Welcome to the Luis Dávila Latinx Thematic Learning Community!

 Luis Dávila

Luis Dávila, Ph.D.

Luis Dávila, was a Professor in Latin American and Latino Literature at Indiana University, Bloomington.  He was born in 1938 in San Antonio, Texas to parents native of Mexico. After graduating as the Valedictorian of his high-school class, Professor Dávila was awarded a full scholarship to St. Mary's University in San Antonio, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude in Chemistry in 1960. Professor Dávila went on to pursue a PhD in Latin American literature at Ohio State University. 

Professor Dávila joined the faculty of Indiana University in the fall of 1969, where he taught in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese until his retirement as Full Professor in 2011. At IU he was deeply involved with the Latino community for whom he advocated tirelessly and supported in every way he could. In 2008, the Latino Alumni Association awarded Luis the Distinguished Latino Faculty Award in recognition of his outstanding achievements to Indiana University and the Indiana University Latino Community for over 30 years. He also tirelessly served the university community as a whole in many ways extending far beyond his pedagogical obligations. 

Professor Dávila was considered one of the academic pioneers of Chicano and Latino Studies in the U.S. academy, founding the groundbreaking journal La RevistaChicano-Riqueña with Nick Kanellos in 1973. In 1976 he also inaugurated the interdisciplinary Chicano-Riqueño Studies Program at IU, dedicated to the study of Puerto Rican, Chicano, and other Spanish-speaking communities in the United States. Additionally, he was the faculty advisor to the journal Chiricú, one of the few US Latino journals published from start to finish by graduate students. This multilingual journal of Latina and Latino literature and literary criticism continues to be published annually.  The Chicano-Riqueño Studies Program, and the journals Chiricú and La Revista Chicano-Riqueña brought recognition to Indiana University and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Luis Dávila Latinx Thematic Learning Community  is to provide Latinx and non-Latinx students an opportunity to immerse themselves and critically examine the history, culture, politics, issues, and experiences of Latinxs.


  • Create a community in which Latinx students feel safe, supported, and cared for.
  • Provide an environment that will allow students to develop a sense of belonging on the IU campus.
  • Build a support network for students that encompass other students, staff, faculty, and community members that will help guide them through any issues or concerns.
  • Provide cultural, social, and academic programs that will encourage students to explore their identity development.
  • Encourage students to immerse themselves in scholarship that teaches about the history and experiences of Latinxs inside and outside of the U.S.
  • Create direct connections between students and the campus and community resources available for Latin@ and non-Latin@ students.


The students will participate in cultural and social programs hosted by La Casa/Latino Cultural Center. The programs will be designed to build community among the students living in the thematic community while also building a connection with La Casa and other safe spaces around the Bloomington community.


Students living in this community are strongly encouraged to take at least 2 courses taught by the Latino Studies Program. Upon being accepted into the community, students will receive a list of the courses that will be offered through the Latino Studies Program in the fall and later in the spring.

Professional Development

The Luis Dávila Latinx Thematic Community partners with the IU Latino Faculty and Staff Council (LFASC) and IU Latino Alumni Association to provide professional development and mentorship opportunities for the students who are part of the community.

How do I sign-up to live in the Luis Dávila Latinx Thematic Learning Community?

Students wishing to live in this community can apply online as part of the housing contract.


Forrest Residence Center

Any Questions? Call Or Email!!

Lillian Casillas