Mission

The UI Cultural Centers provide intra- and cross-cultural education, leadership and organizational development opportunities, social justice education and change, a "home away from home" for students, and a safe space for cultural and psychosocial development. The Centers compliment the academic mission of the University by enhancing students' experiences inside and outside of the classroom.

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Vision

The vision of the Latino Native American Cultural Center (LNACC) is to develop and foster a sense of belonging where students can authentically engage with their personal, academic, cultural, emotional, and spiritual identities in a safe, trusting, loving, non-competitive, non-judgmental, yet challenging space. The Latino Native American Cultural Center is a living being that carries ancestral knowledge and history through the liveliness in our students' celebrations, passions, and overall vibrance of the center. Celebrating our daily existence and our ancestors is a value that we honor when being of service to the students, community, and future generations.

History

The LNACC was founded in the summer of 1971 by three students (Tony Zavala, Ruth Pushetonequa and Rusty Barceló) as the Chicano and Indian American Student Union. The center was founded as a “friendship” house formed by students for students. In 1994, it was renamed the Latino Native American Cultural Center. Over the years, this center has become the home to many students and student organizations that sponsor conferences, pow-wows, study groups, community educational programs, boycotts, and rallies to address community and campus issues. This center is a “home away from home” to all that walk through our doors.

Amenities

The Center is available for programming and as a venue for University of Iowa student organizations’ events.  It is equipped with: a fully-stocked kitchen, a living and dining room, game and study rooms, a library, wireless internet (Netflix, Pandora)  computer and printers for our patrons to use, TVs, and various board games. The LNACC has anything you need to host a program, make a meal, study, or simply relax and socialize with friends!

Location

308 Melrose Ave, Iowa City, Iowa

Hours

  • Monday - Thursday: 12:00 - 9:00 p.m.
  • Friday: Noon - 5:00 p.m.

Note: We will close during University holidays and academic breaks.

Contact LNACC

Phone: 319-335-8298
Email: lnacc@uiowa.edu

Additional links

Faculty/Staff Council 

Professional Staff

Portrait of Isabela Flores

Isabela Flores

Coordinator, Latino Native American Cultural Center
Women's Summit Co-Advisor

Upcoming Events

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Hawks of Color Social Save the Date

Friday, December 9, 2022 4:00pm to 6:00pm
University Capitol Centre
Save this date for the next Hawks of Color event produced by the Division of DEI.  Hawks of Color is a place of welcome and community building while celebrating excellence! Formerly Faculty and Staff of Color, Hawks of Color is a re-envisioned community space. Gather with faculty, staff, postdocs, and students at our December in-person social event. Light hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will be provided. Our December event will be an in-person social at 2750 University Capitol Centre Iowa City...

Latinx Council Monthly Meeting

Tuesday, December 20, 2022 3:30pm
Virtual
The UILC creates a University environment that addresses the needs and concerns of Latinx faculty, staff and students. We meet regularly and are an active diversity council across campus.
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SHPEP Iowa 2023 Virtual Info Session, 1/23

Monday, January 23, 2023 6:00pm to 6:45pm
Virtual
Are you a first-year or second-year undergraduate student interested in pursuing a career in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, or public health? The Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) is a FREE program to help you achieve your dreams! SHPEP is a FREE six-week enrichment program that runs from June 11-July 22, 2023. It will be held in-person on the University of Iowa campus, but students are accepted nationwide and community college students are also encouraged to apply. REGISTER...
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