Project chronicles first Latinos at SMU

Latino graduate students from SMU's Clements Center for Southwest Studies research a project to chronicle the first Latino students at SMU, who enrolled in 1915.

ByAllison Wisk

Southern Methodist University marks its centennial this year, and a group of Latino graduate students are working to ensure their own history on campus is recorded.

Last week, students from the Clements Center for Southwest Studies presented The Latina and Latino History of Southern Methodist University, a project that details the Latino experience on campus starting in 1915, when the first Hispanic students enrolled.

Fernando Salazar, coordinator of SMU's Multicultural Student Services department, helped facilitate the students' research as they combed through yearbooks and other documents in the DeGolyer Library.