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.  

Masculinity in Language

On March 20th, 2018, the Reimagining Masculinity Initiative collaborated with the brothers of Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity to facilitate a dialogue about masculinity in language. Through a powerful dialogue about incidents in which toxic language has been used in daily conversation, several individuals acknowledged that they have normalized derogatory terms and provided resolutions to avoid using them. The dialogue encouraged accountability and actively learning more about bystander intervention to create safer spaces for all individuals.

Learn more about RMI here, Lambda Theta Phi here, or view a video shown at the dialogue here.

Movement for Justice in El Barrio

Photo of presenter speaking and students listening

On March, 21, the Latino Cultural Center hosted the Movement for Justice in El Barrio organization from New York City’s East Harlem. Juan Haro led an interactive dialogue on the experience of displacement shared by many people, primarily immigrants and how many of the people in the neighborhood came together to protest against their landlords. The audience participated in discussion and watched short video clips created by the members of the organization.

To learn more about the Movement for Justice in El Barrio, click here.

Claim Your Fate!

On Thursday, March 8, 2018, the LCC collaborated with the Mexican Students de Aztlán (MeSA), Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), and Union for Puerto Rican Students (UPRS) to host Noche de Poetas: Claim Your Fate!

In celebration of *Womxn’s Herstory Month, the event’s theme was “Amplifying Womxn’s Voices”, highlighting the ways that we can support each other through struggles of violence and harassment as well as how we can use our strengths to uplift womxn’s power and resilience. In addition, a new student organization was featured: HerHealth, which works towards raising awareness for women’s health globally and empowering all women.

Our featured poet was Tatiana Rodriguez, a queer, femme, Afro-Latina writer from the northwest side of Chicago, who shared both powerful poetry and goofy raps. We also had multiple performers sign up for our open mic and share their talents, either through spoken word or song. The performances were empowering and captivating. Thank you to all who participated!

Follow our featured poet, Tatiana Rodriguez on her IG @honeyshot.

*The term womxn de-centers men while including trans women and women of color.


Primary Comics

On Wednesday, March 7, 2018 the Latino Cultural Center (LCC) partnered with the Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement and the Heritage Garden Student Group for an open art studio to create comics for the Illinois Primary Elections 2018. Vicko Alvarez, a Chicago based visual artist and creator of ScholaR Comics, led and assisted the participants in making a comic strip. These comic strips will be used to show others why voting is important and to encourage others to use their voting power.

To learn more about the artist, click here.

Or to check out some of the comics created at this event, click here.