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Latino Heritage Month - LHM

The LCC is a leading force in the local 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 focused on Latino cultures. The LCC is always looking for new people to get involved. As always, people of all backgrounds are encouraged to help plan these exciting activities.

Some of the past events include visits and discussions by scholars like John Coatsworth, Felipe Luciano, Luis Urrea, Marjorie Agosín, Ronald Takaki, Patrisia Gonzales and Roberto Rodriguez. As well as cultural explorations to Chicago’s Pilsen/Little Village, Chinatown, and Paseo Boricua neighborhoods. Also screenings of various films like Walkout, We Are One, Intacto, Farmingville, the Frontier, and Gaijin.

Día de los Muertos - DDLM

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.

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.


Semana de la Raza

During the first week of March, the LCC shows solidarity with the National Week of Action events by hosting Semana de la Raza/Week of the People. This week is devoted to bringing attention to issues of social justice and equality while concurrently serving as a celebration of cultural diversity and promotion of unity. Past events have included visits and discussions lead by scholars such as Christina Abreu and John Clark. As well as live performances by spoken word poet Oveus Maximus, perfomers Fred Ho and Magdalena Gomez. Film screenings of Maquilopolis, the Motorcycle Diaries, a Day Without a Mexican and Trade have also been a part of the Semana de la Raza celebration.

Día de la Familia - DDLF

Every year around April 11, the LCC celebrates its founding and evolution throughout the years. Since opening in 2003, the LCC uses this day to celebrate all the contributions from students, faculty and staff, departments across campus, donors, alumni, and the community. Día de la Familia celebrates all those who have made the LCC’s success possible and recognize them as family. Please join the celebration each spring!

Some of the past activities for DDLF include performances by La Milonguera Tango Club, Purdue Capoeira Club, and the Latin American Sound Machine. Other activities have included the dedication of artwork to the LCC, breaking piñatas, and many other child friendly activities!

Latino 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.

Past workshops topics

  • Professional etiquette
  • Building bridges for leadership success
  • Building mutually beneficial relationships
  • Community coalitions
  • Cross cultural communication
  • Diversity skills for leaders
  • Sexual assault awareness
  • Accountability within organizations
  • How to effectively plan programs
  • And many more!