Latino Resource Center is home away from home

Hundreds of Huskies gathered on Sept. 6 for NIU’s Latin Chill, an evening of fun and fellowship held at the Latino Resource Center.

“The Latin Chill is important because it is the first time many students get to know about student organizations firsthand,” Sergio Gutierrez, graduate assistant for the Latino Resource Center, said. “One can always research and view them online, but getting to meet them in person and answer any question they may have helps out the most.”

The Latin Chill is held at the beginning of each school year, Gutierrez said, to help remind students they have a home away from home on campus. More than 20 Latino-based organizations were on hand to do just that, sharing their mission with prospective members.

“We hope that attendees are able to expand their social connections and realize all the support that we are able to offer,” Gutierrez said. “Whether it is coming to the resource center to meet a faculty member or to use the lab, we are here to help in whatever way we can.”

The Latino Resource Center provides many opportunities for student to engage with each other and with the community. The center is home to many organizations, including the Adela de la Torre Latino Honor Society (ATLHS), De Mujer a Mujer: Latina Assistance Program (LAP), Mentoring and Engaging Thru Academic Success (METAS) and Vanguardia Afirmativa de Latin@s Unidos (VALU).

The Latino Resource Center is open daily to help serve all students. For more information, visit them online.

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