The vision of the Latino Native American Cultural Center (LNACC) is to develop and foster a sense of belonging where students can authentically engage with their personal, academic, cultural, emotional, and spiritual identities in a safe, trusting, loving, non-competitive, non-judgmental, yet challenging space. The Latino Native American Cultural Center is a living being that carries ancestral knowledge and history through the liveliness in our students' celebrations, passions, and overall vibrance of the center. Celebrating our daily existence and our ancestors is a value that we honor when being of service to the students, community, and future generations.
Three Latina/o professors discuss topics and interview guests central to Latina/Latino/Latinx Studies today.
The 2019-20 Mellon Sawyer Seminar, Imagining Latinidades: Articulations of National Belonging, is co-directed by UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Latina/o Studies Program faculty member Darrel Wanzer-Serrano (Communication Studies), Rene Rocha (Political Science), and Ariana Ruiz (Spanish & Portuguese), with assistance from post-doctoral fellow Lisa Ortiz. Imagining Latinidades” builds upon the strong foundation of the UI's interdisciplinary Latina/o Studies Program, itself an outgrowth of the Obermann Center's 2012 Humanities Symposium, The Latino Midwest.
Migration is Beautiful is an initiative of the Iowa Women’s Archives at the University of Iowa Libraries. It speaks to the centrality of migration in understanding and interpreting Iowa history, a history shaped first by Native Americans and later by the migration paths of immigrants from around the world. Despite their significant presence in Iowa, Latina/os have remained invisible in mainstream narratives of Iowa history. This website seeks to illuminate their contributions to Iowa’s economic, social, and cultural history, beginning with the settlement of Mexicans and Mexican Americans in Iowa over a hundred years ago and extending to Puerto Rican Americans and Central Americans.