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For nearly a decade, the Carolina Latinx Collaborative was 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 students and the community at large. This week, the University officially opened the organization’s new home: the Carolina Latinx Center.
The Carolina Latinx Center provides students, faculty and staff the opportunity to explore Latinx cultures, histories and traditions and to use that understanding to work across racial and ethnic communities in North Carolina and the world.
Located at Abernethy Hall, the new center includes a student workroom, offices and common space, which will influence the amount and quality of programming, events, resources and support readily available for Carolina’s Latinx students.
The foundation has been laid. Now, we need to build the future
Josmell Perez, director of the Carolina Latinx Center
As soon as first-year student Gabriela Silva arrived in Chapel Hill in August, she stopped by the Carolina Latinx Center to learn more about the community it served and how she could help with the center's mission. Now a student ambassador for the program, the Brazil native is working to create a more inclusive campus.
When Paul Cuadros, an associate professor in the Hussman School of Journalism and Media, first started reporting on immigration in Siler City in 1999, the local high school didn't have a soccer team. Cuadros launched the school’s program in 2002 and in turn invigorated the town's Latinx community.
The daughter of Salvadoran immigrants, Carolina alumna Cecilia Polanco turned her passion for cooking into a business while majoring in global studies. Today, her food truck, So Good Pupusas, not only shares her culture with the Triangle but supports North Carolina's Latinx community through a scholarship program.