Category: UIC Community

LCC Fall 2017 Open House

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Welcome back UIC!

On August 30th, the UIC’s Rafael Cintrón Ortiz Latino Cultural Center and Heritage Garden held an open house to kick-off the fall semester. With over 100 visitors from within and around the UIC community, visitors were able to view the mural, search through the center’s archives, learn about past programs, and even explore the Heritage Garden seed collection. Through these materials, visitors were able to learn more about the organization and center’s missions, initiatives, history, and student resources available. To learn about how to get involved with the center, click here!


Heritage Garden Alumna Lucia Whalen Honors College Commencement Speech

During the Honors College December 2016 Graduation, Heritage Garden alumna Lucia Whalen highlights how the LCC and the Heritage Garden shaped her experience at UIC. Check out the video below:

December Graduation, 2016


Congratulations graduates of 2017!

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LCC student educator James Esparza gives a thumbs-up at his commencement ceremony

As the 2016/2017 school year comes to a close, the UIC Latino Cultural Center would like to congratulate all the students who have completed their studies, and look forward to exciting new adventures to come. From our LCC student workers (Sarita, Jocelyn, James, Alonzo) to the many students we collaborate with and engage with across campus, we appreciate the contributions you’ve made to this community, and can’t wait to see all the great things you’ll do from here. Come back to visit us!

Watch the graduation ceremonies here


Celebrating the Puerto Rican Community

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This year on April 10-14, 2017, the Union for Puerto Rican Students held their 23rd Annual Pa’Lante Conference, centered around the theme of “Celebrating Chicago’s Puerto Rican Community and Scholarship”. As one of the week’s events, the LCC hosted a discussion about Puerto Rican Nationalism, which was led by Professor Jose Lopez and Dr. Margaret Powers. Dr. Powers went into depth about Oscar Lopez’s activism, the importance of cultural centers as gathering spaces and women’s role in leading movements. During the presentations, she discussed Lolita Lebron’s role in the Puerto Rican nationalism, even after she was incarcerated. We strongly encourage anyone that is interested in the history of Puerto Rico’s nationalist movements to come by the Latino Cultural Center to see symbols in the mural, explore the LCC archives, or contact the Union for Puerto Rican Students for more information.


MeSA’s Escucha Mi Grito Conference 2017

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In an annual tradition, UIC student organization Mexican Students de Aztlan (MeSA) hosted a conference titled “Escucha Mi Grito” on Friday, March 17th. The closing of this year’s conference was a reception held at the Latino Cultural center that included visits from alumna of the organization, and concluded with a performance by a Mexican folk dancing ensemble.