Monthly archives: February, 2015

A hub for social change

Spotlight for Week 7 - Spring 2015

“Snow can’t stop us, we deserve a student rep!” This was the cry of students battling a blizzard and chilling temperatures in order to make their voices and demands heard. On Thursday morning, February 26th, students from the student organization Fearless Undocumented Alliance (FUA) and supporters took to the Quad of the UIC East Campus. FUA and their allies held a press conference to discuss issues regarding the undocumented student body of the U of I system. Recently, Mateo Uribe, student leader and a member of several student organizations including FUA, applied to run for the Student Trustee position and was denied for reasons that were not clear at the time of the application being submitted.

To read more about this press conference, check out the Chicago Suntimes article “A true UIC class leader in every way but one.

Also, learn more about the University of Illinois Trustee Act!

Latino Studies students share family objects and stories


On February 5th, UIC students from a Latin American and Latino Studies class gathered at the Latino Cultural Center for an immigration story circle dialogue. Each student brought an object and a story to share. One student pulled out a chanclas keychain from her grandfather and shared his story about immigration. Many other students shared their incredible stories about their families and immigration, and the struggles that many of them faced and how those experiences shaped their lives. This story circle was part of the developing process of an exhibit opening in May 2015 at Casa Michoacán in Pilsen called Chicago’s Families.

To see more, check out the Chicago Cultural Alliance article.


¡Hasta Pronto, Farewell Yehimy!

Spotlight Image for Yehimy Montes

On February 6th, the LCC staff hosted a small gathering to recognize Yehimy Montes for her community work and commitment to our center and its students. Yehimy started as a student intern and was later hired as a Program Coordinator; specializing in the Civic Cinema public program series. Yehimy’s passion for social justice, human rights, environmental sustainability and cultural understanding reflected highly in her work, and we are honored to say that she has become a valuable warrior and ally of the LCC.

We are grateful to have worked with Yehimy, and we are confident that her drive and commitment will take her to great things in the future. Her positive energy will be missed, but we hope that she visits us soon with her beautiful son Pablito.

Love and best wishes from the LCC family!