Casa

Student Groups And Organizations

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 Gitana Miranda at g-miranda@wiu.edu.

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, Araceli Munoz at a-munoz2@wiu.edu, or send LASO a message through social media:
Facebook: LasoWiu; Twitter: laso_wiu
Instagram: laso.wiu; Snapchat: lasowiu

AMPLIFY

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 place where students can share their opinions and concerns on current societal issues in order to educate one another.

Executive Board of AMPLIFY at the Spring 2018 Activities Fair

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: amplifywiu@gmail.com.

Mariachi De Oro

Photo of Mariachi De Oro Members

Mariachi de Oro is newly founded organization that is housed under Casa Latina. Mariachi De Oro’s mission is to promote and educate the surrounding community around the University about the Latinx culture through the mariachi music genre. Mariachi De Oro performs at events on and off campus such as Dia De Los Muertos and International Bazaar. Mariachi rehearses every Monday at 8pm in Browne Hall Room 129. Follow them on Instagram @mariachideoro_wiu

If you have any questions feel free to contact the president, Minerva Diaz at m-diaz@wiu.edu

Latin American Literary Society

LASO members

The Latin American Literary Society is Casa’s newest organization and was founded spring 2019! The club's objective is to expand people's knowledge on Latin American authors. It also serves as a place to cultivate an interest in Latin American culture through literature and dialogue in a diverse and inclusive space. It also serves the purpose to raise awareness of Latin American topics and issues, not only on campus, but also throughout the Macomb community. They meet on Wednesday’s at 5 in the Casa Latina lounge located in the Multicultural center.

If you have any questions feel free to email one of the co-presidents Francesca Hamm (fc-hamm@wiu.edu) or Maria Lourdes Diaz (mdl-ruiz@wiu.edu)

Contact Info

Casa Latina Cultural Center
1 University circle
Macomb, IL 61455

E-mail: casa@wiu.edu
Phone: (309) 298-3379
Fax: (309) 298-2567

Office Hours of Operation

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