Fall 2019 Latino Cultural Center Events


A Screening of My Name is Maria de Jesus and Discussion with Filmmaker Marcella Ochoa and Mary Jessie Ochoa.

In 1950's Texas, Mexican American children were forced to abandon their Spanish language and culture. Thirty years later, one mother realizes the impact Americanization has on her child who is struggling to connect with her Latin heritage. Based on the true story of Mary Jessie and Marcella Ochoa.

Join us as we screen this 18 minute short film followed by a discussion with filmmaker Marcella Ochoa and Mary Jessie Ochoa.
Monday, September 16th, 2019, 6:00PM-7:00PM, Krannert Auditorium. 

An Evening with Dr. Ellen Ochoa, NASA Astronaut and First Hispanic Woman in Space Ideas Festival, Space Exploration

What IF We Lead an International Collaboration in Space Exploration?

Thursday, September 26th 2019. 6:30PM. Purdue Memorial Union South Ballroom.


ELLEN OCHOA is the first Hispanic woman ever to go to space. She’s also only the second female Director of NASA’s Johnson Space Center—where she led the human space flight enterprise for the nation from 2013 to 2018. Ochoa is a trailblazer like no other. As an in-demand speaker, she touches on resonant issues that have defined her historic career: What can we learn about change, innovation, and the culture of teams from her time at the upper reaches of NASA’s leadership? And what can we do—really do—to ensure that more women and minorities find a place within STEM fields? 

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Artivism and Reproductive Rights: A Discussion with Favianna Rodriguez

Thursday, October 10th, 6:00PM-7:15PM, Krannert Auditorium

Reproduce and Revolt: A Social Justice Poster Workshop with Favianna Rodriguez

Friday, October 11th, 11:00 AM-12PM and BCC Multipurpose Room 1


FAVIANNA RODRIGUEZ is an interdisciplinary artist, cultural strategist, and social justice activist based in Oakland, California. Her art and praxis address migration, economic inequality, gender justice, sexual freedom and ecology. Her practice boldly reshapes the myths, ideas, and cultural practices of the present, while confronting the wounds of the past. Favianna’s works serve as a record of her human experiences as a woman of color confronting interlocking cultural traditions and biases, while embracing joy, freedom and complexity as an antidote to the the life-long impacts of systemic inequality. Her signature mark-making embodies the perspective of a first-generation American Latinx artist with Afro-Latinx roots who grew up in working-class Oakland, California during the birth of internet, and in the midst of an era of anti-immigrant hate and the war on drugs.

As part of her practice, Favianna leads art interventions around the United States. Her artistic modalities include social practice, visual art, arts advocacy and institution building. Favianna collaborates deeply with social movements to co-create visual narratives and cultural strategies that are resilient and transformative. In addition to her expansive studio practices, she is the Executive Director of CultureStrike, a national arts organization that empowers artists to dream big, disrupt the status quo, and envision a truly just world rooted in shared humanity. In 2016, Favianna received the Robert Rauschenberg Artist as Activist Fellowship for her work around immigrant detention and mass incarceration. In 2017, she was awarded an Atlantic Fellowship for Racial Equity for her work around racial justice and climate change. In 2018, she began organizing with artists in the entertainment industry through 5050by2020.com, an initiative launched by Jill Soloway to build intersectional artist power.


Día de los muertos

Friday, November 1st, 6:00PM-8:00PM, PMU Ballrooms

Día de los muertos is a time to call upon our deceased loved ones, reflect on the life they lived. At Pudue University, it is a time to learn about the Día de los muertos traditions across Latin America and in the United States. Student organizations, academic units and departments as well as community organizations are invited to create altares that honor the dead and also educate the public. The evening also features other activities such as face-painting, traditional Latin American dances and decorating sugar-skulls. 

Sign up here to host an altar.

Co-Sponsored with the Purdue University Latinx Student Union


Comida para estudiar

Monday-Thursday, December 2nd-5th, 2019, 6:00 PM-8:00PM. Latino Cultural Center

The Latino Faculty and Staff Association (LaFaSA) gathers this week to provide comfort and a well-deserved break for Purdue students. Faculty and staff graciously provide home-cooked meals to students at the LCC; thus creating energy for the week of studying ahead and building community. This event is first-come, first-serve.

If you are interested in helping organize this event, contact Jesus Romero at romero28@purdue.edu

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.