Welcome to the LCC at MIT!

The Latino Cultural Center (LCC) functions as the hub for Latino students and student organizations, as well as individual community members interested in learning more about Latino culture. The LCC is composed of two main parts, the business offices of the student organizations, and the lounge for academic and social activities. The purpose of the LCC is to provide a space for students to meet with study groups or to study individually, to socialize, and to hold cultural and social events.

For more information about the LCC, check out newsletter, Voz Latina, for the month of April.

Announcements!

Festival De Las Americas 2014: MIT's Latino Leaders


During MIT's Mes Latino event - Festival de las Americas the LCC and Latino Organizations on campus focused on the theme of Latino Leaders . If you missed it here are some of MIT's own Latino Leaders that were featured for the event. I encourage you to learn a little bit about them- they are definitely an inspiring group.
  • L. Rafael Reif: 17th President of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Christine Ortiz: Morris Cohen Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
  • Marco Muñoz: Director of the Office of Global Initiatives
  • Enectali Figueroa-Feliciano: Associate Professor of Physics
  • Heidy M. González: Program Manager of Women and Gender Studies
  • Junot Díaz: Rudge and Nancy Allen Professor of Writing
  • Margarita Groeger: Senior Lecturer of Spanish Language
  • Karina Arnaez: Diversity Manager for the MIT School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences
  • Paulo Lozano: Associate Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics

History

During the 2001-2002 academic year, the Latino community on MIT's campus , with alumni support, raised some serious concerns about feeling under- supported by the Office of Minority Education, the Division of Student Life, and the Latino faculty. As part of the response to these issues, in the summer of 2002, the Latino Cultural Center (LCC) was created at the direction of the then-Deans Larry Benedict (Division of Student Life ) and Robert Redwine (Dean for Undergraduate Education). Latino student groups were given space (offices and a lounge in the basement of the Student Center, Building W20) - which they had never had before - and resources (a small budget and office supplies).

In the fall of 2002, the LCC opened to provide students, particularly Latino students, with a place to share and enjoy Latino culture on MIT's campus. Key students involved in the creation of the LCC were Desiree Ramírez, Terrance Strader, and Ray Morales, who all worked persistently to make the long sought concept of the LCC a reality. The LCC includes two areas: the main lounge is used by students for studying and socializing and by student groups for general body meetings, information sessions, academic programs, study groups, workshops, political and social activities, dance and theatrical rehearsals, and movie screenings. The office behind the lounge contains group storage space, computers for student use, and a meeting space that is used both for studying and for group executive board meetings.

For some, the LCC is a culturally-enriching space, while for others the Center is a much-needed reminder of life at home. Overall, the LCC is a place to study, spend time with friends, form support groups, network, and enjoy all aspects of Latino culture at MIT.

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"True wealth is not measured in money or status or power. It is measured in the legacy we leave behind for those we love and those we inspire"

-Cesar Chavez

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