Our next upcoming event is the LCC Fall Retreat!

It will be Sunday the 25th from 10:00 - 5:00 PM. Be sure to come by and check it out. We will be having a lot of fun and informative workshops.

Cena A Las Seis

Cena a las Seis, or "Dinner at Six," is an annual LCC-orgnaized Family Weekend event where we bring MIT students and their families together for a semi-formal evening of Latino cuisine and student performances and presentations. The student groups that annually participate in the organization and execution of this event are the Latino Cultural Center, La Union Chicana por Aztlan, the MIT Chapter of the Society of Latino Engineers and Scientists, the Association of Puerto Rican Students, Casino Rueda, Mujeres Latinas and the MIT Chapter of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers.

Gala Sabrosura!

Gala Sabrosura!, the semi-formal Latino cultural night, is held during the spring semester. In the past, the event has been very successful, attracting attendances of over 150 guests. This year, we hope to draw an even bigger and more diverse crowd by organizing a more aggressive advertising campaign and contracting a professional DJ to play only the best Latino music throughout the night. Please check back at the beginning of the spring semester for more details regarding Gala Sabrosura 2016!

Festival de las Americas

The purpose of Festival is to promote Latino culture and food to the greater MIT community during Mes Latino. To participate in the activity, guests must walk around the festival and answer trivia questions about Latin America (which are posed by representatives from the different LCC groups). After answering at least three questions, guests can turn in their vouchers for delicious cultural food. At the same time, the exhibitor groups have the chance to promote Latino culture and their respective organizations to the wider MIT community.

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 Ramirez, 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.

LCC Exec Board

Meet our awesome executive board for the 2016-2017 school year.

Deborah Plana

President

Raul Boquin

Vice President

Luzdary Ruelas

Director of External Affairs

Matias Hanco

Director of Finance

Naomi Quispe

Director of the Latino Leaders Assembly

Melissa Gianello

Historian

Partner Organizations

"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

Questions or Comments? Email us at lcc-exec@mit.edu