Centro Hispano

Latinos at UNCW1

Our Mission

The mission of Centro Hispano is to nurture students into becoming strong  leaders, representative of all the core values of UNCW, through the promotion of academic excellence, cultural representation and leadership 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. We focus on embracing and nurturing diversity, student leadership development and best practices and use of resources for academic success. Our emphasis on diversity is exemplified by our goal of increasing the representation of the diversity within the Hispanic culture through students, faculty, staff, campus events, curriculum and community engagement. Our focus on student leadership development provides students with enrichment opportunities such as leadership conferences, leadership seminars and certificates, as well as leadership roles within our campus and community.

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 and offer resources, such as support networks, that maximize the success of each student. Our initiatives include establishing local service learning internships and volunteer opportunities, linking students with professional mentors, and most importantly, providing a place where every student feels at home while striving for success.

Our History

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 close to 1,000 Hispanic/Latino students who attend UNCW and reaches out to the local community with several initiatives, mentoring programs, cultural events and special outreach programming.

Centro Hispano allows YOU to:

  • Organize multi-cultural events on campus
  • Fully develop your leadership skills
  • Participate in many social and community service activities
  • Be part of the UNCW Hispanic /Latino family

News and Events


Centro and General Counsel discussing about Campus Climate and legal issues., which include the First Amendment, Respect Compact, harassment, and discrimination.



Military dictator Augusto Pinochet calls for a referendum to decide his permanence in power in 1988, the leaders of the opposition persuade a young daring advertising executive - René Saavedra - to head their campaign. With limited resources and under the constant scrutiny of the despot's watchmen, Saavedra and his team conceive of a bold plan to win the election and free their country from oppression. Written by FICV.



AGA Research Foundation Fellowship

Application due Friday, February 3rd

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 3rd- Sunday, February 5th

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 1st  

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