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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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.


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.


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!


308 Melrose Ave, Iowa City, Iowa


Beginning Wednesday, August 23, 2021, the Latino Native American Cultural Center will operate with the following hours:

Monday-Thursday, 12:00-8:00pm

(319) 335-8298


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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Latinx Council Virtual Meeting

Tuesday, October 19, 2021 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Meeting Times Due to Covid-19, all of our meetings will be virtual until further notice. You will find we are still a great community. We have both official meeting times and more casual lunch and connects, please join us! All UI members are welcome to attend meetings, however, if students will be observing as a part of a class, please email the council in advance at: ui-latinxcouncil@uiowa.edu.  Fall 2021 Council Meetings If you are interested in joining a meeting or lunch, you must sign in…
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QUEERation ft. Daniel Arzola

Thursday, October 21, 2021 5:30pm to 8:00pm
Petersen Residence Hall
QUEERation is an annual event that celebrates art for and by the LGBTQ+ community. This event will start with a 30-minute reception (5:30-6:00pm) including light snacks before diving into the program. This QUEERation will feature a workshop led by Daniel Arzola.   Daniel Arzola is a visual artist, human rights activist, and lecturer whose contributions to the LGBTQ community were recognized with the Trailblazer Honor Award given by Logo TV. The American publication…
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Hawks of Color: Uplifting Our Excellence with Dr. Rusty Barceló

Friday, October 22, 2021 11:30am to 1:00pm
Join Dr. Rusty Barceló for our upcoming Hawks of Color virtual gathering!   Dr. Nancy "Rusty" Barcelo is nationally known for her work on equity and inclusion and is recognized nationally for speaking and conducting workshops addressing DEI.  She has served as the President of Northern New Mexico College, and multiple leadership positions across the country in higher education.  An alum of the University of Iowa, Rusty holds an M.A. in Recreation Education and a Ph.D. in Higher Education…
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Community Ofrenda

Monday, October 25, 2021 (all day)
Latino Native American Cultural Center
During the week of October 25th to October 29th, we will be offering space and the opportunity for our community to recognize individuals who have made an impact in their lives by honoring them through a community ofrenda.   If you have a disability and need an accommodation in order to participate in this event, please contact Isabela Flores at isabela-flores@uiowa.edu. 
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Critical Literacy, Agency, and Sociolinguistic Justice in Language Education

Friday, October 29, 2021 5:00pm to 6:30pm
Dr. Claudia Holguín Mendoza will speak about critical literacy, agency, and sociolinguistic justice as part of the Teaching and Heritage Language series sponsored by The Obermann Center and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. Please view attached flyer for more information.
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