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Latino Heritage Month

The LCC leads the campus and community celebration of National Hispanic/Latino Heritage Month. Locally, this month long celebration, from September 15 to October 15, combines the efforts of the LCC, Purdue University, and a number of community organizations in planning and sponsoring a variety of academic and cultural events.

Some of the past events include visits and discussions by scholars like Luis Urrea, Marjorie Agosín, Ronald Takaki, and Helena Maria Viramontes.

Día de los Muertos

Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a celebration with a long and rich history rooted in the indigenous cultures of Mexico. Originally, this celebration was observed during the Aztec month that coincided with our month of August but was moved to the first and second days of November to coincide with the Catholic holidays of All Soul’s Day and All Saint’s Day upon arrival of the Spanish. The Aztec celebration upholds their belief that life is a dream and one awakens upon death.

Today with a mixture of indigenous ritual, Catholicism, and pop-culture, the observance of Día de los Muertos is a unique celebration that is an illustration of the flexibility of culture and the importance of holding on to one’s history and roots. Each fall semester, the LCC holds a community celebration to commemorate the Día de los Muertos. Many times misconceived as a celebration of death, the Día de los Muertos serves more as a vibrant and colorful celebration of life.

Some of the Día de los Muertos/Day of the Dead activities include:

  • Traditional cuisine and pan de muerto (dead bread)
  • Arts and craft stations such as decorating sugar skulls and paper masks
  • Traditional and contemporary altar displays
  • Customary music and a festive environment open to everyone!

Ofrendas, or altars, are created to celebrate the lives of lost loved ones. The altar typically provides offerings to those loved ones who have passed on such as their favorite foods, smells, etc. The LCC encourages creating contemporary altars with a focus on current issues by incorporating interactive, audio, or visual representation dedicated to loved ones or causes such as those lost to Breast Cancer or Diabetes.

Call to Altar Builders!

Community, campus departments, and student organizations are welcome to participate. If you are interested in creating an altar for the upcoming DDLM celebration please contact us at latinocc@lists.purdue.edu. Altars can be traditional or contemporary in style. Creativity and individuality are strongly encouraged. The LCC provides a table for each request.


LALS 495 Humanigration

A Border Experience is a 3 credit hour course offered in Spring. The Latin American & Latino Studies (LALS) courses do count towards the LALS minor and may count for some other requirements. We encourage you to speak to your advisor. The Humanigration course is an experiential learning course on immigration topics relative to Mexico. In addition to weekly lectures, students will travel to Tucson ,Arizona and Nogales, Mexico for a week during spring break to learn about immigration more intimately. Please Contact the Latino Cultural Center for more information.

Latin American Film Series

The LCC collaborates with the Latino Student Council (LSC) to organize the Latin American Film Series every Spring semester. The LSC participation in this effort is for student leaders to have a connection with faculty and experience with program leadership. Faculty facilitators and discussion help guide film themes and current issues relative to the Latino cultures and the community. To view a list of the past films viewed click here. For more information, please contact Marisol Uribe: muribe@purdue.edu

Semana de la Raza

Semana de la Raza, or "Week of the People", is a series of events sponsored by the Latino Cultural Center. The series of events will take place Spring 2013, from February 25th until March 1st, and are intended to raise awareness on issues and current events facing Latinos. For more information, please contact Marisol Uribe: muribe@purdue.edu.

Día de la Familia

Latino Cultural Center Anniversary, est. 2003. This year marks a special celebration for the Latino Cultural Center. Since our establishment at Purdue University we have celebrated our proud Latino history and successes, and will continue to do so through the 2012-2013 year and on into the future. This special 10 Year Anniversary weekend will be one you do no want to miss! Keep an eye out for updates via email, the LCC Facebook page, and the LCC Twitter account. We hope you'll join us in celebrating this great Purdue milestone!

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LCC Graduation Ceremony

The LCC provides graduates the opportunity to share their graduation experience with those they’ve worked with in student organizations, campus departments, and family members at this intimate graduation ceremony. At the end of each semester, the LCC organizes a special graduation ceremony for Latino students and those who have contributed to the LCC or any of the Latino-based student organizations. This ceremony is special because it provides family or friends the opportunity to speak on the accomplishments and express the enormous amount of pride they hold for each candidate. The students who participate in this event receive customized serape stoles, which they may wear during their commencement ceremony to signify their affiliation to the LCC and the Purdue Latino Alumni Organization (PLAO).

If you are graduating in December or May of the upcoming year and would like more information on how to participate in the next graduation ceremony, please contact us at latinocc@lists.purdue.edu.

All Graduates

Leave your legacy on the LCC

All graduates are invited to leave their mark on the LCC. Please stop by the LCC to find out more information on how you can leave a message for your fellow students and future Purdue Latinos/as!


The LCC’s summer programs provide culturally centered events and activities to prospective and currently admitted students who are participating in various summer camps or recruitment events. A few examples of these camps are the Minority Engineering Program, Science Bound, and Academic Boot Camp. Additionally, LCC summer programs offer cultural and social connections for the students, faculty, and staff who remain on campus during the summer months. The LCC also works closely with the Boiler Gold Rush staff hosting interest and information sessions for incoming first year students to help them get acquainted with campus.

Other Programs

La Polilla Café

La Polilla Café (Bookworm Café) is a bilingual book club that meets quarterly to discuss contemporary and classical works by Latin American and Latino/a authors. The books chosen for discussion are generally available in both English and Spanish; discussions can be guided in either English or Spanish. Meetings are held at the LCC to provide a comfortable and informal atmosphere to promote stimulating discussion. All are welcome to participate and new participants are always welcome.

Latino Leadership Retreat

Designed for current and new student leaders, the Latino Leadership Retreats are offered at the beginning of each semester. The retreats aim to provide valuable skills, while promoting collaboration and unity among Latino-based organizations. Students also have the opportunity to network with campus and corporate leaders. This one-day retreat focuses on areas such as team building, power structures, communication, and diversity. Additionally, it provides LCC staff an opportunity to build stronger relationships with current and emerging Latino leaders on campus. For more information, please contact Marisol Uribe, muribe@purdue.edu.