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Thousands of Latinx Tar Heels call UNC-Chapel Hill home, and the Carolina Latinx Center is strengthening and supporting that growing community through empowerment, collaboration and service.
The center provides students, faculty and staff with support and opportunities to explore Latinx cultures, histories and traditions and to then use that understanding to work across racial and ethnic communities.
For nearly a decade, the Carolina Latina/o Collaborative served as a hub for the Latinx community on campus, providing an outlet for events and a space for students to organize and for faculty to connect with the community. In the fall of 2019, the University officially opened the organization’s home: the Carolina Latinx Center.
Since gaining its own space in Abernethy Hall, the center has expanded its programming and support for Tar Heels and become a home for organizations dedicated to Carolina’s Latinx students and a study and social space with workrooms, offices and common areas.
It’s a recognition of the community. It’s a recognition and understanding that Latinos here are not only an important aspect of the community, but they have a value that they provide. I think it is important to be able to celebrate and acknowledge the importance of their presence.
Josmell Perez, director of the Carolina Latinx Center
In a collaboration between the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Office and the Carolina Latinx Center, the Carolina Leadership Institute is a year-long, highly interactive leadership development program for Latinx undergraduate students throughout the state of North Carolina.
ENLACES is a pilot program launched by the Carolina Latinx Center to engage students in the direct engagement and representation of the center through volunteer efforts within the Carolina community and beyond into Chapel Hill and the surrounding area.
Consisting of faculty from the College and the professional schools, the Carolina Latinx Faculty Council works to address issues and concerns facing Carolina's Latinx community and provide mentorship for Latinx faculty.
The consortium at UNC-Chapel Hill, including the Carolina Latinx Center, melds the expertise and resources of four allies to focus on issues of race, ethnicity, equity and justice as they explore ways to broaden public conversations about those issues.
UNC-Chapel Hill will celebrate Latinx Heritage Month from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15. The celebration is led by the Carolina Latinx Center in collaboration with organizations and departments from across campus.
This year's theme for the celebration is "Vivir Mi Vida," or "live my life," with a focus on sharing the stories of the Latinx community and encouraging students to express their authentic selves.
Join the Carolina Latinx Center's monthly series, Churros y Chisme. This is an opportunity for students, faculty and staff to have a churro with us. This month's discussion will be on "Ni de Aqui, Ni de Alla." Come alone or bring a friend!
Clarinetist Matthew Svec will perform music by Latin American composers in Hill Hall at 3 p.m. The performance at Moeser Auditorium is free.
David Garcia, the chair of the College of Arts and Sciences' music department, and Associate Professor Juan Alamo will lead an exploration of African and Indigenous roots of Latin American music at RTI International. The event will also be available via Zoom.
Gold-medal-winning gymnast Laurie Hernandez will headline the month of events at the annual Latinx Heritage Month Lecture on Oct. 5 at 7 p.m. Sponsored by the Carolina Latinx Center, the Carolina Union Activities Board and Student Life and Leadership, the address will be held at the Carolina Union's Great Hall.
Hosted by the Carolina Latinx Center and Student Life and Leadership, Titi Me Pregunto is a skills workshop on classic Latinx make-up looks.
Carolina will be celebrating the month with more than a dozen events, including lectures, film viewings, musical performances and workshops.