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LATINO STUDIES Latino Organizations for Chicago Immersion


									                         LATINA/O STUDIES
     Organizations that may fulfill Immersion Component for Majors

Through Northwestern University’s NCDC:

Centro Romero (Rogers Park)
Centro Romero is a community-based organization that serves the refugee immigrant
population on the northeast side of Chicago. Their mission is to provide opportunities for
those community residents with the fewest options. Through education and, Centro
Romero emphasizes the development of the whole family unit, the creation of community
leadership and self-reliance.

Heartland Alliance (Uptown)
Heartland Alliance advances the human rights and responds to the human needs of
endangered populations – particularly the poor, the isolated, and the displaced – through
the provision of comprehensive and respectful services and the promotion of permanent
solutions leading to a more just global society.

SELF (Uptown)

Through Northwestern University’s Chicago Field Studies:

Illinois Coalition of Immigrant & Refugee Rights
The Illinois Coalition for Immigrants and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) is dedicated to
promoting the rights of immigrants and refugees to full and equal participation in the
civic, cultural, social, and political life of our diverse society. In partnership with its
member organizations, ICIRR educates and organizes immigrant and refugee
communities to assert their rights; promotes citizenship and civic participation; monitors,
analyzes, and advocates on immigrant-related issues; and, informs the general public
about the contributions of immigrants and refugees.

Interfaith Worker Rights Center (Chicago ARISE)
The mission of Arise Chicago is to build partnerships between faith communities and
workers to fight workplace injustice through education and organizing and advocating for
public policy changes.

National Immigrant Justice Center
The National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) is dedicated to ensuring human rights
protections and access to justice for all immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers. NIJC
provides direct legal services to and advocates for these populations through policy
reform, impact litigation, and public education.

Organizations Across Chicagoland

Albany Park Community Center
The Albany Park Community Center educates and supports members of the community
as they determine their own path of growth and development, by providing diverse
programs and services for individuals, families, groups, and businesses.

Alianza Leadership Institute
The mission of the Alianza Leadership Institute is to build the capacity of Latino leaders,
organizers and associations to foment community and social change. Alianza envisions
powerful, self-determined Latino communities developing human capital through
community organizing to create a better society.

Alivio Medical Center
Alivio Medical Center is a bilingual, bicultural organization committed to providing
access to quality cost-effective health care to the Latino community, the uninsured and
underinsured, and not to the exclusion of other cultures and races.

Café Teatro Batey Urbano
The purpose of Batey Urbano is to draw college students into the community, bringing
college resources and connections with them. Their aim is to promote participation in
changing and developing a positive image of both the youth and the community, and to
develop a direct tie with community artists – providing a viewing/exhibition space for
their artwork. Batey Urbano tries to create a space, which cultivates Puerto Rican/Latino
youth who contribute to their community as socially conscious artists, poets, and

CALOR a division of Anixter Center
CALOR helps people with disabilities to lead healthier and more productive lives. Their
bilingual staff assists individuals with disabilities and their families, including those
impacted by HIV/AIDS, to identify their needs and design a plan to best meet them.

Centro San Bonifacio of Chicago
The mission of Centro San Bonifacio of Chicago is to promote personal and collective
self-development with the immigrant Hispanic community through programs based on
needs related to health, education, solidarity and human rights.

Coalition of African, Arab, Asian, European and Latino Immigrants of Illinois
The Coalition of African, Arab, Asian, European and Latino Immigrants of Illinois
(CAAAELII)’s mission is to strengthen diverse voices of inter-generational immigrant
and refugee communities by building alliances through a transformative process to
develop grassroots power that impacts public policy. The CAAAELII also tries to engage
the people and raise their voices to assert human and civil rights, promoting peoples’
participation and integration into a democratic society.

East Village Youth Program
The mission of the East Village Youth Program (EVYP) is to encourage and prepare
primarily low-income, Latino youth for a college education. EVYP further strives to
support these youth as they pursue their college degrees and enter professional careers.

El Valor
El Valor’s mission is to support and challenge urban families to achieve excellence and
participate fully in community life. Their programs exist to enrich and empower people
with disabilities, the disenfranchised, and the underserved.

Erie Neighborhood House
Erie Neighborhood House empowers Latino and diverse low-income communities to
reach their fullest potential with a range of award-winning educational programs for all
ages. Their mission is to promote a just and inclusive society by strengthening low-
income, primarily Latino families through skill-building, access to critical resources,
advocacy, and collaborative action.

HACE – Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement
The mission of HACE is to inspire and guide Latinos in achieving their educational and
professional aspirations and positively contributing to our communities.

Hispanic Housing Development Corporation
The Hispanic Housing Development Corporation builds comfortable housing that
becomes a catalyst for economic prosperity and community growth. They create new
housing, employment, and business opportunities and provide a socio-economic
environment that helps communities flourish. Their mission is to help people make a
better life for themselves, their families, and their neighbors.

Instituto del Progreso Latino
The mission of Instituto del Progreso Latino is to contribute to the fullest development of
Latino immigrants and their families through education, training and employment that
fosters full participation in the changing United States society while preserving cultural
identity and dignity.

International Latino Cultural Center
The vision of the International Latino Cultural Center is to build a world-class, Pan-
Latino, multi-arts facility to house, share and exchange the rich cultural diversity of more
than 600 million Latinos worldwide.

Latin United Community Housing Association
The Latin United Community Housing Association (LUCHA) provides technical and
community organizing assistance, housing advocacy, housing rehabilitation and
construction and homeownership counseling.

Latino Coalition for Prevention
The mission of the Latino Coalition of Prevention is to provide culturally competent
education and resources for prevention professionals, to build relationships among
groups, leaders, the media, and educational institutions, and to advocate issues vital to the
Latino community.

Latino Policy Forum
The mission of the Latino Policy Forum is to build the power, influence and leadership of
the Latino community through collective action to transform public policies that ensure
the well being of our community and society as a whole.

Latino Union of Chicago
The Latino Union of Chicago collaborates with low-income immigrant workers to
develop the tools necessary to collectively improve social and economic conditions.

Latino Youth, Inc.
Latino Youth, Inc. is a comprehensive youth service organization that operates 22
programs for youth in the areas of education, social services, and child welfare. Some of
their services include individual, family, and group counseling, emergency housing for
homeless and runaway youth, assistance for victims of violent crimes, and a young
mothers support group.

Latinos Progresando
Latinos Progresando builds stronger and healthier families and communities by providing
high-quality low-cost legal immigration services, youth leadership development,
community theater, and community forums.
Mujeres Latinas En Accion
Mujeres Latinas en accion empowers Latinas through providing services which reflect
their values and culture and being an advocate on the issues that make a difference in
their lives.

National Museum of Mexican Art
The mission of the National Museum of Mexican Art is to stimulate and preserve
knowledge and appreciation of Mexican culture through sponsoring events and
exhibitions that exemplify the rich variety of visual and performing arts in the Mexican
culture; to develop, preserve and conserve a significant permanent collection of Mexican
art; to encourage the professional development of Mexican artists; and to offer arts
education programs.

National Puerto Rican Forum, Inc.
The National Puerto Rican Forum (NPRF) provides education, training, advocacy and
information to prepare individuals for meaningful employment that pays a living wage
and leads to self-sufficiency and dignity.

Nueva Esperanza Urban Youth Mission
The Nueva Esperanza Urban Youth Mission is all about helping youth. They have
embraced and supported at-risk Latino youth socially, intellectually and culturally. They
help youth focus on more productive activities, such as scholarship, tutoring, music,
sports, mentoring, community service, and arts and crafts.
Website: http://www.1-800-

Pilsen Alliance
Pilsen Alliance is a social justice organization committed to developing grassroots
leadership in Pilsen and neighboring working-class immigrant communities in Chicago’s
Lower West side. They work for quality public education, affordable housing,
government accountability and healthy communities. Their work is rooted in the popular
education philosophy of building social consciousness for personal and collective social

Pilsen Neighbors Community Center
The mission of the Pilsen Neighbors Community Center is to develop new community
leaders through building networks of “core teams” and alliances with other community
groups to build an organization capable of responding to issues of education funding
reform, economic development, civil rights of immigrants and universal healthcare.
Project LEAD
Project LEAD, the National Breast Cancer Coalition Fund’s premier science training
course for activists, has created a revolution in the world of breast cancer research and
public policy. The courses have prepared graduates to engage in the wide range of local
and national forums where breast cancer decisions are made. Project LEAD graduates
bring an educated consumer perspective and critical thinking skills to the important issues
and controversies in breast cancer.

Su Casa Catholic Worker House
The Su Casa Catholic Worker House provides hospitality and a healing environment for
displaced Hispanic people who are poor, homeless and oppressed. They partner with
neighbors to make their community a better place to live and engage in educational and
social action activities concerning social justice issues related to their ministry.

Teatro Luna
Teatro Luna is a Tax-Exempt Theatre Company and Ensemble, organized for exploring
the experiences and cultures of Hispanic women. Their goal is to showcase the creative
talents of Hispanic artists and provide a forum for social, political and educational
outreach into communities.

The National Council of La Raza (NCLR) Escalera Program
The National Council of La Raza (NCLR) Escalera Program promotes economic mobility
for Latino youth by increasing educational attainment, career-planning, and access to
information about advanced careers. The program aligns with NCLR’s goals to eliminate
barriers to employment and economic mobility while increasing the capacity of NCLR
Affiliates to provide effective workforce development, education, and leadership services
for Latino youth.

United Neighborhood Organization (UNO)
United Neighborhood Organizations, Inc. builds community by serving neighborhoods
through a network of local centers. The community centers enrich local neighborhoods
and individuals by offering programs that enhance opportunities for the growth,
development and enjoyment of all residents.

UNO Charter School Network
UNO’s mission is to fulfill the promise of public education by proving that all children
can achieve academic success, regardless of their income level or ethnicity. UNO chooses
to open enrollment at its schools at full capacity from the first day of school, with full
classes in grades K-8.
West Side Future
West Side Future is a partner in a premier “one-stop shopping” facility that continues to
address many of the barriers to good health and nutrition pregnant women and young
mothers from the city’s West Side communities face. In addition to the clients’ physical
health, they address the emotional and economic health, as well.

YMCA Black and Hispanic Achievers
The YMCA Black and Hispanic Achievers program is a national college readiness
program designed to help African-American and Hispanic teens set and pursue high
educational and career goals. Through academic support, career exploration and
mentoring, YMCA Black and Hispanic Achievers programs help youth raise their
academic standards, develop a positive sense of self, build character, explore diverse
college and career options, and meet and interact with professionals of color who serve as
role models to inspire them to greater heights.

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