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Special Programs


BUSCA (Bilingual Undergraduate Studies for Collegiate Advancement) provides a pathway to higher education for Spanish-speaking students. An associate’s degree program, BUSCA provides an intensive course in English that prepares students for college-level study. In its 20 years of existence, 300 students have earned their associate’s degrees, nearly a third have continued their studies at La Salle to earn their bachelor’s degree, and 10 have earned their master’s degree in bilingual/bicultural studies at La Salle. More »

Joanne Woods, Director


The Hispanic Institute

As the nation’s Hispanic population grows, so does the need for professionals to work in an increasingly multicultural community. Founded in 2005, the Hispanic Institute houses six master’s degree and certificate programs designed to equip students with the bilingual and bicultural skills needed to work in business, health-care, legal, and educational settings. More »

Carmen Lamas, Ph.D., Director


Greater Philadelphia Initiative

La Salle’s Philadelphia roots run deep—all the way back to 1863—and the University and the city are still strongly connected. The Greater Philadelphia Initiative encourages students and faculty to take advantage of all of the city’s rich educational, cultural, and historical resources and also engage in the life of the city by becoming more aware of the diversity and the needs in an urban environment.

Heather McGee, Ph.D., Director


Explorer Connection

The Explorer Connection provides a forum for meaningful, insightful discussion by hosting weekly Explorer Cafés on a range of topics, from technology and business, to politics and social justice, to the environment, business, health care, religion, and culture. The Explorer Café and other events sponsored by the Explorer Connection foster a lively, intellectually stimulating atmosphere on campus and help students find the connections between their coursework and the issues facing our society and our world today.

Tara Carr-Lemke, MA, Director


Diplomat in Residence Program

Several times each semester, the Diplomat in Residence Program welcomes scholars, diplomats, artists, writers, and experts in international affairs to campus. These special guests deliver lectures, participate in panel discussions, and offer cultural demonstrations that engage the campus community in dialogue on timely topics with a global perspective.

Cornelia Tsakiridou, Ph.D., Director