Monthly archives: February, 2018

Valentines for Democracy

Latino Cultural Center (LCC) and the UIC Heritage Student Garden Group held a creative workshop to celebrate Valentines’ Day on February 14 and to continue the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals)/TPS (Temporary Protected Status) postcard campaign. The workshop was held on the Latino Cultural Center, and students and staff were invited to write personal Valentines’ letter and letters to representatives in support of DACA/TPS. LCC also provided an opportunity for people in the workshop to register to vote in the state primaries that will determine the future of Illinois legislation.

The postcard campaign will continue until February 28, so remember to write your letters to your representative in support of DACA/ TPS.

Consent and Community

Tons of talent was on stage this past Thursday, February 8th when dozens of students came together for this semester’s third Noche de Poetas. The theme of this month’s poetry night was “Consent and Community,” where Keren Díaz de León led the night as our featured poet.

Visit our featured poet’s site here

Check out a short clip of Keren’s poetry here.

Baby Jails

On Wednesday February 7, the LCC hosted UIC alumna Virginia Martinez to discuss her experiences volunteering with the CARA Pro Bono Project at a family detention center in Dilly, Texas. She told stories of mothers and children who had been through awful challenges before being detained in awful conditions, while they seek help from volunteers to navigate the confusing legal system in search of asylum. Listen to her story, recorded by CAN TV above.


Reimagining Masculinities Kickoff Event

On Tuesday, January 30th, 2018, leaders from the seven Centers for Cultural Understanding and Social Change came together to continue ongoing campus conversations about masculinity through the collaborative Reimagining Masculinities Initiative (RMI). With the usage of the infamous bowties, the leaders kicked off the event with a how-to “tie a bowtie” workshop. As explained by the facilitators, the bowtie serves as a metaphor. Because it can be tied in many ways, it is often connected to conversations about the many ways people can express and engage in masculinity, which is multidimensional. This activity was also used to show the audience the importance of communication and teamwork, which are essential to dismantling toxic masculinity. If you missed this event, the next one is in February so stay tuned!