Conexiones Student Retreat
Conexiones is a retreat for all Purdue students. This retreat connects students to one another, to the Latino Cultural Center (LCC) and to resources at Purdue. Students kick off the day with a Latinx-based and multicultural resource fair. Purdue faculty and staff, along with guest speakers, facilitate workshops desinged to prompt meaningful dialogue and learning opportunities that are unique to the Latinx student experience. This retreat occurs the first Saturday of the semester. Register here.
El Puente: Latino Cultural Center Open House
El Puente (the bridge) is the LCC's annual resource and welcome fair. It bridges students, faculty and staff to the resources avaialble at Purdue University and the LCC. Departments, academic units and community organizations are invited to participate in the fair. El Puente occurs on the first Wednesday of the Fall semester. Sign up to table here. All are welcome!
National Latinx Heritage Month
National Hispanic Heritage month is observed during September 15th-October 15th each year. September 15th is significant as it is the anniversary of the independence of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaruaga. In 1968, President Lyndon Johnson recongized Hispanic Heritage Week. Twenty years later, President Ronald Regan expanded the week into a 30-day period and it was enacted into law on August 17th 1988.
The Purdue University Latino Cultural Center celebrates the complex histories, identities and achievements of Latinx communities with a special topic each year. See our events page to learn more about National Latinx Heritage month at Purdue.
Día de los muertos
Each November 2nd (or as close to the day as possible) the Purdue University Latino Cultural Center gathers to call upon our ancestors who have passed, and to celebrate their life and death. In 2008, UNESCO recognized the importance of Día de los muertos by adding the holiday to its list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Day of the Dead originated several thousand years ago with the Aztec, Toltec, and other Nahua people. For these pre-Hispanic cultures, death was a natural phase in life’s long continuum. The dead were still members of the community, kept alive in memory and spirit—and during Día de los Muertos, they temporarily returned to Earth.
At Purdue, departments, academic units, student and community organizations create altars that honor the dead and also provide learning opporutnities for the community. We give the community to participate in rituals and traditions such as eating pan de muerto and decorating sugar skulls. See our events page to learn more about this event at Purdue University. Sign up here to host an altar.
Día de la familia
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.
Latinx Graduation Ceremony
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 accomplsihments of the graduating class and recongizes the efforts of their family and friends in the process.