Williams College is located in Massachusetts’ Berkshire County, which is currently second only to Suffolk County (Boston) in terms of the size of its immigrant population. Given that many recent Massachusetts immigrants are of Latin American origin, a growing number of local and state organizations have formed in response to their unique needs. The local organizations and media outlets listed below represent a small sampling of these organizations.

The Berkshire Immigrant Center (formerly known as the New American Citizenship Coalition)

Manos Unidas

Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA)

Williams College Center for Learning in Action


Many scholarship opportunities are available for students through Williams as well as through outside foundations. A few such options are listed below. For a more complete listing of funding opportunities, we recommend that students contact the Williams College Office of Special Academic Programs.

Office of Special Academic Programs

Hispanic Scholarship Fund:

Mellon May Undergraduate Fellowship

Allison Davis Research Fellowship

Graduate Programs

Given its interdisciplinary character, a graduate degree in Latina/o Studies may be pursued within a variety of more traditional disciplines, such as English, History, Anthropology, Political Science, Sociology, Spanish, and Art History, among others. Latina/o Studies graduate degrees can also be earned under the auspices of American Studies, Ethnic Studies, Public Health, Women’s and Gender Studies, Media Studies, Critical Theory, Cultural Studies, Comparative Literature, Performance Studies and Public Policy programs or departments. However, a growing number of U.S. research institutions have established graduate programs or departments that specialize in Latina/o and/or Chicana/o Studies:

American Studies and Ethnicity, University of Southern California

Chicana/o Studies, University of California, Davis

Chican@ Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara

Chicano Studies Research Center, University of California, Los Angeles

Department of Africana and Puerto Rican/Latino Studies, Hunter College, City University of New York

Department of Latino and Hispanic Caribbean Studies, Rutgers University

Latina/o Studies, American Culture, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor

Latin American and Latino Studies, University of Illinois, Chicago

Latino and Latin American Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz

Latino Studies Program, Department of Social and Cultural Analysis, New York University