Teresa Córdova, director of GCI is quoted in a Diverse: Issues in Higher Education story about the development of the Inter-University Program for Latino Research, which now housed at UIC and directed by Maria de los Angeles Torres.
In 1983, Latinos made up less than 2 percent of faculty members and less than 5 percent of college students. Public funding for Latino research was paltry, and for research purposes many policymakers often arbitrarily lumped Latinos with other minorities.
Despite their evidently soaring numbers, Latinos were, in effect, invisible in the academy.
It was against this backdrop that directors of four Latino research centers—the University of Texas at Austin, UCLA, Stanford and Hunter College—met to come up with plans to boost Latino-focused research and increase the pool of Latino researchers and faculty.
One outcome of their meeting was the creation of the Inter-University Program for Latino Research (IUPLR).