Monthly archives: February, 2017

Black Snake Warriors

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On Wednesday, February 22nd, Tim Arroyo, who documented the continuing struggle of the Water Protectors in North Dakota, joined us at the Latino Cultural Center to talk about his experience on the front lines. Arroyo was called on by a friend who wanted him to document the stories of the people through his eyes. This was due to the lack of coverage the protests were receiving from mainstream media. During the presentation, Arroyo used visuals to talk about some of the events leading up to important incidents. The artist wove a tale through storytelling and imagery that provided a better understanding for attendees about the complex stories of Standing Rock, and the struggle against the Dakota Access Pipeline.

In a sad twist of fate, the final camp was evicted from the Standing Rock area the same day as Arroyo’s presentation. However, the struggle has brought national consciousness to pipeline infrastructure in the United States, and the potential dangers to our natural and cultural fabric.

To support the water protectors continued struggle, check out their website where you can consider divesting from the banks behind DAPL or support direct legal fees. To find more of Arroyo’s work, check out his website here or the Black Snake Warriors photos can be seen here.

Know Your Rights 1

On February 21, 2017, the Centers for Cultural Understanding and Social Change hosted their first of two moderated Know Your Rights Workshops, where more than 100 students, staff and faculty came to learn about ways to protect themselves and their communities. The three speakers discussed the laws and policies revolving around freedom of speech, the current immigration travel ban, and the necessary procedures if you are ever stopped by ICE or the Department of Homeland Security.  There will be a second Know Your Rights workshop during March, which will continue to address the necessary information about their rights due to the current political climate, including and beyond the legal framework.

Valentines for Democracy

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In the continuing spirit of Valentine’s Day, the Latino Cultural Center hosted a Telling our Stories workshop on February 15th. This workshop welcomed members of UIC’s community to get creative and express themselves through the use of Valentines. Rather than writing traditional Valentines, guests were invited to write to members of their government addressing their opinions, concerns, and sharing ideas for action.

  • To learn more about how you can gear creativity towards activism, visit our website! Our new Artivism project invites people from the UIC community to create art around engaging themes, and take action today!

Keep it 100

RMI Trap Yoga

Yoga was reimagined on campus as Centers for Cultural Understanding and Social Change (CCUSC)’s Reimagining Masculinities Initiative (RMI) hosted “Trap Yoga”. A yoga session, instructed by Mila Kellen “Kels” Marshall, designed to blended yoga with the uses of soundscape as a tool for a deeper practice, which offered participants an opportunity to relax and connect with their core beliefs.

If you were unable to attend our event, please check out 312 Blackout Trap Yoga Tuesday Feb, 21 from 6:00pm to 8:30pm at the Sacred Keepers Sustainability Lab.

Upcoming RMI dialogues are on Tuesdays at 3pm – Save the Dates! #BowTieTuesdays

  • March 14
  • April 11

Self Care & Love

On Thursday February 19, The Latino Cultural Center held their first Noche de Poetas of the Spring 2017 semester. Our featured poet was Keren Diaz de Leon, a Queer Xicana poet from Chicago’s Southside.  Those attending were asked to explore ways in which they practice or can begin to practice Self Care & Love. Throughout the program one was able to see that self care & love can mean different things to different people. Some may see this time as alone time and other may see it as time to spend with others who help them de-stress.

To learn more about our featured poet Keren you can visit