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Latino Resource Center (LRC) – Angelica Mendoza

Under the Division of Academic Affairs, the Latino Resource Center focuses on student-centered service by developing partnerships focused on student learning while establishing an inclusive community that builds collaborative relationships across campus and the surrounding community.

*Latin Chill, Latino Heritage Month (September 15- October 15, focused on understanding, acknowledging and appreciating Latino culture), Diversity Reverse Career, Admission Open Houses/Transfer Days/Special Tour Requests. Speaking to prospective and incoming students about resources and services. DeKalb High School VALU After school program focused on mentoring and tutoring Latino youth, Main office Front Desk Coverage

Center for Latino and Latin American Studies (CLLAS) – Sandy Lopez

The Center for Latino and Latin American Studies (CLLAS) is an interdisciplinary research and teaching unit that offers academic programs for students, faculty, and the community, designed to broaden our knowledge of Latin American civilization and the history of Latinos in the United States. The Center sponsors study abroad programs, faculty-led graduate and undergraduate research projects, and colloquium speakers on Latino and Latin American Studies. The Center’s interdisciplinary minor provides students with knowledge of Latin American civilization and the Latino experience in the United States. It is beneficial to students interested in teaching, public service, health care, business, law, the arts and humanities, social sciences, media studies, and other fields of study. It also provides Latino students with a broader understanding of their history and culture.

*Have HSS assist with Admissions events: Open house, Admitted student days, Transfers Get information Fridays, Admission presentations done by our center, Activities for the CLLAS: Area studies open house, Latin Chill, Latino and Latin American Film Series, Latin Jazz, Colloquium speaker series, update scholarship guide for our center, Speak at NIU classes regarding the minor in Latino and Latin American Studies,  Latino Oral History project: Assist with setting up interviews, update contacts database, assist students working on this project with interviewing and transcription

Parent University (P-20) – Susana DasNeves

Parent University is a program that aims to increase parents’ personal, professional and leadership development to support and encourage their students’ academic success and transition to post-secondary education. The Parent University delivers a series of workshops to assist parents in their own personal and career development and to provide a learning community that will increase parent involvement in their children’s academic success. The target population of this program are Latino parents from DeKalb and Sycamore school districts. ALL sessions are conducted in Spanish.

*Parent University meets once a week at DeKalb High School. Volunteer commitment will be 5-8:30 p.m. for sessions to set-up and organize materials for childcare and parents' sessions.  There is prep time that takes place prior to sessions that have to do with curriculum development, guest speakers confirmation, attendance sheets, messages to parents, search of community resources based on parents' needs, organization of application forms, needs assessment, and data entry of mid-term  and end of year parental feedback. HSS participants can assist in developing and implementing activities for childcare (ages 5-15) and/or assist children with homework while parents are in class. They can also facilitate session with parents on relevant topics related to parental support and roadmap to college.  A specific project would be to develop a community resources document in Spanish for parents that can be uploaded to parent university website.


Diversity & Equity – Jocelyn Santana

Diversity and Equity is a unit within the Office of Academic Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Our focus is on helping NIU's diverse student population succeed in their educational goals, find supportive communities and graduate with the skills and experience needed to coexist with people from all backgrounds.

Marketing (social media), presentations for Diversity/Social Justice (training included, program assessment

STEM Outreach – Sam Watt

NIU STEM Outreach increases STEM literacy and interest for K-12 students, families, and educators.

We deliver off-campus programs and on-campus activities that increase science, technology, engineering, and mathematics literacy and enthusiasm among P-12 students, their families, and educators. Our office is also a central place to find information on the numerous outreach programs offered by NIU's STEM departments and the colleges.

*STEM Saturdays, STEMfest, STEM camps, demo shows for schools