Monthly archives: December, 2014

Civic Engagement Days at UIC

Spotlight Image for ABCD with CPS Youth
The UIC Institute for Policy and Civic Engagement (IPCE)—in partnership with the Latino Cultural Center (LCC)—hosted over 100 Chicago Public High School (CPS) students from the Global Citizenship Initiative schools: Alcott, Washington, Richards, and Chicago Virtual to help them understand how they can make a difference through policy change and social movements. At the LCC, students participated in an Arts-Based Civic Dialogue by using the LCC mural—El Despertar de las Americas (The Awakening of the Americas)—as a tool for civic engagement to explore collective creative solutions for common challenges. CPS youth identified and interpreted social issues represented in the art, connected their own personal stories, and worked together to harness their community knowledge and assets to build coalitions for positive social change. For more information, check out our Mural Dialogues & Tours!

How Chocolate Unites Communities

Rosa Cabrera, Director of the Latino Cultural Center (LCC) at UIC, shares a story with WBEZ’s Worldview about her first encounter with chocolate, the role of the LCC on campus and how it is using cacao to explore the relationship between culture, memory, food and identity from Mesoamerican times to the presentthrough a series of educational public programs called “Chocolate: Drink of Gods, Food of Mortals.”

Don’t miss the next event Chocolate in Pilsen: Cuisine and Heritage—in partnership with the UIC Department of Anthropology and the National Museum of Mexican Art—for a lively cooking demonstration that highlights the use of chocolate in traditional Mexican cuisine.

We did it!!

The Latino Cultural Center is proud to announce its recent social media win. Our Facebook Page has now over 2,000 LIKES! Thanks to everyone that took the time to share our page on Facebook, and special thanks to our student workers Natalie Cruz and Alonzo Zamarrón for the fabulous shout-out! We are ecstatic and excited about this stepping stone as we hope to take this opportunity to connect to more UIC students and surrounding communities online. We think social media can be a powerful tool to inform others and  it’s important to highlight these efforts and turn those likes into action. The LCC hopes to inspire more people to join us, explore, and see how our interests can come together to create change.

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