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Latino Outreach Center Events

Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 to Oct. 15)


Sept. 17

El Caobo/Salsa/Flamenco Dancing, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., SSC Atrium

El Caobo's (Earl Hall) primary passion is Latin music, all Latin music, but especially salsa/mambo, cha-cha-chá, bachata and merengue.

In addition to producing and hosting WDCB's Mambo Clasico, El Caobo is a highly sought after DJ, traveling to cities across the United States (including the very cradle of salsa: New York City) to share what he affectionately calls "salsa de la mata" at venues of all sizes, from dance congresses to local clubs. In fact, he can be found there every 3rd Wednesday of the month at The Promontory in Hyde Park, spinning salsa, mambo, bachata, merengue and cha-cha-cha. For more than five years he has taught salsa and mambo dance at the Illinois Institute of Technology!

El Caobo is also the only official SALSA DJ and an authorized representative of the legendary Fania Records label (the Latin music equivalent to Motown Records). In fact, on Fania Records' official website, he was honored to be called " of the top Salsa dj's in the world!" His relationship with this seminal record label is one of his proudest crowning achievements.


The Martin Metzger Flamenco Ensemble

The Martin Metzger Flamenco Ensemble consists of some of the most experienced, talented and dedicated flamenco musicians in Chicago. All the of the members have studied the art in depth, traveling to Spain regularly, in order to capture the art's energy, nuances and spirit. The ensemble consists of Marisela Tapia (dance), Patricia Ortega (voice), Diego Alonso (guitar), Martin Metzger (guitar), and Javier Saume (cajon). The respect for flamenco and desire to preserve its authenticity, is at the core of the ensemble's vibrant and moving performances. The ensemble currently performs throughout the Chicagoland area, inspiring audiences of all kinds. Some of the venues that the ensemble has performed at include the Cervantes Institute, the Old Town School of Folk Music, Uncommon Ground, National Museum of Mexican Art, Millennium Park, and many outdoor festivals, art galleries and private events.


Sept. 18

The Magic of Monarchs, SSC 2201, 12 to 1 p.m.

Kim White, DuPage Monarch Project Educator offers programs on the monarch life cycle tailored to K-12 students and adult audiences. Her lively presentations may include microscopic images of monarch scales, monarch caterpillars, age appropriate books and activities demonstrating life cycle stages. Local conservation efforts and projects are included in programs for adult audiences.

Kim White taught for 20 years in the Education program at Brookfield Zoo, just outside of Chicago, then decided it was time to make sure her grandchildren grew up knowing about the natural world around us. Holding a University Level Master Naturalist certificate, she decided it was also time to teach as many children as she could to know and respect the world around them.

Teaching children has always been a passion of hers and she looks forward to helping spark their interest in nature by introducing them to the magic of monarch butterflies.


Sept. 23

Taste of Flavors & DJ, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Cafeteria

Sodexo will provide a taste of Latino flavors in the cafeteria and a DJ.

Food will be available for purchase in the cafeteria. Sodexo has partnered up with Caribbean Corner, Downers Grove

Learn more about Raquel Black, owner and alumna of College of DuPage as she tells her story about how she started in the Culinary Arts program at College of DuPage.

Sept. 26

Las Magnificas, 12 to 1:30 p.m., SSC Atrium

Two Immortal Singers Each Face the Most Critical Decision of Their Lives LAS MAGNIFICAS is a Chamber Music Theatre piece for singing actress and trio (cello, piano and percussion) exploring the lives and times of two towering figures in Latin American cultural history: Cuban Singer Celia Cruz, "The Queen of Salsa" and Chilean Singer Violeta Parra, Founder of the Nueva Cancion (New Song) Movement in Latin America.Text by Marjorie Agosin. Music in the show will include songs made famous by both artists: Tu Voz, Gracias a la Vida, La Vida es un Carnaval and Volver a los 17 as well as instrumental music by other Latin American Composers such as Ernesto Lecuona, Eduardo Sanchez de Fuentes, Victor Jara, and Tania Leon.


Oct. 3

Student Artwork Exhibit: Frida Kahlo, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., SSC Atrium

Collaboration with Spanish Language Department

Oct. 8

Latino Student Visit

In collaboration with Admissions.  This event is for high school students. Students should check with their school to see if they are attending.

Oct. 9

Popcorn Wednesday

Stop by the Student Lounge, SSC 1200 for some popcorn.

Oct. 15

Movie showing, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., SSC 1200, Student Lounge

No Manches Frida
Comedy, PG13

Zequi, a recently released bank robber who goes to recover stolen money buried by his ditzy accomplice before going to jail.
Director: Nacho G. Velilla
Writers: Laurence Rosenthal (screenplay), Claudio Herrera (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
Stars: Omar Chaparro, Martha Higareda, Mónica Dionne 


Contact Information

Saraliz Jimenez, MBA, MS
Student Services Center (SSC), Room 2225C, (630) 942-3039

Regular Hours

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

Saturday and Sunday: Closed