Tradicion Latin Dance Team

Tradicion members performing at the variety show

Tradicion Latin Dance Team strives to teach the WIU community about different Latinx cultures through dance. Tradicion also participates in cultural activities that serve as educational programs to the community, Tradicion members group photosuch as Dia de los Muertos, Latin Night, and Calle Murray. Tradicion is for everyone and anyone who loves to dance or wants to learn various types of dances influenced by Latinx cultures. Members do not have identify within the Latinx community or start with dancing abilities, everyone is welcome! If you’d like to get involved, Tradicion practices Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:30-6:00PM and Friday from 4:30-7:00PM in the Multipurpose Room at the Multicultural Center. For more information, please contact the president Kayla Smith at .

Latin American Student Organization

LASO members at Dia de los Muertos

The Latin American Student Organization's (LASO) objectives are to provide a better educational, cultural, social life, and to foster unity and pride among the students and the community at WIU. LASO was established by Raul Rodolfo Salazar in 1972, using the name Latin American Organization (LAO). The organization went through a reorganization and renamed itself as the Latin American Student Organization (LASO) in 1979. Since its establishment, LASO has and continues to host many events during Hispanic Heritage Month, Homecoming and throughout the academic year, such as Dia de los Muertos and the Halloween pumpkin painting social. 
LASO members at a program
One of LASO's annual programs is Mr. & Mrs. Flores (previously named Flores de Cultura), a cultural pageant celebrating the unique aspects of the Latin American countries.  LASO meets every Tuesday in the Sandburg Lounge from 5:00-6:00PM. To contact LASO, you may email the president, Nicole Viveros at, or send LASO a message through social media:
Facebook: LasoWiu; Twitter: laso_wiu
Instagram: laso.wiu; Snapchat: lasowiu


LASO members AMPLIFY is a new organization under Casa Latina, and was recently established in December of 2017. Our mission is to engage students at Western Illinois University in respectful conversations in which we will educate and interact with those of differing races, genders, sexual orientations, religions, and other social identities through authentic sharing of our own experiences. AMPLIFY is committed to providing a safe/brave Executive Board of AMPLIFY at the Spring 2018 Activities Fair place where students can share their opinions and concerns on current societal issues in order to educate one another. Want to get involved and learn more about our organization? AMPLIFY meetings take place weekly on Thursdays at 5 pm in Stipes 132. For more information, you’re more than welcome to contact us directly through our social media (Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat: @amplifywiu) or email us:



Contact Info

Casa Latina Cultural Center
1 University circle
Macomb, IL 61455

Phone: (309) 298-3379
Fax: (309) 298-2567

Office Hours of Operation

M-F: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.