs in Room 346 of Benson University Center from Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5 p.m., to learn how to get involved with the many programs they offer.