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NIU to offer course to new Latino freshmen

June 5, 2013
Angélica Mendoza

Angélica Mendoza

Through the Latino Resource Center, Northern Illinois University is offering a specialized, one-credit-hour UNIV 101 course that focuses on getting freshman students familiar with college life.

The Latino Experience is geared specifically toward Latino students and issues related to their college experience, and it is designed to help identify and prevent common pitfalls, giving students have a clearer path toward graduation by providing them with the necessary tools and resources to successfully navigate the campus culture.

“More importantly, the course allows students to learn about their own culture and build a community among their peers based on shared values such as family, community and a collective Latino identity,” says Angélica Mendoza, assistant director of the Latino Resource Center.

“We provide as much information and resources as possible so that students can walk away empowered and also serve as a resource to other students.”

The course meets from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Specifically, the Latino Experience will focus on:

  • Getting Latino students in the mix with FREE campus resources and social outlets
  • Identifying and discussing historical Latino leaders
  • Reviewing and discussing the shaping of Latino identity
  • Applying for Latino-based scholarships and other financial aid
  • The NIU Latino experience
  • Adjusting to the university environment
  • Assigning a peer mentor

Latino Resource Center logoEnrollment is designed to be a simple process. For a permit number, contact Mendoza at (815) 753-8645 or [email protected].

The Latino Resource Center (LRC) is a unit of the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management. Better known as the “LRC” by students and staff, the center focuses on student-centered service by developing partnerships focused on student learning while establishing an inclusive community that builds collaborative relationships across campus and the surrounding community.

The center also offers a computer lab, study/library area, student lounge and wireless Internet connection. Students and organizations use the center for holding meetings or as a “home away from home” on a daily basis. The LRC is located at 515 Garden Road, directly across the street from Anderson Hall.