The Latin American Graduate Organization of Students (LAGOS) was formed in 2015 when a PhD Student in the School of Social Work, Daniel Jacobson Lopez, realized there was no student organization centering Latinx/Hispanic culture for graduate and professional students.
Danny was the first Latino to receive a PhD from Pitt’s School of Social Work and is currently a Postgraduate Associate in Pitt’s Graduate School of Public Health.
Recruitment occurred through connections to Latinx student networks that existed through the University’s Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS), Emerging Latinx Scholar Reading Groups through the School of Public Health, and personal contacts. Still in its early years, LAGOS was able to partner with other organizations on campus to provide Latinx cultural events and experiences, advocacy for Latinx graduate students, and continuous growth. In January of 2020 the expanding impact of LAGOS was recognized by the Student Organization Resource Center (SORC) as the University-wide “January Organization of the Month.”