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.



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 our new Summer 2014 Interns to the UIC Heritage Garden Program!

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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.



Fashion Revolution Victory at UIC!

After over 7+ months of organizing, the UIC Students Against Sweatshops – Local 15 have finally managed to get the university to cut its apparel contracts with JanSport / VF Corporation and a dozen other companies over their refusal to sign the Accord on Fire/Building Safety in Bangladesh.

Listen to UIC student Martín Macías and other community activists to learn how you can support campaigns for better working conditions. Vote with the power of your dollar and support sweat-free companies like Alta Gracia!