H/LSA Programs

Hispanic/Latino Student Affairs offers a variety of programs that range in focus. Whether its a simple social, an educational or cultural program, or professional networking event, we strive to offer students the opportunity to explore, learn and develop. Our vibrant mix of programs unites, strengthens, and celebrates Northwestern’s Hispanic/Latino community.

If you have questions regarding any of the events on this page, please contact Alejandro Magana at alejandro.magana@northwestern.edu.

Below is a list of programs sponsored by Hispanic/Latino Student Affairs (H/LSA):

Latin@ Congratulatory

Latino Congratulatory CeremonyThe Latin@ Congratulatory is our way of recognizing and celebrating the accomplishments of Northwestern's Latin@ graduates. While the event has a special emphasis on our undergradutes, participation is open to any and all graduates who identify with the Hispanic/Latin@ community.

Click here for information on the 2014 Latin@ Congratulatory Celebration 

June 19, 2014 Parkes Hall 122, 1870 Sheridan Road. 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Cesar Chavez Calendar

Cesar Chavez face image

Hispanic/Latino Student Affairs in collaboration with Latino Latina Studies Department and Hispanic/Latino student groups host a number of events to celebrate the life and legacy of Cesar Chavez. The following is a list of events planned on and around the birthday of Cesar Chavez. If you would like to collaborate, sponsor or co-sponsor an event for the Cesar Chavez please contact the Director of H/LSA at alejandro.magana@northwestern.edu

Thursday, February 27
From Braceros to Civil Rights: The World of Cesar Chavez - Latina Latino Studies Dept.
Dr. Stephen Pitti – Yale University
Harris Hall 108 5:00pm-6:30pm

Friday, March 28
Release of Cesar Chavez Movie
Check Local Listings

Monday, March 31
Cesar Chavez Birthday Cake at the MCC – Lambda Theta Alpha Sorority, Mariachi Northwestern & H/LSA
1936 Sheridan Road; Multicultural Center 2:00pm

Friday, April 4
2014 National Cesar E. Chavez Blood Drive Challenge – Sigma Lambda Beta Fraternity
Norris Center Lake Room 9:30am-2:30pm
To pre-register visit www.northwesternbetas.webbly.com 

Saturday, April 5
Cesar Chavez Day of Service - Omega Delta Phi Fraternity
Norris Lake Room 9:00am – 4:30pm

Join the Knights in the Lake Room of Norris as we embark on a journey to serve the community and commemorate the life of César Chávez. We have sites ranging from Evanston Public Library, to Rogers Park to Back of the Yards. For Multicultural Greek Council members, this is a SPIRIT EVENT. Please sign up as early as possible so that we may better accommodate you. All service opportunities will be distributed as needed on a first-come, first-serve basis on the day of the event. 
To register visit www.nuodphi.com

Monday, April 7
Undocumented Odysseys: Stories of Border Crossings – Latina Latino Studies Dept.
Dr. Marta Caminero-Santangelo – University of Kansas
Harris Hall 108 5:00pm-6:30pm

2014 Series Contributors:
Hispanic Latino Student Affairs, Latina Latino Studies Program, Lambda Theta Alpha Sorority, Omega Delta Phi Fraternity, Sigma Lambda Beta Fraternity and Mariachi Northwestern

MSA First-Year Activities Board

Through MSA's First-Year Activities Board, you will meet and connect with other first-year students from around the University, learn about important resources designed to help you succeed at Northwestern, and develop important leadership skills that will last a lifetime. It's a fun, easy, and unique way of getting involved on campus. Membership is open to any first-year student. Don't wait! Fill out the membership form and join today!

Hispanic Heritage Celebration (HHC)

During Hispanic Heritage Celebration (HHC), the university community acknowledges this nationally recognized month. Although HHC is nationally celebrated in September, Northwestern’s celebration commences later in the year due to our academic calendar, which starts in late September. Our HHC celebratory events begin in October and continue into early November with a variety of programming including cultural shows, social gatherings, and educational speakers.

Festival LatiNU


Festival LatiNU is the kick-off event for Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration. Alianza-The Hispanic/Latino Student Alliance and Hispanic/Latino Student Affairs sponsor this event, which features musical and dance performances from Northwestern student groups and Chicago area groups. The program also features cuisines from various Latin American countries.

Dia De Los Muertos

Dia de Los Muertos, Day of the Dead ImageHispanic/Latino Student Affairs observes this traditional holiday on November 2nd. By displaying an altar at the Multicultural Center and encouraging people to place items on the altar, the community honors departed family members or friends. Sheil Catholic Center also offers a bilingual mass on the Sunday closest to November 2nd, where the significance of El Dia de los Muertos is explained.

Latin@ Networking Reception

Latino Alumni of Northwestern University at the Latino Networking GalaDuring the Winter Quarter, H/LSA partners with the Latino Alumni of Northwestern University (LANU) to host the Latin@ Networking Reception at the John Evans Alumni Center. This event provides Latino undergraduate students, graduate and professional students, faculty, staff, alumni and visiting professionals with an opportunity to network. One of the highlights of the evening is the presentation of the LANU Scholarship awarded to an undergraduate student.

The Hispanic/Latino Heritage Award

H/LSA Heritage Award is presented to one graduating senior at the Multicultural Student Affairs (MSA) Senior Celebration during the end of spring quarter.

Award Inscription:

The Hispanic/Latino Heritage Award is given in recognition of the individual who has demonstrated commitment, dedication, insight, leadership, and perseverance in his/her approach to life through continuous service to and support of the Northwestern Hispanic/Latino community.

Past Recipients:

  • 2013 Sandra Garnica
  • 2012 Luis Frausto
  • 2011 Lilliana Franco
  • 2010 Ivette De Moya
  • 2009 Esperanza Salgado/Jessica Lozada
  • 2008 Nicolas Contag
  • 2007 Sonia Hart
  • 2006 Ana Valenzuela