Purdue’s Latino Cultural Center celebrating 10th anniversary

Apr 12, 2013

It’s been ten years since the Purdue Latino Cultural Center (LCC) was created.

Program Coordinator Omar Diaz says there has been a lot of growth over the past decade. The center moved into a new facility and now oversees 15 Latino-based organizations.

Diaz says another good thing is the programs and offerings are open to all.

“You don’t have to be Latino or Hispanic, or speak Spanish, to come into the Center, so a lot of students really enjoy that. It is very welcoming, friendly, and that they feel like they can make some meaningful relationships.”

The Latino Cultural Center is one of two such facilities in the state and offers social, cultural and academic programs.

Diaz says in the past decade, the university created a minor in Latino Studies. He says the LCC also offers a course called Humanigration.

“You go over migrant stories. You learn about the history of immigration in the United States. There’s a study abroad component, which is held during Spring Break. So you’re learning, but then you immerse yourself in the actual experience, so you get a sense of what’s going on that you just really can’t get from a classroom.”

Diaz says the Center’s motto is “all are welcome” – not just those of Latino origin.

An open house is set for Saturday afternoon at the Center. It’s at the corner of 6th and Russell streets.