The KU Latinx Studies Initiative embraces the heterogeneous identities, socioeconomic status, racial, national, and generational differences of Latinxs by building interdisciplinary relationships among departments, programs, and units on campus as well as community organizations that represent related interests. Latinx Studies brings together disciplines as diverse as Anthropology, English, History, Philosophy, Political Science, Spanish and Portuguese, Sociology, and Religious Studies, along with programs such as American Studies, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, African and African American Studies, Indigenous Nations Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies, among others.
In 2006-2007, when the number of KU Faculty with specialization in Latinx populations in the U.S. reached critical mass through several new hires, a group of these faculty came together to raise the profile of Latinx Studies at KU. At the time, KU offered majors or minors in African and African American Studies and Indigenous Nations Studies, but not in Latino/a Studies. These faculty successfully proposed a new U.S. Latina/o Studies minor, housed in American Studies.