Since its founding in 1974, La Casa Cultural Latina has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to Latina/o students and the campus community, as well as local and global communities. La Casa reflects the diversity of Latina/o cultures and exemplifies el éxito Latino that shapes the Americas in our contemporary world.
The mission of La Casa Cultural Latina is to promote a welcoming and dynamic atmosphere through the development of educational, cultural, socio-political, and social programs that lead to greater recruitment, retention, advancement, and empowerment of Latina/o students. La Casa engages current and future leaders through mentorship, civic engagement, and the promotion of social advocacy.
Founded in 1996, the Department of Latina/Latino Studies is one of the nation's exemplary interdisciplinary departments exploring the U.S. Latina/Latino experience from a sociological, historical, and cultural perspective. Housed in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Department coordinates a range of courses in various disciplines whose content covers subject matter relevant to Latina/Latino Studies. In addition to its teaching mission, the Department fulfills multiple roles for University of Illinois students, for the campus, and for the state of Illinois.
The Department enhances curricular offerings through such activities as conferences, lectures, and colloquia. These activities not only benefit students who major and minor in Latina/Latino studies, but also enhance scholarly discussions of Latina/Latino communities on the University of Illinois campus. The Department also provides a location and support for interdisciplinary research, teaching, and outreach.
Providing transformative learning experiences to the Illinois community.
From Housing's multicultural advocates, to the Office of Minority Student Affairs, to our Diversity and Social Justice Education programs, you'll find Student Affairs staff and student workers living that commitment every day.