“You can cut all the flowers, but you cannot stop spring from coming”  Pablo Neruda


The Resource Center fosters an environment of transformative education that provides support, thought-provoking educational experiences, and participatory learning opportunities to increase retention and graduation for Latino/a student on our campus.

Students engage in celebrations and authentic cultural dialogue around identity, unity, and a sense of pride of heritage that will strengthen their cultural awareness.

The Resource Center engages with community based initiatives, educational institutions, research,  and outreach in order to better assess and address the needs of Latino/a students, faculty, staff, administrators, alumni, and members of the community.

The Resource Center is a gathering space for our students, staff, and faculty to make cultural connections.

The Resource Center hosts programs that advocate for the needs and concerns of Latino/a students and eradicate barriers that enable an infusion of multiculturalism.

Da Barbershop- Is a series of workshops and/or events for Latino males that will address issues of gender identity for men of color.  Issues such as gender roles, class, sexual orientation, race, racism, education, manhood, economics, crime, violence, and other issues that impact their professional and personal growth.

 

Comadre Network - The Comadre Network is a womyn’s initiative focusing on the professional development of Latina students at NEIU. By providing a 12-week long intensive series of workshops, seminars, and field experience participants will build upon their skill sets to attain post-baccalaureate options for employment and/or graduate school. The program also works to identify issues that impact participants’ personal and professional growth and development.

 

Nuestras Communidades (Our Communities) - Latino Resource Center Community Visits will be created for students, faculty, and staff to be able to visit different Latino communities in the Chicagoland area. Collaborations will be made with various non-profit organizations, cultural centers, museums, educational and faith based organizations in order to enhance the understanding of systems and organizations within the Latino community. Resources will build internship, research, and community service opportunities.

 

20/20 Leadership Institute - According to a preliminary look at graduation and retention data, if we can retain an additional 20 Latina/o and 20 African American students a year, we can make an impact on the retention rates for these student populations.  20/20 will be a culturally relevant leadership institute that will work to reduce the time to completion for Latino and African American students at NEIU. By its fourth year 20/20 will be working with 160 students per year.

Signature Programs

our history

From a simple portable trailer that was known as “P1” that was set up as a gathering space for minority students, faculty, and staff to provide support mechanisms for minority students on campus, came the vision for the need of a Latino Resource Center, the Angelina Pedroso Center for Diversity and Intercultural Affairs.  Through activism, inspiration, and collaboration between students, student organizations, administrators, community leaders, and alumni, the vision became reality!

our Principles

The Latino Resource Center supports the core values of diversity and multiculturalism in the mission of NEIU and the Pedroso Center’s commitment to social justice through Advocacy on behalf of Latina/o students, faculty, staff, alumni, and other members of the NEIU community.  The Resource Center provides programs and initiatives that enhance Social Enrichment, Cultural Awareness, Academic Success, Leadership Development, and Community Engagement.