¬°Bienvenidos a El Centro de Muchos Colores!

Welcome to El Centro!

Look no further to learn about Latinx culture than the incredible range of activities and resources offered by El Centro! From Spanish conversation hours to lively performances and tasty food workshops, there's something here for everyone.

Whether you're a student looking to connect with other multicultural peers or a community member interested in learning more about the richness and diversity of Hispanic traditions, this center is the perfect place to get involved. Come check it out and see for yourself why it's such a vibrant and welcoming hub!

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Our state-of-the-art facility includes a dance floor (where Ballet Folklorico de Durango practices), a full commercial kitchen, lounge space, computer lab and more for all student to find their "Home away from Home." Come here to:

  • Make new friends
  • Do homework
  • Eat your lunch
  • Have study group meetings
  • Practice your Spanish
  • Hang out
  • Use the computers or printer
  • Have a dance party
  • Take a siesta
  • Play board games
  • Read one of our many books (you can rent them too!)
  • Cook a cultural dish in our shared kitchen


The history of El Centro de Muchos Colores

El Centro de Muchos Colores was established in 1988 at Fort Lewis College under the leadership of Dr. Joel Jones. It has been located in several places on campus, including the CUB student memorial lounge, married housing unit, and Berndt Hall. In 2011, it found its permanent home on the ground floor of the Student Union, across from the bookstore.

In 2005, a part-time staff position was created to increase the organization's visibility on campus and in the community, and in 2007, the coordinator position became full-time. Today, the coordinator is an Assistant Director within the Diversity Collaborative as of 2020.