About The Center for Puerto Rican Studies


Our Mission

Understanding, preserving, and sharing the Puerto Rican experience in the United States.

Founded in 1973, the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College (Centro) is the only academic research institute solely devoted to the interdisciplinary study of the Puerto Rican experience in the United States.

We link data and scholarship to policy and social action, and contribute to the enrichment of Puerto Rican studies across the country.

Centro documents, collects, preserves, and shares our community’s experiences through:

• Library & Archives
• Research
• Education
• Publications
• Events

Library and Archives

The Centro Library and Archives is the world’s only institution solely dedicated to collecting, preserving, and disseminating the story of the Puerto Rican diaspora. Our collections include over 40,000 photographs, original works by prominent writers and artists, papers of elected officials, early records of major community organizations, and other primary materials available nowhere else.


Our research department investigates, documents, and broadens the understanding of the Puerto Rican experience in the U.S. We heighten the impact of the data by sharing it in research-based conferences and publishing in original publications and refereed journals.


We support and expand the area of Puerto Rican Studies by offering opportunities for students, parents, and educators in the form of fellowships, internships, and education resources.

Our teaching materials include lecture notes, syllabi, bibliographies, literature reviews, curriculum guides, study notes, educational posters, traveling exhibits and videos.

Centro Publications

CENTRO Journal - the premier journal of Puerto Rican studies and the place to go for contemporary analyses of the Puerto Rican experience.

Centro Voices – our e-magazine profiles the multiple manifestations of Puerto Rican identity and culture.

Puerto Rican Voices – videos highlighting the contributions of Puerto Ricans in the U.S.

Centro Events

Centro events look into our past, portray our present and explore our future, with lectures, panel discussions, performances, art exhibits and more.


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