Sister talk sip and paint September 2022

Join us as we celebrate Latinx Heritage Month! This year's events will be in hybrid format (in person and virtual). Contact Valentina Gamboa-Turner at with any questions.

Hispanic-Serving Institution Week Kickoff
B Building Unity/UNIDOS Block Party

When: 1-4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13
Location: University Commons/Building B Hall

This is a kickoff for National Hispanic Serving Institute Week. Students, staff and faculty are invited to meet at on the University Commons for some food, art and dancing with DJ and artist Victor Montanez. Building B departments include Nontraditional Degree Programs, University Honors Program, McNair, University Technology Services, Student Counseling, Student Career Services and the Pedroso Center. This event is co-sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs and the Pedroso Center.

Pedroso Reception for Tik Talk Speaker

When: 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13
Location: Pedroso Center (Room B 159)

Part of Pedroso Center's Latinx and HSI Week inaugural event. Students, faculty and staff gather for a brief meet and greet with Isais Perez. By invitation only.

Tik Talk Speaker The Latino Teacher Event 

When: 5-6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13
Location: Alumni Hall (Room SU 115) and Instagram live @pedrosocenter or via Zoom.

NEIU’s double alumnus Isaias Perez has taught for Chicago Public Schools as a high school math teacher for the past 10 years. He has gained popularity on TikTok with an audience of more than 240,000 by sharing his experience as a dreamer, a college student and an educator.  

Latinx Kick-Off Aztec Ceremony

When: 1:30-2:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept.15
Location: University Commons

Izayo Mazehualli is a Chicanx artist of Nahua and Purepecha descent. His experiential artwork explores pre-European Mesoamerican practices in the form of ritual dance and ceremony. He currently teaches Aztec dance to Chicago youth and frequently travels to Mexico where he conducts anthropological research on Indigenous cosmology.

Viva Mexico-Latinx Kick-off

When: 3:30-4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15
Location: Main Campus, Alumni Hall

Join the PHIOTAS as they celebrate Latinx Heritage.

Contact: Alan Mares,

La Copa Soccer Tournament

When: 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Sept. 17
Location: In person at the Physical Education Complex soccer field 

Sign up TO PLAY

Teams will be 7 vs. 7, which includes the keeper. We will assign players to teams to evenly distribute age, gender, and skill level. The goal for the tournament is to have fun! There will be a total of five teams. Each team will play each other once, thus each team will play a total of four times. The games will last 20 minutes, divided into two 10‐minute halves. If you would like to participate in the tournament, please complete the sign-up form.


If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Valentina Gamboa-Turner at

Latinx Art Gallery: Art in the Intersections of Latinx identiny, Disability Justice and Undocumented Communities

When: 3-5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20
Location: Pedroso Center (Room B 159)

Artist Genevieve was born and raised in the Chicago suburbs. At the age of 20, she survived a car accident with many injuries. During her rehabilitation, she discovered her gift as a painter through art therapy. Since then, Genevieve has been a self-taught artist and has participated in various shows and galleries. She is also a member of the Cambiando Vidas organization dedicated to Latinx people with disabilities. The organization has evolved to include immigrants from other communities and Latinx folks.

Undocumented Student Ally Training 

  • 5:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22 (Virtual)
  • 2-5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13 (Location to be determined)

Sign up to attend. 

Undocumented Student Resources presents the Faculty & Staff Undocumented Student Ally trainings for Fall 2022. The training consists of a three-hour training with breaks in between and a certificate of completion. Sessions will be held virtually and in person; please select one session. For questions, please contact or (773) 442-4601.  

To request disability accommodations, please contact Student Disability Services at (773) 442-4595 or at least 48 hours in advance.

Contact by email at

En La Cocina: Chef María José (MJ)

When: 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4
Location: Pedroso Center (Room B 159)

This is part of our intercultural unity and healing cooking series. Ingredients will be provided by the NEIU Student Food Pantry. Community is welcomed to learn how to prepare a healthy meal that is rooted in Latinx culture. This Cultural Cooking series will be repeated monthly during our corresponding heritage month programming.

Indigenous and African Influence in Latin America

When: 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4
Location: Pedroso Center (Room B 159)

This is a panel discussion with student, staff and community partners engaging the questions around cultural identity and historical understandings of how our African and Indigenous heritage is intertwined.

Latinx Showcase: Closing Ceremony

When: 6:30-9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13
Location: Main Campus, University Commons

Join the PHIOTAS as they celebrate and close out Latinx Heritage Month.

Contact: Alan Mares,