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

Hispanic Heritage Month: Applying for Careers at U.S. Department of Labor Series

Thursday, October 6, 2022 10:00am to 11:00am
Virtual
The mission of the Department of Labor is to foster, promote, and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers, and retirees of the United States; improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights. Please join us for a series of virtual sessions offered by the Office of Human Resources where we will share information about our department and career opportunities. Tips on the federal application process and USAJOBs...

Visiting Writer-in-Residence Angie Cruz Reading at Prairie Lights

Thursday, October 6, 2022 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Prairie Lights Books
A reading by writer and editor Angie Cruz.
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Q&A with Writer Angie Cruz

Friday, October 7, 2022 10:30am to 11:30am
Dey House
A Q&A with fiction writer Angie Cruz.
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SHPEP Iowa 2023 Virtual Info Session, 10/10

Monday, October 10, 2022 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 to 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...
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Appa y Papa: Latinx Asian Fusion

Tuesday, October 11, 2022 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Asian Pacific American Cultural Center
In collaboration with the Asian Pacific American Cultural Center, we will be talking about movement of people—specifically those of Asian identity—to Latin American countries by force or choice. We will talk about what it means to assimilate to culture that's different from what you know. This will be a space for community to talk about the Latinx and Asian intersection.
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