Welcome to El Centro - Bienvenidos a El Centro de Muchos Colores!

El Centro's GoalsEl Centro En Espanol

Our goal is to provide a place for anyone interested in Hispanic culture and to assist with the retention of Hispano and multicultural students.

Are you an ASSET student?

  • If yes, please fill out this application to find out if you qualify for state and/or institutional aid.
  • Check out this story in the Durango Herald for more information.
  • El Centro can help you with any question en espaƱol tambien!

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!!
  • Study
  • Use our computers
  • Touch on your Spanish!!
  • Socialize
  • 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. In 2011, El Centro landed in its permanent location directly across from the bookstore on the ground floor of the Student Union. The current state-of-the-art facility includes a dance floor, a full commercial kitchen, lounge space, computer lab and more for all student to find their "Home away from Home" at El Centro de Muchos Colores.

What El Centro does

We educate others about Hispanic culture, through food sales, National Hispanic Heritage Month events, live music performances, guest speakers, Latinx book clubs, in-house cultural library, community outreach, Ballet Folklorico de Durango, a radio program on KDUR called Centrovision and a student-run publication titled La Movida.