The Luso-American Studies Program at the Center for Portuguese Studies was founded in 2017 with the generous support of Luso-American Financial – A Fraternal Benefit Society.
The main objectives of the program are the following:
- Promote Research and encourage the study of the Portuguese-American experience;
- Collaborate with Portuguese and Portuguese-American institutions in the United States and Portugal;
- Collaborate with scholars researching Portuguese-American communities;
- Inform Portuguese Youth and Portuguese-American youth about UC Berkeley, including funding opportunities through the Pinto/Fialon Fund;
- Promote a yearly Portuguese Youth Day @ Cal;
- Support the maintenance and continuation of the Portuguese Oral History Project at the Bancroft Library;
- Support the augmentation of the Portuguese-American collection at the UCB Library system;
- Create awareness among Portuguese and Portuguese-American Students at UCB and encourage them to take advantage of the different opportunities available under the Pinto/Fialon Fund;
- Sponsor a Luso-American Education Foundation Conference on Education at least once every four years;
- Establish a Portuguese/Portuguese-American Student Group at UCB.