Programs

The Latino Cultural Center (LCC) advances its mission through programs and initiatives that feature cultural and artistic expressions, intercultural and civic dialogues, scholarly presentations, and first-voice stories. Our programs and initiatives draw on cultural heritage to address contemporary issues, connect cultural and environmental sustainability, and build partnerships across diverse students and communities for positive social change. See our Upcoming Events!

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Zona Abierta (Open Zone) highlights the intersection of arts, humanities, science, culture and civic life with presentations by local, national and international artists, scholars and community leaders about pressing social issues affecting the lives of Latinos and Latin Americans while making connections to other communities.

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Civic Cinema shows documentary films to engage different voices on campus and neighboring communities in dialogue about pressing social issues. Documentaries are identified to link to academic research on campus and community concerns and leaders that are addressing these issues. A dialogue facilitated by these scholars and community experts follows each documentary film.

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Noche de Poetas brings together students and community members from diverse backgrounds to share and compare their life experiences through their own poetic words. Each event is organized around a theme and features a poet from a local community. This program is in partnership with four student organizations: Mexican Students de Aztlán (MeSA), Students for the Advancement of Freedom, Equality and Human Rights (SAFEHR), Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), and Union for Puerto Rican Students (UPRS).

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Telling Our Stories collects “first voice” stories about universal concerns that Latinos and people around the world share. From personal stories we can help understand each other, learn about creative solutions to solve common problems, and connect our aspirations and actions for a sustainable world. Stories about specific concerns are being collected through our website and public programs using the following themes: Honoring the Dead, Love and Peace, Passing Down Family Recipes, and Migration & Transformation. 

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Special Events welcomes a wide arrange of events in collaboration with affiliated student organizations, faculty/staff, and our community partners. Such events include our annual UIC Chicago Latino Film Festival every spring semester in partnership with the International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago.

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Artist in Residence invites artists (sometimes from abroad) to engage UIC students and local communities to provide a transformative learning experience on contemporary issues through various forms of art.  This initiative allows us to help students, faculty/staff, community members and local communities deepen their understanding of Latino cultures, issues, and assets.