Monthly archives: November, 2014

Help Immigrant Families in Detention Centers Now!

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LCC staff, UIC students and allies with Jennifer Chan by “The American Dream” mural scene.

In our last public program of the semester, Zona Abierta – Suspended Lives: Immigrant Families in Detention Centers, students and visitors participated in a communal dialogue on the history, current policies, legal actions, and grassroots efforts on the pressing social issue of family detention. Jennifer Chan, Associate Director of Policy at the Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center, led the discussion where participants explored the complexities of “freedom” and overall concern with the status of how the United States handles immigration. To learn more, see Stop Detaining Families.

Want to know how you can support? Your donations can help the reuniting of families, free a detained asylum seeker, or even save the life of an individual who faces deportation to a life-threatening situation. Check out the National Immigrant Justice Center’s donation page HERE.

Experience the LCC

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We are excited to announce that the LCC is participating in The UIC Experience! This is a co-curricular opportunity that enhances students’ learning and development as tomorrow’s global leaders by reinforcing three key areas: urban exploration, intellectual inquiry, and engagement in a diverse community. Participation is also noted on students’ transcripts.

Some of the experiences students are encouraged to participate in include visiting the National Museum of Mexican Art, attending a Latino Cultural Center educational public program, and attending a Latino Cultural Center Noche de Poetas (Poetry Night) and take the mic.

See the Latino Cultural Center – UIC Experience Activities 2014-2015 [PDF]


Memory to Action

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The Latino Cultural Center has recently been featured as a member of The International Coalition of Sites of Conscience. The coalition is the only worldwide network dedicated to transforming places that preserve the past into dynamic spaces that promote civic action on today’s struggles for human rights and justice. From their founding, they have fostered a global movement around the urge to remember, resulting in extraordinary growth from nine founding sites to almost 200 Sites of Conscience working together to connect past to present and memory to action. The LCC is very proud of this recognition and membership!

Check out the featured article HERE.

Spring 2015 Course: LALS 286 – Issues in Latino Identity

Latin@s Shaping Identity, Citizenship, and What it Means to be American

LALS 286

Course Description: This course examines processes through which Latin@s shape a self-identity and develop cultural practices to rearticulate dominant definitions by mainstream institutions such as the media, schools, and government agencies. Through acts of cultural affirmation such as public art, festivals, strikes, and marches; Latin@s construct, use, negotiate, and manipulate their identity as ethnics and ethnic Americans. In this process, they are building a sense of belonging and claiming rights, challenging stereotypes, contesting the meaning of citizenship, and crafting broader visions of what being American means. The first part of this course will familiarize students with theoretical approaches, case studies, and policy issues relating to Latino group identity and citizenship. The second part will focus on a class project that students will work in groups to identify how Latin@s are exercising cultural citizenship by actively participating in environmental friendly activities that help sustain the wellbeing of their communities. Instructor: Rosa Cabrera ( Meeting Times: Tues and Thurs, 9:30 am-10:45 am in LC B2 (Latino Cultural Center Gallery)

Honoring Departed Loved Ones

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Our annual Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration was filled with art, flowers, dialogues, storytelling, and fond memories of departed loved ones. During the weeklong celebration, over 300 people from culturally diverse backgrounds shared the traditions their families practice that honor the dead. How do you and/or your family celebrate and honor departed loved ones? What kind of rituals do you do? How have these rituals changed over time? Share your story HERE.