U of L is home to several groundbreaking academic programs designed to promote an understanding of various underrepresented groups.
The African American Theater Program stages works by new and established African American dramatists, while the curriculum focuses on acting, directing and designing for black theater.
Established in 2000, the Latin American & Latino Studies Program promotes an interdisciplinary understanding of the complex issues and realities of the diverse peoples and cultures of Latin America and the United States, and enhances our students' abilities to participate in the global community.
The national recognized Malcom X Debate Program's team members use their debate skills to draw attention to serious social issues such as health care and housing.
Consistently ranked nationally as one of the top programs in its discipline, our Pan African Studies Department is just one of over 20 such programs nationwide. PAS fosters the multidisciplinary study of the societies and cultures of African and persons of African ancestry around the world.
The Women's and Gender Studies program offers the state's only graduate degree in this field. Local activist Carla Wallace recently gave $1 million to U of L for the Audre Lorde Endowed Chair in Race, Class, Gender and Sexuality based jointly in the women's and PAS departments.