Remembering the past, reflecting on the present, envisioning the future

There is a saying in Spanish, “con el corazón en mano” (with the heart in hand), which implies that someone is coming to you or welcoming you with honest and peaceful intentions. The Rafael Cintrón Ortiz Latino Cultural Center at UIC does just that for Latinos and anyone who wishes to expand their knowledge about the cultural heritage of Latino communities and promote the value of cultural diversity.



Transforming Waste Material into Art!

Photo Image of an osprey bird sculpture by local artist "Piloto"
This summer, the UIC Heritage Garden interns with local artist Alfonso “Piloto” Nieves Ruiz created  bird sculptures out of waste plastic materials and tree branches for a “Birds of Migration” exhibit displayed in the garden satellites. The project continues to highlight the parallels between the migration of people, birds, and Monarch butterflies across national borders. You can check out the exhibit in the six satellite gardens around the East Campus at UIC!


What grows in UIC’s Heritage Garden?

The UIC Heritage Garden is a hands-on learning project where students work with faculty, staff and community members to connect horticulture with sustainability, diversity and social justice.

Check out the UIC news article here!



Welcome Summer 2014 Interns!

We are happy to welcome the new Summer 2014 Interns to the UIC Heritage Garden Program!

Photo Image for Summer 2014 Interns

Meet the new interns!



Dream Nine: Lulú in Detention

Maria Hinojosa interviews Lulú Martínez, one of the Dream Nine undocumented activists voluntarily detained after re-entering the US from Mexico in 2013. The young Chicana activist talks about her two weeks in a detention center, her activism and the meaning of citizenship.



Dad to Daughter

StoryCorps Chicago: Immigrant father describes migrating from Guatemala to the United States.