Latino Cultural Center, University of Illinois at Chicago




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.

LCC 2012-2013 Annual Report


ABCD Guide


UIC Heritage Garden






Zona Abierta

Lulú Martinez is a 2013 “Chicagoan of the Year,” an immigration reform activist, one of the Dream 9, and a student at UIC. Maria Hinojosa and Lulú had an in-depth conversation about citizenship, belonging, courage, activism, and leadership. 

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For the first time at UIC, undocumented students came out of the shadows demanding that the university create financial and academic resources currently not available. Several students, student org members, and faculty all joined at the event to show support and push for action. Check out the UIC news article here!




National Coming Out of the Shadows

On March 30th, UIC students & staff joined community organizers at the National Coming Out of the Shadows event at Besenville, DuPage County, IL. Many gathered to support individuals in deportation proceedings and affected family members. Experiences were shared while also demanding an end to family separation and unjust immigration policies. #Not1more



If you missed the event, you can see the video here: NCOS 2014 - DuPage



Migration & Transformation Postcard Campaign is a project of the Centers for Cultural Understanding and Social Change that highlights the different migration experiences of people living in the U.S. and how this shapes their identities and sense of belonging in our society. Tell us your story or pick up a postcard at the LCC and share in the Story Box!


Read Christian's story here.


Mural Tours at the LCC Since the Summer of 2013, the LCC has had several high school students and parent groups from CPS participate in our mural tours "El Despertar de las Americas" (The Awakening of the Americas) and engage in dialogue about pressing social and environmental issues affecting our communities.

To request a Mural Tour for the Spring of 2014 please contact Mario Lucero, Assistant Program Director, at



April 28, 2014

Breaking the Soil

 Join the UIC Heritage Garden Student Group in breaking the soil and cleaning the garden satellite sites for the upcoming harvest!

April 30, 2014

The Making of a Vejigante

Join us for an interactive demonstration with mask maker Kenneth Meléndez.

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