Latinx Resources at UIC


Latin@s Gaining Access to Networks for Advancement in Science (L@S GANAS) is a program at the University of Illinois at Chicago created under a Hispanic Serving Institution STEM grant from the US Department of Education. UIC is one of very few research intensive universities to achieve Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) status. L@S GANAS aims to increase the amount of Latinos in the STEM field. Students can take advantage of this program throughout their whole career at UIC. Below are the services they offer:

  • Transition Coachesincoming freshmen or incoming transfer students.

The coaches are embedded at specific high schools and two-year colleges in order to assist with students’ plans to attend UIC. They help with the application process, filling out the FAFSA, finding and applying to scholarships, identifying potential majors and areas of study and transition to UIC.

  • Peer Mentoringaimed for Incoming Students/Freshmen as mentees, sophomore and junior students as mentors (must have 2.5 GPA or higher

Mentoring con GANAS is aimed to connect Latinx students and help them navigate UIC. Students are paired based on similar fields of study and interact regularly to discuss goals, classes and guidance on resources to help with their undergraduate career.

  • Research Fellowshipaimed for sophomores and incoming transfer students.

This program is a 2-year research fellowship in which students will get placed with a UIC faculty to work doing research in their lab. This fellowship also comes with a stipend to help pay for tuition, up to $5000, however, students must be FAFSA-eligible to receive financial assistance. Students must also participate in a leadership workshop (BIOS 294: Special Topics, Wednesdays from 3:00 – 4:40 pm in 3098 SEL). Students may also receive funding to present original research at national and local conferences.

  • Peer Leadersaimed for students who have completed 100-level STEM courses with an A as a final grade.

The Peer Leaders will work at UIC’s Science Learning Center and the Mathematics Science Learning Center and will facilitate study groups for students who want to excel in Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics. Peer Leaders engage students in a group collective learning process, review notes with the students, provide different problem-solving techniques, help understand material and provide study tips.


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.