Welcome from

Dr. Yajaira M. Padilla

Thank you for visiting the home page of Latin American and Latino Studies (LAST), an interdisciplinary area and ethnic studies program in the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Arkansas. The LAST program provides in-depth exposure to the key geographic regions, historical trajectories, social modes, languages, and political, economic, and cultural systems of Latin America and the Latino U.S.


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Featured Student

Jessica Fay

Jessica graduated in August 2007 with a BA in Spanish and Latin American Studies. During her time at the U of A, she had the opportunity to study abroad both in Mexico and in Spain. These experiences coupled with the lessons she learned during her undergraduate classes inspired her to enter the U of A's Masters of Arts in Teaching program. Jessica graduated in 2008 with a M.A.T. in foreign language education. She currently teaches Spanish 1, Native Spanish 1, cheer, and pom at Rogers High School and Crossroads Alternative High School in Rogers, AR. She is also a sponsor of the Hispanic Leadership Team at RHS. Since her time in college, she has traveled to about fifteen different countries. 


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Featured Faculty

Dr. Edvan P. Brito

Dr. Edvan Brito received a B.A. in Portuguese and Linguistics from the University de São Paulo (USP), an M.A. in Mass Communication and Media Studies from Howard University, and also holds an M.S. and a Ph.D. in Linguistics from Georgetown University. His dissertation study focused on sociolinguistic variation, race/color, and stance taking in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. His research interests include language and identity, comparative race relations in Brazil and the United States, and Portuguese as a foreign language.