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The Latino Cultural Center is the hub for Latino students and student organizations,and individual community members interested in learning more about Latino culture. The center is composed of two main parts, the business offices of the student organizations, and the lounge for academic and social activities where students meet to study, to socialize, and to hold cultural and social events.

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Annual Events

The Latino Cultural Center (LCC) holds three large annual events along with multiple smaller events including study breaks and game nights.

Cena a las Seis, or "Dinner at Six," is an annual LCC-orgnaized Family Weekend event where we bring MIT students and their families together for a semi-formal evening of Latino cuisine and student performances and presentations.

¡Gala Sabrosura!, the semi-formal Latino cultural night, is held during the spring semester. In the past, the event has been very successful, attracting attendances of over 150 guests.

Festival de las Americas (previously known as Fiesta Latinoamericana) is to promote Latino culture and food to the greater MIT community during Mes Latino. To participate in the activity, guests must walk around the “festival” and answer trivia questions about Latin America (which are posed by representatives from the different LCC groups). After answering at least three questions, guests can turn in their vouchers for delicious cultural food.

History

During the 2001-2002 academic year, the Latino community on MIT's campus , with alumni support, raised some serious concerns about feeling under- supported by the Office of Minority Education, the Division of Student Life, and the Latino faculty. As part of the response to these issues, in the summer of 2002, the Latino Cultural Center was created at the direction of the then-Deans Larry Benedict (Division of Student Life ) and Robert Redwine (Dean for Undergraduate Education)

In the fall of 2002, the LCC opened to provide students, particularly Latino students, with a place to share and enjoy Latino culture on MIT's campus. Key students involved in the creation of the LCC were Desiree Ramírez, Terrance Strader, and Ray Morales, who all worked persistently to make the long sought concept of the LCC a reality.

Affiliated Organizations

APR: The Association of Puerto Ricans Casino Rueda LUChA: La Union Chicana Por Aztlán MAES: Society of Latino Engineers and Scientists Latinas Mujeres Latinas SHPE: Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers

External Links

http://latino.mit.edu Latino Cultural Center

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