LILI is a space where Latina/x & Indigenous student voices are amplified and affirmed. LILI aims to empower its students to cultivate lasting connections with one another and engage in critical conversations informed by their intersectional identities.
This will be achieved through an informed and holistic approach: professional development/leadership, cultural nourishment, community building, and research.
Students will have the opportunity to hear from womxn in leadership positions across a variety of industries, including for-profit and nonprofit sectors. Additionally, workshops will be held so that students learn the relevant skills to be successful leaders.
Explore culturally relevant topics and engage in critical conversations as an informed community.
Our research agenda focuses on amplifying voices of Latina/x and Indigenous students as they navigate academic, social, and cultural spaces within higher education. Our work is informed by Latina/x, Native American, Indigenous/First Nation people, and Afro-Latinx folks who have contributed their research, lived experiences, and generational knowledge to the Chicana/Latina/Native feminist research area.
Through initiatives led by LILI, students are encouraged to connect with Latinx and Indigenous professionals and peers through community and campus events. In creating these communities, students can feel supported as they move through college and search for opportunities after graduation.
“Latinx” is a gender inclusive term that intends to include all genders and folks who do not identify with a gender.
LILI as a group is intended for women, non-binary, Latina/x, Native American, Afro-Latinx, Asian Latinx, and Indigenous/First Nation people who are interested in engaging in a variety of topics surrounding the critical issues of the Latina/x and Indigenous experience.
Within those identity categories described above, we also publicly acknowledge the inclusion and presence of mujeres/women and gender non-conforming folk who also self-identify as transgender, non-binary and gender non-confirming.
LILI was created as a space for the voices of Latinx and Indigenous people to be amplified and connect with each other. Whether our familias/ families have deep traditional ties to tribal communities or we consider ourselves a part of the movement and migration of Indigenous peoples throughout North, Central and South America and the Caribbean, LILI is a space for our Afro-Indigenous, Afro-Latina/x, Chicana/x, Native American/ First Nation peoplehoods to be valued, centered and affirmed.