Maria de los Angeles Torres, University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) professor of Latin American and Latino studies, has been named executive director of The Inter-University Program for Latino Research (IUPLR), a national consortium of 25 university-based Latino research centers. The group, which recently moved its headquarters to UIC, aims to promote policy-focused research and advance the Latino intellectual presence in the U.S. Founded in 1983, IUPLR supports research and programs that foster greater understanding of U.S. Latinos in politics, economics, culture, art, history and immigration. Torres, a scholar of Latino politics in the U.S., immigration and citizenship in America and U.S.-Cuba relations, formerly served as director of Latin American and Latino studies at UIC.
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