Category: Spotlights

Claim Your Fate!

On Thursday, March 8, 2018, the LCC collaborated with the Mexican Students de Aztlán (MeSA), Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), and Union for Puerto Rican Students (UPRS) to host Noche de Poetas: Claim Your Fate!

In celebration of *Womxn’s Herstory Month, the event’s theme was “Amplifying Womxn’s Voices”, highlighting the ways that we can support each other through struggles of violence and harassment as well as how we can use our strengths to uplift womxn’s power and resilience. In addition, a new student organization was featured: HerHealth, which works towards raising awareness for women’s health globally and empowering all women.

Our featured poet was Tatiana Rodriguez, a queer, femme, Afro-Latina writer from the northwest side of Chicago, who shared both powerful poetry and goofy raps. We also had multiple performers sign up for our open mic and share their talents, either through spoken word or song. The performances were empowering and captivating. Thank you to all who participated!

Follow our featured poet, Tatiana Rodriguez on her IG @honeyshot.

*The term womxn de-centers men while including trans women and women of color.


Valentines for Democracy

Latino Cultural Center (LCC) and the UIC Heritage Student Garden Group held a creative workshop to celebrate Valentines’ Day on February 14 and to continue the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals)/TPS (Temporary Protected Status) postcard campaign. The workshop was held on the Latino Cultural Center, and students and staff were invited to write personal Valentines’ letter and letters to representatives in support of DACA/TPS. LCC also provided an opportunity for people in the workshop to register to vote in the state primaries that will determine the future of Illinois legislation.

The postcard campaign will continue until February 28, so remember to write your letters to your representative in support of DACA/ TPS.

A People’s Tour: Architecture & Activism at UIC

On February 13, the LCC partnered with Gallery 400 to take visitors on a tour of UIC’s east campus exploring the history of architecture and activism. The group started at Gallery 400 so visitors could see the exhibition about Felix Candela, an architect who taught at UIC in the mid-1970s. Traveling throughout campus, several stops highlighted stories along the way, before participants arrived at the Latino Cultural Center to warm up with hot cocoa and coffee from student organization Arquitectos. The last stop on the tour was the sculpture near the quad created in memory of Felix Candela, similar to his famous “shell” sculptures. Learn more about the tour here.


Consent and Community

Tons of talent was on stage this past Thursday, February 8th when dozens of students came together for this semester’s third Noche de Poetas. The theme of this month’s poetry night was “Consent and Community,” where Keren Díaz de León led the night as our featured poet.

Visit our featured poet’s site here

Check out a short clip of Keren’s poetry here.

Baby Jails

On Wednesday February 7, the LCC hosted UIC alumna Virginia Martinez to discuss her experiences volunteering with the CARA Pro Bono Project at a family detention center in Dilly, Texas. She told stories of mothers and children who had been through awful challenges before being detained in awful conditions, while they seek help from volunteers to navigate the confusing legal system in search of asylum. Listen to her story, recorded by CAN TV above.