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Latinx Cultural Center

Purpose/goals of center

The Latinx Cultural Center provides a venue for all students to learn about Latinx culture, heritage and traditions. The approach to the functions of the LCC acknowledges and affirms the importance of intersectional and holistic student development while providing and nurturing a sense of community.

Through its programs, activities and collaborations, the Latinx Cultural Center (LCC) aspires:

  • To foster a sense of belonging and community among Latinx students on campus.
  • To promote interpersonal inclusion, cultural exploration, heritage, and traditions.
  • To encourage intersectional and intercultural dialogue.
  • To support Latinx student organizations leadership, unity, and collaboration.
  • To promote academic achievement of Latinx students by sharing and serving as a hub to various campus resources.
  • To uphold, celebrate, and advocate for marginalized identities and communities.

Signature programs and events

The Latinx Cultural Center actively collaborates with university partners such as Latinx Student Organizations, Latinamerican and Latino Studies (LALS), Center for Latino Research (CLR), Mission and Ministry, University Counseling Services (UCS), Translator and Interpreter Corps (TIC), TRIO & McNair, Latinos Empowered At DePaul (LEAD), Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity (OIDE), Coleman Entrepreneurship Center, and the Steans Center. The center also offers additional programs and resources in collaboration with community and nonprofit organizations.

Precarious Lives: Anti-Latinx Racism, Immigration, and Detention Centers Speaker Series

In collaboration with: The Center for Latino Research (CLR)

This speaker series features authors, journalists, and filmmakers in discussion about anti-racism, immigration, and the current situation on family separation and detention centers. ​

Latinx Cultural Center Welcome

In collaboration with: Latin American and Latino Studies (LALS)

This event welcomes all students and provides an opportunity to meet and greet Latinx professors, staff, graduates, and new students. ​

Dolores Huerta Prayer Breakfast

In collaboration with: The Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity (OIDE)

This annual gathering of the DePaul community honors the life and legacy of activist Dolores Huerta and celebrates the culture and heritage of Latinx communities. This year’s celebration will take place on October 11 from 9:30 to 12:00 in the Lincoln Park Student Center 120. ​

Latinx Heritage Month celebrations

A collective calendar of events is featured every year in celebration of Latinx Heritage Month (October). Latinx Student Organizations, University Partners and the Latinx Cultural Center come together to offer events in honor of Latinx Heritage. ​

Latinx Fiesta

It offers a space for celebration and unity among the Latinx community at DePaul. Families, friends, and allies gather in community and cheer culture, language, food, and the Latinx identities. ​

Ofrenda Unida: Day of the Dead celebrations

In collaboration with: Tepeyac and Mission and Ministry

This event features the creation of Ofrendas honoring our ancestors and communities. Altars are constructed and displayed in various spaces throughout the university, their purpose is to invite all to join us in celebration of our traditions. ​

Latinx Graduation

In collaboration with: The Center for Latino Research

If you are a senior graduation with the Class of 2020 save the date of Latinx Graduation and stay tuned for updates. Latinx Graduation will be celebrated on May 17, 2020 at the Sullivan Athletic Center. ​

Peace Circles Based on Restorative Justice Training

In collaboration with: The Women’s Center

During this training participants develop skills to keep circles within communities at DePaul and beyond. Circle processes can be used for creating support, building relationships and community, celebrating accomplishments, grieving losses, and processing conflict. The training also provides the opportunity to meet and build relationships with other students who are also learning about and/or keeping circles. ​

SOMOS: Latinx Art Festival

In collaboration with: Tepeyac

SOMOS offers DePaul Latinx-identifying students a platform to showcase various forms of art through artist discussions, performances and workshops in a week long Latinx Celebration of Art during the last week of April each year. ​

Illinois Latino Council on Higher Education (ILACHE) Conference

This conference creates awareness on issues impacting Latinos in higher education. ILACHE is a statewide organization dedicated to the advancement of the status of Latinos through educational policy reform, advocacy, identification of best practices and the dissemination of research and information.

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The United States Hispanic Leadership Institute (USHLI) Conference

USHLI promotes education, research and leadership development, and empowers Latinos and similarly disenfranchised groups by maximizing their civic awareness, engagement and participation.

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