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Latino Resource Center looks back on October’s annual celebration of Latino Heritage Month

November 5, 2010

Center for Latino and Latin American Studies/Latino Resource CenterEvery fall semester, the Latino Resource Center (LRC) holds a series of educational, social, motivational and professional events for the NIU student body in celebration of Latino Heritage Month.

Latino Heritage Month recognizes the contributions of various Hispanic cultures across the nation.

The LRC never fails to bring highly recognized guests to NIU.  In the past, the list has included labor movement leader Dolores Huerta and Nobel Peace Prize winner Rigoberto Menchu.  This year was no different. Award-winning author and poet Sandra Cisneros filled the auditorium in the Art Building as she shared writing tips with the Oct. 6 audience.  

John Rico

John Rico

Among the dozen or so other exciting events were an art exhibit with sculpture artist Eric Fuertes, an inspiring entrepreneurial story from NIU alum John Rico, an annual potluck held by Alpha Sigma Omega, a leadership conference from the student organization Supporting Opportunities for Latinos (SOL) and graduate training in collaboration with UIC’s Urban Health Program.

“I believe this year’s Latino Heritage Month was very successful,” Director Emily Prieto said. “Our goal is to bring awareness of the various Latino cultures to the NIU student body through such great events as these.”

The Latino Resource Center is one of several campus cultural centers and part of the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management.