Centro Hispano

Latinos at UNCW1

Our Mission

To nurture students into becoming strong leaders, representative of all the core values of UNCW, through the maximization of professional global competency, Hispanic cultural and linguistic representation, and leadership through cultural identity development. Centro Hispano serves as a link between students and all available resources needed for their academic growth, as well as for their development as future professionals.

Our Goal

The goal of Centro Hispano is to support the rapidly growing number of Hispanic students applying, attending and completing degrees at UNCW. We promote opportunities that broaden understanding and appreciation of diverse Hispanic cultures, offer resources that maximize the success of each student, and most importantly, providing a place where every student feels at home while striving for success.

Our History

In 2005, Centro Hispano originated through the efforts of a distinguished faculty member who saw the need to increase diversity on campus, particularly the Latino demographic. At that time, Centro Hispano had no budget, office or staff. Today, Centro Hispano serves more than 1,000 Hispanic/Latino students who attend UNCW, and serves as leaders in the local Latino community through mentoring programs, cultural events and community engagement.

Centro Hispano allows YOU to:

  • Be part of the UNCW Hispanic /Latino family
  • Engage with the community through social and service activities
  • Develop your leadership skills
  • Maximize your cultural competency and identity development 

News and Events


AGA Research Foundation Fellowship

Application due Friday, February 3
Ten summer fellowship awards of $5,000 will be given to support digestive disease and nutrition related research projects. Candidates will spend 8-10 weeks of researching in this area.


Friday, February 3- Sunday, February 5, hosted by the Georgia Campus of Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Suwanee, GA. This year’s theme is “Unidos por un future: Together we all rise.” The conference will focus on Hispanic/Latino community values and how these factors influence healthcare, both for patients and physicians.
Salsa Fiesta
Free to UNCW students with ID and $10 for everyone else.
There will be a Salsa workshop from 7:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. for anyone interested to learning new moves.
The fun will continue until 11:00 p.m. so stop on by. 


Southern Education Foundation

Application due Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Fellowship opportunity for students in college ages 20-32.
The opportunity focuses on equity and excellence in education and ways to best approach it.
Stipend rages from $4,500 - $5,000. Program takes place May 29 - July 21, 2017.
For Bilingual Hispanic Families, New College Search Tools Shine a Light on Financial Aide
Centro Hispano Marks 10 Years on UNCW Campus
White House Honors UNCW for Hispanic Education Achievements
Pew Hispanic Center - Hispanic Trends
Executive Order - White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics