Spring 2020 Latino Cultural Center Events

January

Where Did We Sit on the Bus? Monday, January 27th, 6PM.

Mallet Theater, Yue-Kong Pao Hall. 552 W Wood St, West Lafayette, IN 47907

Where Did We Sit on the Bus? is an electric one-man show pulsing with Latin rhythms, rap, hip-hop, spoken word, and live looping. During a third grade lesson on the Civil Rights movement and Rosa Parks, a Latino boy raises his hand to ask, "Where did we sit on the bus?" and his teacher can't answer the question. This thrilling autobiographical production examines what it means to be Latino through the eyes of a child, turned teenager, turned adult.

Brian Quijada, a native Chicagoan, and the son of Salvadorean parents, tries to figure out where he fits in. He grew up in a contrasting melting pot watching Michael Jackson’s moves on TV while the smell of pupusas filled the air, and at school, he mingled with friends from different cultural and racial backgrounds. With nonstop laughter, “Where Did We Sit on the Bus?” attempts to answer the question, “Where do I fit in as a Latino millennial growing up in America?

February

“Land Defenders: Indigenous Mexican Women and the Case of Cherán, Michoacán” Thursday, February 13th, 6PM-7PM.

Krannert Auditorium, 403 W State St, West Lafayette, IN 47907

Yuridia Ramírez is a Ford Foundation Fellow and an Assistant Professor of Latina/o Studies and Global and Intercultural Studies at Miami University. Dr. Ramírez received her PhD and MA in history from Duke University with a certificate in Latin American Studies. She also holds a BA in history and journalism from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. She is currently working on her book manuscript, tentatively titled Indigeneity on the Move: Transborder Politics from Michoacán to North Carolina, a historic and interdisciplinary analysis of a diasporic indigenous community and their transforming sense of indigeneity.

Dr. Ramírez’s doctoral work in racial and indigenous histories, as well as in diasporic communities and decoloniality, also have informed her organizing efforts. She previously served as the North Carolina organizer with United We Dream, the largest immigrant youth-led community in the country, and has organized in refugee and immigrant communities in both Minneapolis, MN, and Durham, NC. She has worked with K­-12 students, young adults, and families, thinking critically about racism, violence, and injustice, while developing a vision for a collective community. As an oral historian whose parents have been Mexican immigrant factory workers for more than thirty years, Dr. Ramírez has personal experience with and an intellectual commitment to migrant workers and their families.”

March

Hecho en Puelto RicoMonday, March 9th, 6PM. 

Mallet Theater, Yue-Kong Pao Hall. 552 W Wood St, West Lafayette, IN 47907

"Hecho en Puelto Rico" a performance by Ángel Vázquez is about the Puerto Rican crisis. In it, a young man is faced with the conflict of staying on the island or moving to the U.S. mainland, and before he decides, he opens up a suitcase his grandfather left for him. Inside the suitcase, he discovers an entire history of Puerto Rico that he was never taught in school, a history that highlights the great accomplishments of Puerto Ricans throughout the world.

Embracing your Intersectionality - Perspectives on Social Justice with Hugo TreviñoWednesday, March 25th, 6PM. 

Krannert Auditorium, 403 W State St, West Lafayette, IN 47907

Hugo is a first generation Mexican American and a Chicago local as he was born and raised in this beautiful city. During his undergraduate career, he studied abroad 3 times to Costa Rica, China, and Taiwan. As a student activist, he advocated for the rights of Latinxs, LGBQTIA, students with disabilities and other marginalized communities. He earned his degree in Spanish and Translation Studies at University of Illinois at Champaign Urbana (UIUC) in August 2014.  His passion for education, student affairs, and travel, inspired him to obtain his Master of Education in International Higher Education in December 2018, from Loyola University Chicago where he was able to study abroad in Vietnam and Italy. Before joining the UIC team, he was very fortunate to work for non-profit organizations where he was able to help people with disabilities in multi-faceted of ways including education, healthcare, and self-advocacy to name a few. Hugo loves being able to advocate for others and empowering others to become advocates as well. This passion of service has led him to the University of Illinois at Chicago as he is ready to work with students, make sure they have equal access to a higher education, and help them achieve their full potential here at UIC and beyond.

Fun facts: Hugo has a physical disability called Spinal Muscular Atrophy which requires him to use a power wheelchair. As someone from the community of people with disabilities, he is excited to learn from his students as everyone experiences having a disability differently. He loves learning languages and is fluent in English & Spanish and currently learning Portuguese and Italian. When at home he loves to destress with a good book, game night, catching up with friends over food, going to the movies, or seeing a Broadway show.

April

Día de la familia. Saturday, April 11th, 1PM-4PM.

LCC, AAARCC and NAECC Lawn, 426 Waldron Street, West Lafayette, IN 47906

On April 11th, 2003, the Latino Cultural Center opened its doors at Purdue University. Since then, every year, we recognize our history and communities with a celebration that occurs on the Saturday closest to April 11th. This is a time to gather our familias and reflect on our accomplishments, connect with alumni and look toward the future. 

May

Latinx Graduation Ceremony. Friday, May 15th, 11am-1pm. 

Beck Agricultural Center, 4550 US-52, West Lafayette, IN 47906

All students graduating in the year 2020 (Spring and Winter), along with their families, are invited to participate in the Latinx Graduation Ceremony, which takes place on the Friday of graduation weekend. Students and their families and friends are invited to this ceremony, held in Spanish, Portuguese and English. The LCC celebrates the accomplishments of the graduating class and recognizes the efforts of their family and friends in the process.

Co-Sponsored with the Latinx Student Union

To RSVP for this year’s celebration, click here.

All events take place at Purdue University.
All events are FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC unless otherwise noted.
If you require accommodations or more information for any event, 
please call 765-494-2530 or email latinocc@purdue.edu.
All are Welcome. Todos son bienvenidos. Todos são bem-vindos.