Loyola University Maryland

Latin American and Latino Studies


The interdisciplinary minor in Latin American and Latino studies is built on an historical, cultural, literary, sociological and political understanding of the Spanish, Portuguese and French-speaking regions of the Americas. Students will come to appreciate the diversity of Latin American and U.S. Latino experiences by studying Latin Americans from all countries, including the United States.

Afro-Latinidad in Brazil: An Artist talk with Nia Hampton, April 1

By Emmanuel Daramola

Nia Hampton is a native of West Baltimore who happens to be an artist, educator, and a journalist, who spent some time in Brazil teaching English to children. During her time in Brazil, Hampton was able to combine and use her interest in artistry in the form of photography, education, and journalism as a way to unveil the numerous injustices and inequalities that people of African descent in Brazil are constantly facing, to the outside world. She does this by drawing on parallels between the people of Baltimore and Salvador, the third largest city in Brazil that has the second highest concentration of Afro-descendants in the world.

Hampton begins her presentation with the picture of a city in which she discloses that those of whiter complexion tend to live in upscale apartments, and those of darker complexion lived in low-end apartments. Already we could see that there is a vast socioeconomic divide that has resulted to some sort of segregation. Hampton delves deeper into the issues faced by people of African descent (Afro-Latinidad), especially in the city of Salvador, by bringing to light that, even though the city is mostly black, the people face police brutality. The white minority controls power and resources and stifles African religion/influences. It’s clear that Brazil is a product of the same system that United States was built on. Being a Baltimore native, Hampton could easily see the parallels between Salvador and Baltimore and so could the people of Salvador. They were able to relate to the Baltimore Uprising and other tragic events that occurred during that time period in the U.S and were able to stand in solidarity with their fellow African descendants, here in the U.S.

Overall, through her photography, film work and writing, Hampton effectively captured the day-to-day lives of the people of Brazil that the outside world does not know. Bringing to light and creating a platform for those who are the majority but are treated like the minority. 

For more information, see Ms. Hampton's website.


Students from Portuguese 204 (Portuguese for Speakers of Spanish) pose with their professor Glaydson Vieira for a group picture on Brazilian Snack Day April 2018.


Students trying out Artesanos Don Bosco Furniture at the Loyola Notre Dame Library


Trying out Artesanos Don Bosco furniture at exhibition organized by students from

ML392D Introduction to Latin American Studies 

at the Loyola Notre Dame Library November 12, 2018.


Regina McCoy

Sophomore Regina McCoy explains the Don Bosco mission to students in the Loyola NotreDame Library.

Artesanos Don Bosco furniture is built by artisans in Chacas, a town in the high Andes and is transported to a gallery in Federal Hill, Baltimore, where it is sold and earnings are returned to the artisans, thereby eliminating the need for them to migrate to Lima or other location. They can then remain in Chacas and maintain links to their ayllu, or community.