In 1998, CUNY DSI received recognition as a bona fide Latino research center, earning membership in the Inter-University Program for Latino Research (IUPLR), a national consortium of university-based centers dedicated to the advancement of the Latino intellectual presence in the United States. IUPLR works to expand the pool of Latino scholars and leaders and increase the availability of policy-relevant Latino-focused research. IUPLR headquarters, located at the University of Notre Dame, and the IUPLR Washington DC Office, located at the University of California Washington Center, work to strengthen the network of centers and to enhance their institutional capacity.

Within IUPLR, the Dominican Studies Institute leads the "Reflecting on the Spanish Caribbean Working Group," a group of academics focused on the study of Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic. The Working Group is pursuing the establishment of the Spanish Caribbean as an area of graduate studies in academia in the United States.

For more information, visit IUPLR's website.