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Latina/o/x Church Studies Program

The Latina/o Church Studies Program

The Latina/o Church Studies Program is dedicated to the study of the religious and theological experiences of Latino/as communities in the U.S. The Program prepares all students who are interested in learning more about Latina/os for future service to the religious Latino/a community. Latina/o Church Studies is an interdisciplinary theological program examining a variety of topics, which include, but are not limited to: the varied histories of Latino/as, the racialization and ethnicization of Latina/os, and the formation and relations of gender, sexuality, and sexual orientation of Latina/o/x persons.

Hispanic Summer Program: An Ecumenical Program in Theology and Religion

Brite Divinity School is a sponsoring institution of the Hispanic Summer Program (HSP). The HSP seeks to train leaders in the Latino/a tradition by providing summer courses that Brite students can take for academic credit. The program is designed primarily for Latina/o/x students, and they have also welcomed about 10% of non-Latina/o students nationwide who are involved in Latino-centered ministries and advocacy. The HSP provides the opportunity for students to study with Latina/o peers and professors. Each summer, the HSP brings together nearly 70 participants from the U.S. and Puerto Rico, representing a wide variety of traditions, denominations, and theological perspectives. The HSP also provides a limited number of slots for Latina/o pastors seeking continuing theological education. For more information see:

Hispanic Theological Initiative Consortium:

Brite Divinity School is a member of the Hispanic Theological Initiative Consortium (HTIC), a consortium comprised of Ph.D.-granting institutions seeking to support and advance the work of Latina and Latino scholars in order to address the need for more representation of Latin/o students and faculty in graduate theological education. Brite Divinity School supports the mentoring and networking costs for HTIC scholars. Additionally, Brite Divinity School recognizes that pooling resources and building communities are essential elements for securing a stronger and more diverse scholarly theological body. For more information see: