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Black and Latinx Studies

Located in Retama Hall, this LLC is open to any first-year student. If you already have a room/hall assignment for 2021-2022, we can easily change it to Retama Hall so that you can be part of the LLC.

The Black & Latinx Studies LLC is a space for students to:

  • engage in learning both inside and outside of the classroom;
  • develop a shared purpose of academic success;
  • begin a journey of life-long learning;
  • enact positive change through exploration and celebration of cultural heritage;
  • and commune with one another.


Dr. Dwonna Goldstone and Dr. Gloria Martinez-Ramos are the faculty advisors for the living-learning community.

Dr. Goldstone
Dwonna Goldstone

Dr. Goldstone is an Associate Professor of History and the Director of African American Studies. Originally from Moline, Illinois (home of the John Deere Tractor), Dr. Goldstone holds a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies from the University of Iowa, a Master of Arts in Teaching from Brown University, and a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. Before becoming a college professor, Dr. Goldstone taught high school English, coached 9th-grade girls' basketball, and boys' and girls' high school track. In her spare time Dr. Goldstone trains for half marathons, does CrossFit, and spends lots of time walking her four dogs—Lena Horne, Ernie Banks, Hank Aaron, and Ralph Ellison. She also loves to watch Judge Judy!

Office: TMH 207
Phone: (512) 245-2192

Dr. Martinez-Ramos
Gloria Martinez-Ramos

Dr. Martinez-Ramos is the Director of the Center for Diversity and Gender Studies, the Director of the Latina/o Studies minor, and a tenured Professor of Sociology. The first in her family to attend college, Dr. Martinez-Ramos earned her Bachelor of Arts in Child Development at San José State University and she holds a Master of Arts in Sociology and a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She has twice been named “Favorite Professor” by the Texas State Chapter of the Alpha Chi National Honor Society!


Office: UAC 478
Phone: (512) 245-2740



Connections (Optional)

(These are the classes students in the LLC can enroll in together.)

Fall Semester

Strongly Encouraged

US 1100: University Seminar


AAS 2310: Introduction to African American Studies

Spring Semester


LATS 2300: Introduction to Latina/o Studies

HIST 2381: African American History to 1877, OR

HIST 2382: African American History from 1877, OR

HIST 2327: History of Mexican America to 1865, OR

HIST 2328: History of Mexican America from 1848

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