Latinx Resources at UIC

UIC Latinx Cultural Center (LCC)

Established in 1976, the Latino Cultural Center (LCC) was the first cultural center at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Its founding was the result of visionary Latinx students, faculty, staff and community members who fought tirelessly for a cultural center to support the academic growth of the increasing Latinx/a student population on campus. The LCC was named after the late Rafael Cintrón Ortiz, a Puerto Rican professor who unconditionally supported the creation of the center and was an inspirational figure to students on campus.

The Latino Cultural Center (LCC) advances its mission through programs and initiatives that feature cultural and artistic expressions, intercultural and civic dialogues, scholarly presentations, and first-voice stories. Our programs and initiatives draw on cultural heritage to address contemporary issues, connect cultural and environmental sustainability, and build partnerships across diverse students and communities for positive social change.

Latin American Latinx Studies Program (LALS)

The Latin American and Latinx Studies Program is an academic program that offers undergraduate and graduate courses in Latin America and Latinx in the United States. An interdisciplinary program with its own faculty, it focuses on Latin American history and politics, and culture and the migration and development of Latinx people in the United States, with emphasis on Chicago and the Midwest.

In addition, the program cross-lists related courses in departments such as Economics, Anthropology, Political Science, Art History, Literature (Spanish, French, Portuguese, and English), and History. A large number of courses are available to students covering topics as diverse as pre-Hispanic Archaeology, the forest, Indians of Brazil, race and ethnicity in the New World, Spanish history, development and dependency in Latin America, Mexican, Caribbean and South American history, U.S. foreign policy towards Latin America, Latinx social movements in the U.S. and Latinx community development.

Hispanic Center of Excellence (HCoE)

The mission of the Hispanic Center of Excellence is to increase the capacity of College of Medicine to admit and graduate a greater number of Latinx physicians; to promote the recruitment and development of Latinx and other minority faculty; to foster faculty and student research on minority health issues; and to expand curricular opportunities that address the health care needs of underserved minority communities. 

Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Latinos (CCSL)

The Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Latinos (CCSL) plays an important role addressing issues that impact Latinx students. CCSL works proactively on the recruitment/retention of Latinx students, faculty and staff, and support of Latinx efforts on campus and in our communities. The Committee has taken a leadership position in enhancing cultural diversity on campus and bringing about a greater awareness of Latinx assets through cultural, educational and political events.

Resoures for Undocumented Students 

The purpose of this website is to provide information and resources to current and prospective students and their families regarding residency for in-state tuition purposes and enrollment at UIC.