Monthly archives: April, 2018

Earth Week 2018

The Latino Cultural Center celebrated Earth Week at UIC with various programs throughout the week of April 16. On Thursday April 18, Little Village Environmental Justice Organization (LVEJO) community organizers, Nancy Meza and Lilian Molina, joined us for an interactive and informative discussion about environmental justice in Little Village. Participants worked together in groups in a fun team-building activity as a way to introduce the topic.

26th annual UIC Chicago Latino Film Festival

In partnership with the International Latino Cultural Center, the UIC Rafael Cintrón Ortiz Latino Cultural Center celebrated the 26th UIC Chicago Latino Film Festival. The LCC screened two films, Looking for a Boyfriend… for my Wife on April 11 and Flight of the Guitar: Dreaming of Paco de Lucía on April 12. The hijinks made the films very entertaining and fun to watch. For the rest of this month’s schedule celebrating the 34th Chicago Film Festival, please click HERE.

Countering Stigma through Storytelling

The Latino Cultural Center and the Disability Cultural Center were in for a real treat on Wednesday, April 4th when Erasing the Distance and the Erasing the Distance Artistic Company came for a visit. We had the privilege of watching a talented group of actors bring to life the stories of real people with disabilities and the stigmas they overcame. Erasing the Distance: Countering Stigma Through Storytelling was part of the ongoing Spaces for Wellness project – a collaboration between the Centers for Cultural Understanding and Social Change.

Click HERE, for more about Erasing the Distance and how they use the power of performance to disarm stigma and promote healing surrounding issues of mental health.


Vandalized poster

On April 2, 2018, we found one of our Noche de Poetas (Poetry Night) posters, that was displayed on the lobby, vandalized by a neo-nazi group called Identity Evropa (IE). This is a group that opposes multiculturalism and promotes a white superiority ideology.

The vandalism was part of multiple incidents at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) campus throughout the Spring Break week. LCC students and staff developed a collective response to counter the message by saying “This will not stop us from supporting diversity” and posted “Hate is Not Supported at UIC” flyers made by the Centers for Cultural Understanding and Social Change (CCUSC) to support and affirm students’ diverse identities.