Latinx American Cultural Center (LACC)

Brief History:

lacc  logoThe Latinx American Cultural Center opened doors in 1989 in Moore Residence Hall in alliance with United Asia Cultural Center. Both centers closed for a period of strategic planning. The LACC reopened in 1995 in Hampden Dining Hall with a vision of education and inclusivity of identities which continues to present time..

Redacted from Latinx American Cultural Center by Monica Pabla, Cultural Center Fellow, spring 2018.

Hours of Operation
The Latinx American Cultural Center  is open from 1:00-9:00pm Monday through Thursday.

Finals Study Hours:

Wednesday, May 1, 2019: 1-9pm.
Thursday, May 2, 2019: 1- 6pm.
Friday, May 3, 2019: 1-6pm
Monday, May 6, 2019: 1-9pm
Tuesday, May 7, 2019: 1-9pm
Wednesday, May 8, 2019: 3-9pm
Thursday, May 9, 2019: 1-5pm

Spring 2019 Calendar of Activities

Success Coaching Tuesdays 1-4 p.m.

Study Hours Tuesdays 6-8 p.m. (during the semester prior to finals week)

pupusas thumbLatinx American Cultural Center Cultural Appreciation Series: Handmade Pupusas
April 4, 2019
4:30-6:00 p.m. (New Location and Time!)
Hampshire Dining Commons Lobby, Southwest Residential Area 

Come and join us learn how to make handmade pupusas! Pupusas, originally associated with El Salvador, have been adapted by everyone in Central America.  We have invited 1 chef from El Salvador and 1 chef from Honduras (both from the UMass Dining Services) to demonstrate how to prepare this delicious dish. Students will take part in hand forming and cooking pupusas and enjoying them later with some authentic sauces and side dish of pico de gallo and guacamole.

Everyone's welcome! Materials provided!

La Borinqueña
Campus Center Rooms 804-08
March 1, 2019
4:30-8 p.m.
Latinx American Cultural Center (LACC) hosts Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez, graphic novelist and creator of La Borinqueña, a new and exciting comic book series featuring the first Afro-Latina superhero, Marisol Rios De La Luz. Miranda-Rodriguez will be discussing diversity in comic books, current socio-political issues related to Puerto Rico, and so much more! Attend the event and get a free copy of Ricanstruction: where La Borinqueña teams up with DC comic book heroes to help rebuild Puerto Rico. Comic books on a first come, first serve basis. Refreshments will be provided. Questions? Contact: LACC at or Grace Baker at

¿Cómo se Dice?
Latinx American Cultural Center
Feb. 20; March 6, 20; April 3, 17

5-6 p.m.
¿Cómo se dice? is a student development program that seeks to examine Spanish idioms in relation to cultural of origin and current experiences within the Diaspora. Practice Spanish idioms and cultural expressions while preparing quick snacks. 

Art and Painting
Latinx American Cultural Center
Feb. 20, 21, 27, 28; March 6, 7

7-8:30 p.m.
Win prizes at this exciting activity! Show-off your art and painting skills. Join a team and create a piece of artwork, colalge, quilt, or put together a puzzle (500 pieces or more). Bring your 'A' game and win a prize. Support a team or hang with friends around an exciting game. 





Fall 2018 Calendar of Activities

vidaVIDA Viewing Party at LACC
October 4, 11,18, 25
November 1 & 8, 2018
Thursdays 7:00 pm-8:30 pm
Latinx American Cultural Center
Free admission

Contact:  Latinx American Cultural Center
VIDA is a Latinx Queer series that highlights underrepresented perspectives in a Latinx community based in Los Angeles, CA. The six 30-minute episodes, some with strong sexual content run in English and Spanish without subtitles, engulf characters in themes of, to name a few, sexuality, racism, upbringing, gentrification, and cultural connection. Conversation to follow. Refreshments provided!
View this new series that gets the pressure of not being Latinx enough
Warning:  Strong sexual content, nudity and adult language
Dates:  October 4, 11, 18, 25 and November 1, 8


Heritage Month Community Building Dinner
Monday, October 15
7-8:30 pm
Amherst Room, Campus Center|

Trivia Time
Sept. 25; Oct. 9, 23; Nov. 6; Dec. 4

Test your knowledge of culture and earn chances to win a grand prize
Dates: September 25, October 9, 23, November 6 and December 4




lacc open house thoumbnailOpen House
Monday, September 12
Fun, munch and mingle.



Success Coaching
Tuesdays, Starts September 11
Walk in to plan for your student success.

Study Hours
Tuesdays & Finals Week
Bring your books, we provide the snacks






Note: The center is closed during the summer and winter intersessions. If you need to reach someone during this time, call the main number, (413) 545-2517.