Semester 2018 Events


Undocumented Immigrant to Hyperdocumented Professor: The Power of Documentation, A Lecture with Dra. Aurora Chang

Tuesday, January 23rd | 6pm-7:15pm, WALC 2087
Wilmeth Academic Learning Center, Purdue Memorial Mall, West Lafayette, IN

One of the strategies that undocumented students have employed to “earn” citizenship is to academically achieve. In this talk, Dra. Chang shares the lessons she has learned on her journey/transition from a once undocumented immigrant from Guatemala to a hyperdocumented academic in the US. Through the telling of counter-stories from her own life and those of her students, she reveals how undocumented intelligence and hyperdocumentation, both terms she developed and theorized, are the foundation upon which undocumented students’ critical hope is built and their powerful narratives are told. Once an undocumented immigrant from Guatemala and raised in Richmond, California in a family of eight, Dra. Aurora Chang is now an assistant professor at Loyola University’s School of Education, where she teaches coursework on social justice education, school reform, undocumented students, Chicana feminist epistemology, and urban schooling. Dra. Aurora Chang is the author of the struggles of identity, education, and agency in the lives of undocumented students: the burden of hyperdocumentation.

To learn more about Dra. Chang, click here.
Free and Open to the Public


Lunch & Learn with Troker, Funkadelic Mexican Jazz Band

Co-Sponsored by Purdue Convocations
Friday, February 2nd | 12pm-1:30pm, Black Cultural Center Multipurpose Room
1100 3rd Street, West Lafayette, IN 49707

Join us to hear about the members of the band and their journey as Mexican musicians and about the history of Mexican jazz. They will also demonstrate sounds and rhythms using their instruments. Lunch will be served.

RSVP (to provide us with accurate head count for food) here.
To learn more about Troker, click here.
Free and Open to the Public

Guadalajaran Dance Party Feat. Troker

Sponsored by Purdue Convocations
Friday, February 2nd | 8pm-10pm, PMU South Ballroom
Purdue Memorial Union, 101 North Grant Street, West Lafayette, IN 47906-3574

Formed in Guadalajara in 2004, Troker has become a powerhouse around the world. Having played in over 96 international concerts, this funkadelic Mexican jazz band has attracted attention for their frenetic grooves and creativity. Their desire to create music that is free of labels and that expresses their roots and identity is a driving force behind their creative process. Composed of six musicians, Troker actively seeks to empower the Latinx community by providing support through music education. Being the only Mexican band that has been selected to perform at Womex and Jazzahead, two of the most important music markets of jazz and world music in Europe, Troker continues to break boundaries across the jazz scene. Most recently, they performed for the second time at the Glastonbury Festival, making them the first band to appear consecutively in their official poster.

For more information about this event, click here.
Free and Open to the Public

Latinx Resilience: Mental Health & Self-Care Strategies Lunch & Learn with Araceli Diaz

Monday, February 12th | 12pm-1:30pm, Latino Cultural Center

While not often talked about in the Latinx community, mental illness continues to be a prevalent issue that affects families across the country. In this workshop, Araceli Diaz will help destigmatize the negative connotations associated with mental health and provide attendees with an opportunity to learn more about an issue that is very much present on college campuses.

Araceli Diaz was born and raised in various neighborhoods of Chicago, Illinois. She graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a major in Sociology and minors in Latinx Studies and Gender & Women's Studies. After working as a college access advisor in Chicago, she pursued her M.S. in Education Policy at the University of Pennsylvania and focused her thesis on the importance of first generation student retention in an increasingly diverse nation.

In her current role as Assistant Director at La Casa Cultural Latina at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Araceli led efforts to host UIUC's first ever interdepartmental Fresh Check Day Mental Health Fair and works with La Casa's Latinx Resilience Network program which aims to destigmatize the conversations around mental health and connect students to campus resources. She also teaches a class in the spring related to Latinx mental health topics such as the effects of racism on mental health, stigma, and the persistent criminalization of mental illness in communities of color.

To learn about Araceli Diaz, click here.
Free and Open to the Public

A Book Reading with Carmen Maria Machado

Tuesday, February 13th | 4:30pm, WALC 1132
Wilmeth Academic Learning Center, Purdue Memorial Mall, West Lafayette, IN

Carmen Maria Machado: Public Q&A and Discussion led by Sycamore Review

Tuesday, February 13th | 7:30pm, Krannert Auditorium
Krannert Building, 403 W. State Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2056
Sponsored by Creative Writing Program

Carmen Maria Machado's debut short story collection, Her Body and Other Parties, was a finalist for the National Book Award, the Kirkus Prize, the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction, and the National Book Critics Circle's John Leonard Prize, and the winner of the Bard Fiction Prize. She is a fiction writer, critic, and essayist whose work has appeared in the New Yorker, Granta, Tin House, Guernica, Gulf Coast, NPR, and elsewhere. Her stories have been reprinted in Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy, Best Horror of the Year, Year’s Best Weird Fiction, and Best Women’s Erotica. Her memoir House in Indiana is forthcoming in 2019 from Graywolf Press.

She holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and has been awarded fellowships and residencies from the Michener-Copernicus Foundation, the Elizabeth George Foundation, the CINTAS Foundation, the Speculative Literature Foundation, the Clarion Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers’ Workshop, the University of Iowa, the Yaddo Corporation, Hedgebrook, and the Millay Colony for the Arts. She is the Writer in Residence at the University of Pennsylvania, and lives in Philadelphia with her wife.

To learn more about the author, click here.
Free and Open to the Public

Where do I Fit In? Understanding and Navigating through the Complexities or Racial and Ethnic Identity Formation of Latinx Students, A lecture with Dr. Nenetzin Reyes

Monday, February 26th | 6pm-7:30pm, Krannert Auditorium
Krannert Building, 403 W. State Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2056

What is race, and how do we come to terms with it? For many, it is a daily struggle, but for others, it’s simply a fact. How do our identities, both racially and ethnically, inform our daily lives, beliefs, and values? In this conversation, Dr. Reyes will provide attendees with an opportunity to learn about racial identity formation and the impact it can have on college success. Dr. Reyes is an assistant professor of Counseling at Indiana Wesleyan University. She earned her M.S. and Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Texas Tech University. She also has B.S. in Child and Family Studies from Baylor University. Her research interests include: parenting issues, interethnic couples and families, the process of addressing cultural issues in therapy, and the development of therapists' competence in the concerns and issues of the Hispanic population in the U.S.

To learn about Dr. Reyes, click here.
Free and Open to the Public


I am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter: A Book Reading with Erika L. Sanchez

Co-Sponsored with Delta Phi Mu Sorority, Inc. and SOGA
Tuesday, March 27th | 6pm-7:30, Krannert Auditorium
Krannert Building, 403 W. State Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2056

The daughter of Mexican immigrants, Erika L. Sánchez, has become a powerful voice for Latinos across the United States. A poet, novelist, and essayist living in Chicago, her work provides a voice for those growing up in a Mexican working-class family. As the daughter of undocumented Mexican immigrants, Sanchez strives to defy borders by speaking about her lived experiences growing up a feminist Latina. Her debut poetry collection, Lessons on Expulsion, was published by Graywolf in July 2017, and her debut young adult novel, I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter, published in October 2017 by Knopf Books for Young Readers, is a New York Times Bestseller and a National Book Awards finalist. She was recently named a 2017-2019 Princeton Arts Fellow.

More about Erika L. Sanchez (from her website):
Since graduate school, Erika has received a Canto Mundo Fellowship, Bread Loaf Scholarship, and the 2013 “Discovery”/Boston Review Prize. In 2015, Erika was awarded a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship from The Poetry Foundation. Erika’s strange and vivid poems have appeared or are forthcoming in many prestigious literary journals, including, Pleiades, Copper Nickel, Vinyl Poetry, Guernica, diode, Boston Review,, the Paris Review, Gulf Coast, and POETRY Magazine. Her poetry has also been featured on “Latino USA” on NPR and published in Please Excuse This Poem: 100 New Poems for the Next Generation (Viking 2015).

In the fall of 2014, the Guild Complex of Chicago invited Erika and four other writers to participate in Kapittel, the International Festival of Literature and Freedom of Speech in Stavanger, Norway where she met incredible exiled writers from around the world and ate pickled fish for breakfast. From 2012-2015, Erika was the sex and love advice columnist for Cosmopolitan for Latinas. She loves giving women feminist, sex positive advice. Erika has also contributed to a variety of top tier publications, such as Time, The Guardian, NBC News, Rolling Stone, Al Jazeera, Truthout, Salon, BuzzFeed, Cosmopolitan, Jezebel, Her articles have been republished all around the world and have been translated into several languages. She has been profiled by NBC News and has appeared on National Public Radio on many occasions. Her essay “Crying in the Bathroom” was published in the anthology Double Bind: Women on Ambition (Liveright 2017), which includes work by Roxane Gay, Molly Ringwald, and Ayana Mathis. (Sanchez, 2018).

To learn more about the author, click here.
Free and Open to the Public

Día de la Familia: Quinceañera Edition

Saturday, April 14th | 1pm-4pm, Latino Cultural Center

Join the Latino Cultural Center in celebrating its 15 year anniversary, or Quinceañera, at this year’s Dia de la Familia! We invite students, their families, and their Greater Lafayette community to come and celebrate this significant milestone for the Latinx community at Purdue University. Founded in 2003, the mission of the Latino Cultural Center has been to recruit, retain, and graduate Latinx students. With an emphasis on cultural and educational programming, the LCC has provided Purdue students with opportunities to learn more about diverse Latinx communities and the intersectionalities that are present between different identities. This event will be from 1pm-4pm at the Latino Cultural Center. Tours of the center will be available, as well as interactive activities for students and their families. Come hungry as we will be serving lunch!

Free and Open to the Public

The Trouble with My Name, A One-Man Show with Javier Ávila

Co-Sponsored with Delta Pi Rho Fraternity, Inc. and The Department of Theater
Tuesday, April 17th | 7:30pm, Mallet Theater, PAO Hall
Pao (Yue-Kong) Hall of Visual and Performing Arts, 552 W Wood St, West Lafayette, IN 47907

The Trouble with My Name, Javier Ávila’s highly praised one-man show, embraces the critical issues faced by American Latinos. Issues such as language, race, and social justice all come to the forefront in Ávila’s autobiographical journey. An author, poet, and professor, Ávila’s literary success has propelled him to become a powerful voice for Latinos across the United States. Having begun his career in the Caribbean, Ávila’s tenure as a professor has earned him the 2015 Pennsylvania Professor of the Year Award sponsored by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education. His literary work has also earned him worldwide recognition. Different, his bestselling novel turned motion picture entitled Miente, has been screen around the world, and his work has been incorporated into university curricula for years. The Trouble with My Name, which consolidates Ávila’s experiences as a scholar, poet, and Latino, seeks to explore the struggles and misconceptions American Latinos face by illustrating his journey moving in between two cultures. This high-octane, poignant, and hilarious one-man show will break down barriers and embrace the lived experiences of American Latinos while simultaneously transcending boundaries or race, ethnicity, and geography.

To learn more about Javier Ávila, click here.
Free and Open to the Public

Latinx Graduation Ceremony

Friday, May 11th | 6pm-8pm, PMU North Ballroom
Purdue Memorial Union, 101 North Grant Street, West Lafayette, IN 47906-3574

The Latinx Graduation Ceremony is a commemoration that recognizes the achievements of graduating Latinx students at Purdue University. By highlighting their accomplishments and providing students and their families with the opportunity to acknowledge their success through this trilingual ceremony, families will be able to learn about the impact students have had on Purdue’s campus, motivate and encourage future Latinx college students to reach degree attainment at the Baccalaureate, Masters, and Doctorate level, and pay tribute to those who have motivated students to earn their degree.

Any student who will graduate in 2018 (Spring, Summer or Winter) can attend.
Please check back for information about how to RSVP for this event.
Free Event

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