El Centro's Mission
Our mission is to offer a place to those who are interested in learning about Hispanic Culture. El Centro also provides the public with special events, "fiestas", social gatherings, "charlas" and workshops. We also provide help with the retention of Hispanic and multicultural students.
Who comes to El Centro?
As we say it in Spanish "Toda la gente" everybody!!!!
We are El Centro de Muchos Colores! Diversity is always better. We welcome anyone who wants to participate, socialize, and be our friend.
What can you do at El Centro?
- Have fun!!
- Use our computers
- Touch on your Spanish!!
- Use the kitchen
- Eat and hang out with friends
Where is El Centro Located?
- Room 40, Student Union
- Fort Lewis College, Durango
- (970) 247-7654
El Centro History
El Centro de Muchos Colores was first established at Fort Lewis College in 1988, under the presidency of Dr. Joel Jones. The original facility was opened in the CUB student memorial lounge, and then was moved to the married housing unit before finding its current home in Berndt Hall.
Through various volunteers and instructors, the organization has thrived and has for the first time this year ever hired its first paid coordinator. In 2005, a 20-hour part-time staff position was created to spearhead El Centro de Muchos Colores and make the organization more visible throughout campus and the larger community.
In 2007, the coordinator position was made full-time. In 2008 El Centro relocated to the main floor of the library.
What El Centro does
Educate others about Hispanic culture, through food sales, Christmas Reenactment of Las Posadas, Luminaria displays; National Hispanic Heritage Month events, live music performances, guest speakers, Latino movie nights, in-house cultural library, international maps and flag resources, community outreach with Durango Latino Education Coalition, student-run publication called La Movida.