Mission and Vision

The Latino Resource Center (LRC) is a diversity center under the Division of Academic Affairs at NIU designed to serve the Latina/o student population. The LRC promotes a social justice agenda and an inclusive environment where we seek to recruit, retain, empower and advance Latina/o students at NIU. We achieve this mission by offering mentoring programs, leadership programs, peer support groups and academic advancement programs.

The LRC also possesses a strong commitment to the following:

  • Providing a safe space for all students irrespective of nationality, language, gender, sexual orientation, citizenship or immigrant status. To support the development of self-advocacy of students so that they may attain their academic and professional aspirations.

  • Understanding the value of family involvement in a student’s educational journey and engaging the family unit through outreach initiatives and community collaboration.

  • Promoting an agenda that supports Latino student success by actively participating in nationwide and statewide movements and seeking ways to collaborate with local entities.

  • Developing programs that not only target the needs of students but also focus on the immediate issues and concerns of our community.

Contact Us

515 Garden Road
DeKalb, IL 60115

Hours of Operation


Monday-Thursday: 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Friday by appointment

Luis Santos-Rivas
Elbia Del Llano Menéndez
Lisa Vargen

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