3 October 2013
Cornell’s Latino Living Center (LLC) celebrates its 20th anniversary this year at the annual Latino Unity Dinner on Friday, October 18, held in conjunction with the Latina/o Studies Program.
LLC was established in 1994 as a result of student activism on Cornell’s campus. After a Latino art exhibit on the Arts Quad was vandalized, students demonstrated to demand respect for and recognition of Cornell’s Latino community. On November 17, 1993, Latino students and other sympathizers took over Day Hall. The creation of a Latino living community was one of nine demands these students made of the University administration.
Originally located on West Campus, LLC moved in 2000 to its current location in Anna Comstock Hall on North Campus. Murals from the original building depicting the center’s history were carved from the walls and installed in the suites of the new LLC. Today, the LLC community is made up of 55 students of a variety of ethnic and cultural backgrounds, along with a Residence Hall Director, and affiliated Faculty Fellows. It is one of Cornell’s eight Program Houses, or themed residential communities, and benefits from close collaboration and shared programming with the Latina/o Studies Program. LLC is especially known for its weekly “Café con Leche” discussion series.
Cornell’s 21st annual Latino Unity Dinner, celebrating the LLC’s rich 20-year history on campus, will take place on Friday, October 18 in Willard Straight Hall Memorial Room. The event will start with cocktails at 5:30pm, followed by dinner at 6:45pm, and a program featuring keynote speaker Adrienne Martinez, ILR ’01, MBA ’08. Tickets are free, but limited; interested parties may stop by the Latina/o Students Program Office at 434 Rockefeller Hall. More information can be found by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Latino Living Center celebrates Latino culture and heritage, with programming and hosted events including the Café Con Leche weekly discussion series, Latino Heritage Month festivities, Dia de los Muertos celebrations, Day Hall Takeover Commemoration Week, and regular community dinners and gatherings. It collaborates closely with Cornell’s Latina/o Studies Program, and serves as a community hub for the University’s Latino and Latina students and faculty.
The Latina/o Studies Program (LSP), located in Rockefeller Hall 4th floor, houses the undergraduate and graduate minor in Latina/o Studies, the Latina/o Student Success Office, as well as the LSP Resource Center which includes a library, study area and computer lab. The minor offers a multi-disciplinary range of courses that enhance students’ understanding of Latinas/os in the United States, addressing topics such as immigration, politics, history, literature, health, and education. The LSP is a lively intellectual space, hosting a colloquium series, a Friday with Faculty Luncheon series, and many other events. For more information, please visit latino.cornell.edu.