Office Spotlight: Latino Student Affairs

Published on Nov 18, 2014

Latino Cultural Affairs is one of five offices in Multicultural Affairs that dedicates a space for the diverse cultures that make up Columbia College Chicago. This space exists to support the backgrounds of all students and provides educational and interactive events and support groups for students to integrate themselves in a global society.  

Latino Cultural Affairs is a center for cultural expression, advocacy, and personal and professional development for students from all Latino communities and countries. There are more than 1,300 students of Latino ancestry enrolled at Columbia College Chicago who share the cultures and traditions of Central America, South America, Mexico, and the Caribbean with the entire campus.

Latino Cultural Affairs coordinates a number of events and programs throughout the year including CCC’s Latino Heritage Celebration and the Latino Student Short Film Competition which highlights student short films made by Latino student filmmakers or exploring a Latino theme.

In addition, the office publishes their own newsletter, El Columbiano, which highlights the Latino community on campus, offers scholarship and professional resources, and features artistic work from current students

The office also works actively with the Latino Alliance student organization, a group that serves as a family away from home for students of Latino heritage. In partnership with the office, the organization coordinates a variety of social, academic, philanthropic, and cultural programs throughout the year and supports fellow students in their academic and professional pursuits. 

If you want to further your studies on Latino culture, Columbia College offers a Latino and Latin American Studies minor. This minor offers courses in the historical and cultural development of Hispanic/Latin American people through the study of language, literature, art (visual and performing), and social institutions.

By studying the ethnic experiences of the Latino/Hispanic population in the Americas, students will understand the multicultural complexities of the United States and Latin America and note the significance of their contributions to society.