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Latino Outreach Center Events

Day of the Dead Altar/Door Contest 

Through Nov. 13

Sponsored by Latino Outreach Center
Co-Sponsor Student Life, Latin American Studies Committee

What's is Day of the Dead?

Day of the Dead is a celebration known as All Souls Day (also known as All Saints Day) during the same time as Day of the Dead. The act of honoring the dead is widely celebrated around the world but Day of the Dead is unique in its traditions: the altar (altar or door in this case) is decorated with the ofrenda (offerings) which represent the person(s) that the altar is dedicated to in honor of their memory. Other items express the meaning of life and death, the use of Calaveras and the style influenced by La Catrina.
Altars and door decorations can be created through a wide spectrum of dedications, depending on one's creative desire. The altar includes the four main elements of nature – Earth, Wind, Water and Fire. These should be represented in the altar.

• Earth is represented by the crop: The soul is fed by the various earthly aromas. Placing fruit or favorite family dishes on the altar provides nourishment for the beloved souls.
• Wind is represented by a moving object: Paper- Mache is commonly utilized to represent the echoes of the wind.
• Water is placed in a container for the soul to quench its thirst after the long awaited journey to the altar. Water is also used for the means of purification.
• Fire is represented by a wax candle: Each lit candle represents a loving soul, and an extra one is placed for the forgotten soul.

In addition, other items used in the altar.

• Copal – Incense burned to commemorate Pre-Columbian history.
• The Cempasuchitl-Marigold known as "The flower of the dead" blossoms in the valleys of Mexico during the months of October and November with a bright yellow color and is central to altar decorating. This flower aids the spirits to wander back.
• Pictures are widely used in honor of the individual you are paying homage to.
• The Skull – The common symbol of the holiday is the skull which is celebrated and represented by decorative masks called calacas. In addition, sugar skulls are also tastefully created and inscribed with the names of both the honored and living recipients on the forehead as a means to remind us of our own mortality.
Students should send a picture of their altar/door decorations for the Day of the Dead contest to

Contest rules:

• Offensive material is not allowed. This is not limited to items that are sexually explicit or demeaning, racist, and promotion of crime, cruelty, and violence.
• The following information must be submitted with the picture in the body of the email:

  1. Name of participant(s):
  2. Address:
  3. Phone:
  4. E-mail:
  5. Who is the Altar in honor of?

• One entrance per student, faculty or staff.
• Must be a currently enrolled student at College of DuPage.
• 3 of the 4 elements (Earth, Wind, Water and Fire) mentioned above must be represented in the photo.

Submit to by Nov 13th . Winner will be notified by Nov 20th and prizes will be sent via mail to the winners.


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September 15 to October 15

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Join us for a virtual event about the basics of civil discourse and power to help you prepare for and navigate the challenges of achieving social, political, and institutional change. A spoken-word artist and activist, Denise Frohman, will provide an artistic interpretation of activism, and two Elgin Council members, Tish Powell and Baldemar Lopez, will join her in speaking about their journey and role in making a change in the community. This event was made possible through a collaborative effort between College of DuPage, College of Lake County, Elgin Community College, Harper College, McHenry County College, and Waubonsee Community College.




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Take a virtual walk through Pilsen with local guide Luis Tubens and discover the larger meaning behind the artwork in Chicago's capital of Mexican cultures. The tour weaves the history of Pilsen with vibrant large-scale murals and lived personal experiences. This event is hosted by the Chicago History Museum and is one hour in length. Participants will receive a link to the Zoom meeting after the registration period has closed.

Free and open to the public. Limit 50 participants
Funded by the Latin American Studies Committee.

Register Today!



Congressional Hispanic Congress Institute (CHCI)

September 14 - 18

Our Voice, Nuestro Poder, the CHCI Leadership Conference FREE

Join me! I just registered to participate at CHCI's Our Voice, Nuestro Poder virtual Leadership Conference on September 14-18 and 43rd Annual Awards Gala on September 21.

You may select the days and sessions you wish to attend virtually.

Register Today!


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October 2

Accelerating Latino Student Success (ALASS) Institute 

Join leaders from across the country for three unique events over two days, focusing on Latino student success in higher education.

For more information and to register visit Excelencia In Education


Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU)

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Championing Hispanic Higher Education Success: Fostering Excellence and Social Justice

HACU's 34th Annual Conference provides a unique forum for the sharing of information and ideas for the best and most promising practices in the education of Hispanics.

For more information visit HACU

If interested in attending this conference please contact the Latino Outreach Center,  


Hispanic Serving Institution Transfer Fair

Thursday, Oct. 22

Noon to 2 p.m.

For more information and access to the fair click here Transfer Events on October 22 


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The 36th Chicago Latino Film Festival

September 18 - 27 

The full program for the Festival, originally scheduled for April and now taking place September 18-27, will be announced in late August!

Click here for more information on the Virtual Latino Film Festival.



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Alaska native and only Hispanic NHL 1st-round draft pick (27th selection in 1998).


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Awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1968.


David Bennes Barkley

First Hispanic American to be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.


Franklin Chang -Diaz

First Costa Rican astronaut, and, as of 2004, he was one of only two astronauts to have served on seven space missions.


Joseph Marion Hernandez

First Hispanic to serve in the U.S. Congress, as a delegate from the Spanish territory of Florida.


Nancy Lopez

4-time LPGA Player of the Year (1978-79,85,88); Rookie of Year (1977); 3-time winner of LPGA Championship; reached Hall of Fame by age 30 with 35 victories; 48 career wins. 


Mario Molina

1995 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. 



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Contact Information

Saraliz Jimenez, MBA, MS
(630) 942-3039

Regular Hours

Monday to Friday: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday: Closed

Evening appointments available by request.