History of the UF Division of Student Affairs - Page 89

89 Evelyn Bethune 1994 - 1995 Katrina Rolle 1995 - 1996 Cheryl Garner 1998 - 2000 Stephen Roberts 2000 - 2005 Darius Bost 2005 - 2007 Anthony Crenshaw 2007 - 2011 John Johnson 2011 - 2012 Veleashia Smith 2013 - present I n s t i t u t e o f H i sp a n i c- L at i n o C u lt u r e s Interest in supporting Hispanic-Latino cultures and students at UF had its roots in academia. The Center for Latin American Studies was established in 1930. When Fletcher Hall opened in 1939, part of the building was called the InterAmerican section and housed exchange students from Latin America and UF students learning Spanish. The program was strongly supported by UF President Tigert and jointly administered by the Department of Housing and Residence Education and the Institute for Inter-American Affairs (now the Center for Latin American Studies). The Fletcher Library was called the Inter-American Lounge. In 1971, the Cuban Student Federation was established becoming the first Hispanic-Latino/a student organization at UF. In the 1980s, the Union de Estudiantes Puertoriquenos Activos (UEPA) and other Hispanic Student organizations were established. During this time period, Hispanic-Latino/a student groups functioned independently or severed ties based on political differences. Also during this time period, the Association of Hispanic Faculty and Staff played a role in supporting Hispanic-Latino/a students including supporting the creation of the Institute of Hispanic-Latino Cultures which was dedicated in 1994. The Institute of Hispanic-Latino Cultures (La Casita), a two-story house located at 1504 W. University Avenue across from Library West and Anderson Hall, offers study and lounge space, workshop and conference rooms, a book and video library, kitchen, a gender-neutral restroom, and an outdoor patio. All rooms in La Casita are available for campus and community meetings during operating hours. Depa rtment histor ies : Multicultur al & Diver sity A ffai rs