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Archive for March, 2014

April 2014 Upcoming LCC events!

Getting Personal!
with Scholarship Personal Statements

Many students want to apply for scholarship applications, but do not know how to begin writing their personal statement. If you are interested in writing a strong personal statement for a scholarship application, please join us for a fun, creative, and intensive two-day writing workshop. We will focus on a Latino and community-based scholarship application that addresses the following question:

What field do you intend to pursue, and how will the Latino community benefit?

Friday, April 4, 2014 … 3pm to 5pm at the Latino Cultural Center LCB2
Explore ideas and topic sentences for your personal statement through an Arts-Based Civic Dialogue session using the largest indoor mural in the City, El Despertar de las Americas, for inspiration. Learn to correctly and creatively structure a scholarship personal statement.

Friday, April 11, 2014 … 3pm to 5pm at the LARES Study Area SSB 2640
Receive constructive feedback from a scholarship reviewer and UIC staff to improve your personal statement.
Dr. Leonard Ramirez, a member of the Illinois Latino Council on Higher Education (ILACHE), will be our guest speaker.

To attend both events, you must RSVP at dsoria2 or 312-996-3356.
Sponsored by the UIC Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Latinos.


The 22nd annual UIC Chicago Latino Film Festival is presented in collaboration with the International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Holy Water/Agua Bendita
Costa Rica/Spain, 2013, 82 min. Documentary
Director: Octavio Guerra
Spanish w/subtitles

Residents of a small Costa Rican village forecast a drought for the upcoming summer, and a proposal to build an aqueduct is met with skepticism. A local school teacher writes and stages a play to raise awareness about the issue and convince the townsfolk about the benefits of the project.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Where the Sun is Born/Donde nace el sol
Guatemala, 2013, 85 min. Fiction
Director: Elías Jiménez

Spanish and Mayan w/subtitles

Maya, an indigenous woman, dreams of the invasion of her peoples. With the spiritual help of her ancestors, she survives in the jungle and learns to respect it. A journey of five hundred years into the future will provide her with the opportunity to contribute to the renewal of the following generations.

Thursday, April 10, 2014
The Marthas/Las Marthas
U.S., 2013, 60 min. Documentary
Director: Cristina Ibarra
English and Spanish w/subtitles

One of the largest celebrations in the border town of Laredo, Texas, reenacts George Washington’s birthday party thrown by America’s first Lady Washington. Society daughters, most of them Mexican American, are invited to debut in elaborate gowns representing iconic figures from America’s colonial history.
FREE admission and popcorn
**Note: Space is limited, if you would like to bring students please email: etovar4**
Where: Latino Cultural Center
Lecture Center B2

Time: All screenings begin at 12pm

We thank our sponsors: UIC Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Latinos, Latin American and Latino Studies Program, Latin American Recruitment and Educational Services Program, Honors College; and student organization co-sponsors Ballet de Colores, Fearless Undocumented Alliance, Heritage Garden Student Group, Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement, Lambda Upsilon Lambda, Omega Delta Phi, and Sigma Lambda Beta.

Transcending Masculinity Initiative Kickoff

What does masculinity mean to you? Are you tired of feeling like there is only one way to be a man?
Join us as we kick off the Transcending Masculinity Initiative to engage and bring together male-identified persons and those on the masculine spectrum at UIC to discuss issues of masculinity/”manhood” to transcend distorted views of identity and social responsibility.
When: Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Time: 2:30pm to 4:00pm
Where: Latino Cultural Center
Lecture Center B2

FREE refreshments and admission

For more info, please call 312-996-3095 or visit us at

If you require any accommodations please contact us at least three days before the event.

Save the Date!

April 10, 2014

Noche de Poetas

April 16, 2014

Citizenship, Immigration & Belonging: a conversation with Lulú Martínez

April 17, 2014



Register Now: University of Illinois Student Day at the Captiol

University of Illinois Student Advocacy Day at the Capitol
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Join your fellow UIC students as they head to the Capitol
in Springfield to speak out in support of the University of Illinois.
Participants will be briefed by Alumni Association and University leaders,
and then will meet with their districts’ legislators and staff.

​The state legislature’s decisions will impact the future of
the University of Illinois, so it’s important that your elected officials hear from you.
You can make a difference! We hope you will join us on this important trip.

Register Now!

Schedule of Events:
11:30 am: Arrive at the Sangamo Club for Free Lunch
227 E Adams St, Springfield
1:30 pm: Meeting with Legislators
The Capitol, Springfield
4:00 pm: Debriefing
Location TBD We make it easy by:
• Setting up appointments with legislators for you
• Partnering you with other students
• Briefing you on issues and talking points
• Providing information packets for you to leave with your legislators

Please contact us with any questions or if you would like to help promote this event.

To attend the University of Illinois Day at the Capitol please RSVP by Friday, April 4 at or 800/524-1420

*There are no costs associated with this free event

*Information about transportation from campus locations will be provided at a later date.

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Apr 9 – UI Day at the Capitol Invitation


My name is Annie Li, and I am the President of the Student Alumni Ambassadors (SAA), a registered student organization on campus that is sponsored by the University of Illinois Alumni Association (UIAA). As the president of SAA, I lead the Advocacy Committee that works with the UIAA’s advocacy program, Illinois Connection (IC). With IC’s support, SAA hosts letter writing campaigns (LWC) every semester, and markets and attends the annual UI Day at the Capitol in Springfield. This is when we invite students, faculty, alumni, and supporters to speak on behalf of the University and to ask our legislators to continue to support funding the UI.

This year’s UI Day at the Capitol (Lobby Day) will be held on April 9. Please visit for more information about Lobby Day. This event will give students an opportunity to voice their concern and ask for support from their representatives. I am asking for your support by helping us to increase awareness of the event through e-mail and social media. Please send the invitation attached to your students and other contacts. Our target student participation from UIC is only 100. Transportation and meals will be provided to all participants, who will also be entered in our student raffle, sponsored by the Undergraduate Student Government.

Should have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at ali30 or Marissa McCord, Assistant Vice President of Alumni Advocacy, at mccord3 or (217) 333-1648. Thank you in advance.

Annie Li

University of Illinois Day at the Capitol – student invitation final (1).pdf
SAA – LobbyDay_StudentLetter.docx

CALL for Executive Board Members for Latina/o Graduate Student Association (LGSA)

The Latina/o Graduate Student Association (LGSA) is now accepting executive board nominations for the 2014-2015 school year.

Postions Available:

Two Co-Chair positions
Graduate School Liaison

Nominations will be accepted until APRIL 14th at 11:59PM. Please make sure that your nomination submissions have been confirmed by the nominees. All submission should be sent to our secretary, Heather Hathaway-Miranda at


LGSA Executive Board