Maria de los Angeles Torres, director and professor of Latin American and Latino studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the consortium's first female executive director, says the relocation is good for IUPLR and for UIC.
In its early days, research working groups that focused on an array of subjects were a hallmark of IUPLR's work.
Torres says that as IUPLR enters a new phase, she would like to see it remain strong in the area of arts and culture.
Diaz says one of the big challenges facing IUPLR in the coming years is taking full measure of the broad diversity of the Latino community, which continues to grow and is attracting more newcomers from El Salvador, Guatemala and the Dominican Republic.
"There are these departments operating at colleges that I don't think are on the radar screens of IUPLR" he says.
Diaz says he'd also like to see IUPLR pay some attention to the increasing dispersal of the Latino community, which has historically had its strongest presence in the Southwest, Florida, the West Coast and portions of the Northeast.