Latinx Affinity Community

Bienvendos a NIU! The Latinx Community is here to support students who identify as Latino, Latina or Latinx and/or want to explore more about Latinx cultures and identity. Those living in this community can connect with peers, faculty and staff that serve as a support and resource. 

Community Highlights


  • Latino Heritage Month events throughout the year
  • Game and movie nights
  • Study tables at the Latino Resource Center
  • Group social activities

As part of the community, we require taking LATS 100: Introduction to Latin American Studies and LATS 101: Introduction to Latino Studies with your peers deepens your learning of Latino and Latin American culture!

New to NIU? In addition to joining this community, we also recommend you join the Mentoring and Engaging Thru Academic Success program (METAS).

For More Information

To learn more about the Latinx Community, contact the program coordinator:

Elbia Del Llano Menéndez
Latino Resource Center

Darius Jackson
Center for Latino and Latin American Studies


  • You must attend a minimum of one event hosted by the Latino Resource Center and one by the Center for Latino and Latin American Studies per semester.
  • Complete LATS 100 and LATS 101.
  • Open to all undergraduate students; preference is given to new, incoming transfer student freshmen or sophomores.

How to Sign Up

  1. Send an email from your NIU student Z-ID email address to, and indicating that you are interested in living in this community.
  2. Once we receive your email, Darius Jackson, Ph.D., and Elbia Del Llano, the community coordinators, will contact you and confirm with Housing and Residential Services that you are approved.
  3. Housing and Residential Services will then place you into the community and you will be able to look up your booking on your MyHousing portal to select from available spaces.

Contact Us

Housing and Residential Services
Neptune East 101

Additional Contact Info

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