Spotlights

Historias Monarca Zine Release

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On Friday May 12, 2017, the Yollocalli arts program hosted their Spring 2017 Exhibition. Yollocalli is a youth initiative of the National Museum of Mexican Art that offers free arts and cultural programming to young adults and teens, based in Little Village. The Exhibit consisted of a video made by the program’s youth, showcasing their photography and broadcasting skills, with the help of Youth Pop-Up Radio. The UIC Latino Cultural Center’s Historias Monarca project was also featured at the Exhibition, hosting a seed-bomb making workshop to celebrate the release of their Historias Monarca Zine, created in collaboration with Yollocalli artists.


On The Table 2017: Transwomen of Color and Racial Justice

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On May 17th, the Latino Cultural Center took part in a dialogue initiated by the Centers for Cultural Understanding and Social Change, organized by the Women’s Leadership and Resource Center, as part of the On The Table community engagement series organized by The Chicago Community Trust. Hosted by the African-American Cultural Center and facilitated by members of the Chicago Black Trans and Gender Non Conforming Collective, this dialogue addressed the issues of racial justice while focusing on transwomen of color. Concluding the dialogue, participants converged to share steps towards action in resisting transphobia and racism.


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


Honoring Berta Cáceres’ Legacy

On Thursday, April 27th, the LCCin partnership with LALShonored the memory of Berta Cáceres with a theatrical performance led by two Honduran activists: Melissa Cardoza, author of 13 Colors of the Honduran Resistance, and singer Karla Lara; featured in one of the book’s stories. To learn more,  please read the following reflections / call to action by Matt Ginsberg-Jaeckle on the year anniversary of Berta’s assassination:

Special thanks to the Chicago Access Network Television (CAN TV) network for covering this Zona Abierta public program.


From Flint: Voices of a Poisoned City

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On Wednesday, April 19th, the LCC hosted a screening of the documentary “From Flint: Voices of a Poisoned City” as part of our Earth Week celebration. The documentary contained interviews with residents of Flint, Michigan, detailing their experiences with the Flint water contamination crisis. Attendees watched as Flint residents struggled to provide clean water for themselves and their families while courageously uniting to stand up for their community and demand accountability from government officials. The film was followed by a discussion facilitated by UIC professor Rachel Havrelock, in which we discussed the various causes of the Flint water contamination and possible solutions.

To learn more about water issues in the midwest, check out the Untroubling the Waters conference this May at UIC