Spring 2021 Events


The Politics of Hair: A Conversation with Sulma Arzu-Brown, Julissa Prado, and Ona Diaz-Santin

Monday, April 12, 5PM EDT, Live-Streamed Event

Co-Sponsors: Latino Cultural Center, Sigma Lambda Gamma Sorority, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, and One World, One Purdue 

This panel discussion explores the politics of hair and the role hair biases play in influencing how one navigates different professional and social spaces. Through their experiences, this panel of experts will share how embracing their hair has led to empowerment and success. Attendees will learn about the historical, societal, and cultural impact of hair and learn how they can help challenge negative perceptions. 

This event is free and open to the public. Access the event here via Zoom.


Sulma Arzu-Brown is a proud Garifuna, Afro-Latina immigrant from Honduras raised in the South Bronx. An advocate and educator, Sulma has been working professionally as a champion for Diversity and Inclusion. She is the author of Bad Hair Does Not Exist and My Hair Comes With Me.

Renowned hair stylist Ona Diaz-Santin, is one of the most highly sought-after Latina hair stylists in NJ/NYC area. A celebrity stylist, educator and curl expert, Ona is the CEO of 5 Salon & Spa. Her clients dubbed her “The Hair Saint” who felt she provided a full healing and soothing experience. 

Julissa Prado is the Afro-Mexican founder of Rizos Curls, an all natural product line for curly, textured hair. Julissa saw that women in her community did not embrace their natural look or needed the knowhow to style their hair. With Rizos Curls, she created a product that would help women embrace their natural hair.

ESL Challenges in Academia: Dominance of English Language as a Barrier for Science

Wednesday, April 14, 7PM EDT, Live-Streamed Event

Join us in this event where Valeria Ramirez, PhD Candidate at UC Berkeley, will present the challenges faced by researchers who have English as a Second Language. A Panel with Purdue Faculty and Students will follow her presentation, as well as a public Q&A. This event is co-hosted with the Asian and Asian American Resource and Cultural Center, and the Colombian Student Organization at Purdue.

Register here: tinyurl.com/ESLChallenges

Co-Sponsors: Asian American and Asian Resource and Cultural Center and the Colombian Student Association at Purdue

About Valeria Ramirez's presentation:

"The success of a scientist depends on their production of scientific papers and the impact factor of the journal in which they publish. Because most major scientific journals are published in English, success is related to publishing in this language. Thus, understanding the disadvantages that EFL scientists face in publishing is crucial to reducing global inequality in science. Although having a common language is important for science communication, generating multilinguistic alternatives would promote diversity while conserving a communication channel. Such an effort should come from different actors and should not fall solely on EFL researchers. Overall, this presentation will exhibit the negative consequences of the hegemony of English that preserves the global gap in science and will mention some ideas to face this barrier. Finally, I will share some experiences on multilinguistic science and develop an activity to promote this discussion inside the Purdue community."


Latinx Graduation Ceremony

Friday, May 14th, 6:00 PM EST, Live-Streamed Event

Co-Sponsored with the Purdue Latino Alumni Organization

All graduating students 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.

If you are a Purdue student graduating in 2021, RSVP here.

If you are a family member or friend of a graduating student, send a congratulatory message here.

If you are faculty or staff, send a congratulatory message here.


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.