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The Illinois Latina Latino Alumni Association (LLAA) invites you to come back home to Illinois and celebrate homecoming, the 2019-2020 school year, and Latinx excellence.

The LLAA has reserved a tailgating location in for our Alumni to join in the homecoming festivities. Come out and tailgate with us on Saturday, October 19 starting at 9 a.m. Food will be served along with drinks. Memorial Stadium will also have food trucks for additional food services. Food and drink are available until exhausted.

Homecoming details:

Wisconsin v. Illinois
– Saturday, October 19 | 9:00 a.m. to 2 p.m.
– Tailgating: 9:00 a.m.
– Homecoming Game: 11:00 a.m.
– Memorial Stadium, Champaign, Illinois
– Tailgating, Homecoming Ticket, Food, and Drink: $55

If you cannot attend and celebrate Homecoming, we ask that you make a donation to the Illinois LLAA scholarships.

We can’t wait to see you and share in the festivities in Champaign!


Service Day 2019

Please join the Illinois Latina Latino Alumni Association as we recognize our Annual Service Day on October 7, 2019 in honor of Veronica “Ronnie” Kahn, also known to many students as “La Doña.” Ronnie was a scholar, teacher, mentor, and student advocate at UIUC.  Amongst her many achievements, she served as the Assistant Director of La Casa Cultural Latina, and as an instructor and academic advisor for the Latin American & Caribbean Studies Program.

Ronnie was a champion of social justice and believed in the urgency of creating equitable access to educational opportunities for underrepresented communities. In her final years, before succumbing to her battle with ALS, Ronnie co-founded the Latinx Resilience Network to provide support for students and increase mental health awareness, in addition to creating a space for students to share experiences and build resilience. Through the years, she mentored and befriended hundreds of students and families, and became a fierce advocate for Latinx students’ right to organize for change at UIUC, including efforts that led to the historic 1992 Cinco de Mayo demonstrations.  She was an integral and vital force in ensuring that those efforts delivered their vision of a Latinx Studies Department, and that spaces such as La Casa, continue its mission to support the retention and recruitment of Latinx students at all levels at UIUC.

The LLAA has selected October 7th, her birthday, as a Day of Service to honor her memory and her impact on the Latinx community, and the UIUC at large. This year we have three options to honor her contributions as her memory lives on in the service of others:  

  1. Donate to our scholarship fund, which provides awards of  $1,000.
  2. Donate your slightly used professional wear to the UIUC Career Closet, organized by The Career Center on campus: LLAA has coordinated with the owner of Output Lounge, Eddie Gutierrez as a drop off center in Chicago
  3. Post a picture of your service on Oct 7th on our Facebook wall.

Every year, we count on our fellow alumni and friends to help us support a great cause. This year, we’re asking that you consider providing a monetary donation to our Scholarship Fund. Every year, we award a deserving undergraduate student at the University of Illinois with a generous scholarship. We need your help to make this year’s scholarship the greatest amount that we’ve ever had. 



If a monetary donation is not possible, there’s still a way to be engaged and support our Service Day efforts. We’re currently accepting gently used professional attire for the University’s Career Closet. We’re accepting the following gently used items. 

·       Men’s and Women’s suits
·       Blazers and jackets
·       Dress slacks
·       Blouses and shirts
·       Professional dresses and skirts
·       Accessories:  Ties, scarves, jewelry, shoes, handbags

High-need items:
·       Men’s and Women’s buttoned-down shirts (In white, pale blue, and other solid subtle colors)
·       Women’s Suit Jackets/Blazers
·       Men’s Suit Jackets in small or medium
·       Men’s dress slacks in small or medium sizes

Items can be dropped off at Output, 1758 W. Grand Avenue during regular business hours. A LLAA Board member will personally drop off items to the University’s Career Center later this month. Please make sure to drop off items by October 17, 2019. 



We’re happy to announce a new partnership with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Latino Alliance. We’ll have exclusive opportunities for our LLAA members and friends in the coming months. In the meantime, please check out the latest event hosted by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Latino Alliance, Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons on October 17 at 7:30 p.m. There will be a preconcert reception at 6:30 p.m. in the Grainger Ballroom, highlighting the virtuosic skill of the Baroque composer. The CSO Latino Alliance is a diverse group of over 200 members committed to sharing classical music with the community. Each year, the Latino Alliance hosts several networking and educational events to deepen the community’s understanding and appreciation of symphonic music. Please join us at this event. 



We appreciate any help you can provide. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Abel Ochoa [email protected]