Monthly archives: October, 2014

LALS Celebrates its 40th Anniversary!


On October 29th, the UIC campus along with community members celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Latin American and Latino Studies Program – “From  Vision to Legacy” at the National Museum of Mexican Art. The evening’s program featured several distinguished speakers that gave a historical overview of the development of the LALS program across  four decades. The keynote speech was given by professor emeritus, Mary Kay Vaughan, one of the early LALS professors of the program who highlighted the contributions of late professor, Rafael Cintrón Ortiz.

For more info, check out the official video:

Year at a Glance

Check out the 2013-2014 Year at a Glance [PDF]

Cover of Annual Report 2013-2014

Deporter-In-Chief Exhibit

Gaby Benitez

UIC LALS grad student Gabriela Benitez, along with other organizers from the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR), shared personal stories about their experiences with deportation. This was part of ICIRR’s program held at the LCC that  featured their exhibit-in-progress titled Deporter-In-Chief which examines President Obama’s record-breaking two million deportations and underscores the urgent need for executive action to stop deportations.

Art and pieces from past civil disobedience actions were displayed as part of the nearly-finished exhibit.


Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is dedicated as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. UIC’s Campus Advocacy Network (CAN) is hosting a series of events on campus to raise awareness about the realities of domestic violence and the impact it has on our communities. One of these events was our latest Noche de Poetas: Love Shouldn’t Hurt.

Spotlight Image for Domestic Violence Awareness Month

With such a great turnout and overwhelming support for this issue, the LCC wants to invite you to put your support into action! The LCC will be collecting donations for the women and children at Connections for Abused Women and their Children (CAWC) and the Green House Shelter. Bring items to our drop off box located in the Latino Cultural Center Administrative Office (lower level of LCB-2).

See CAWC’s Wishlist!

LARES awarded 2014 Example of Excelencia Award


After a 2.7 percent point growth in Hispanic/Latino undergraduate enrollment over the last year, the UIC Latin American Recruitment and Educational Services program was recognized as the 2014 Example of Excelencia recipient through the nonprofit Excelencia in Education organization. Their mission is to accelerate Latino student success in higher education. “We are proud that our work on behalf of the students and the community we serve has gained distinction from national organizations,” said Hugo Teruel, director of LARES. “The recognition is vindication that we have a good program and provide innovative academic advising.” Read more…