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Grow and celebrate together.

Unidos means United in Spanish. The Unidos LLC will create a strong foundation for first-year Latinx identifying students by providing a platform for them to feel comfortable to challenge themselves as they transition to college. The Unidos LLC will bring a community to Latinx students from all walks of life, bringing unique perspectives, experiences, and ideas to the University of Iowa. This living-learning community was founded by the advocacy of Iowa Latinx students with the goal of supporting their transition to the University of Iowa.

Individual connections students can make on campus with other members of the community will be another layer of support that can branch from living in the community. A community of support, advocacy, and growth will shine at all campus events, partnerships, and relationships. 

Students will gain leadership and professional skills to go towards their life after college. Strong academic ties to the program will also provide students with direct connections to faculty and staff. Additionally, through the Latina/o/x/ studies courses, students will have the opportunity to learn about their identity’s history and roots, all of which are marginalized topics in common history and humanity courses.

This Living Learning Community requires students to take an academic course connected to the community. You will be pre-enrolled in the LLC course, which will be included in your academic schedule prior to summer Orientation. The course will be LATS:2280 Intro to Latina/o/x Studies which is the introductory course for the Latina/o/x/ Studies minor.

This community is welcoming to all Latinx-identifying students and those who seek to learn and engage more in the cultural background.

Living Learning Community
Alexia Sanchez

I love that the Unidos Living Learning Community is a space on campus where students can thrive personally and cultivate a sense of community within the Latinx identity!

Alexia S.
Xaiver O.

The University of Iowa’s Latinx community is small, yet we are prideful, outspoken and resilient. Since coming to Iowa, the Latinx community has been my home away from home and the community lets me know that together we are Unidos!

Xavier O.
McKrina L.

Choosing to be involved in the Latinx community at Iowa, is one of the best decisions that I have ever made. I instantly was able to feel at home on campus by being able to relate to the music, food, and people on my floor. Honestly, I didn’t realize this community was something that I needed. Finding a place where I can be my truest self has helped me navigate the transition to college, as a first-generation student. I am so grateful that this community has helped shape me into the leader that I am today.

McKrina L.
Living Learning Community Courses

Introduction to field of Latina/o/x studies through interdisciplinary readings from literature, history, sociology, political science, urban studies, and anthropology; commonalities and differences among long-standing Latina/o/x populations (i.e., Mexican Americans, Puerto Ricans, Cuban Americans); challenges faced by newer arrivals (i.e., Dominican Americans, Salvadoran Americans, Guatemalan Americans, Central and South American immigrants). Taught in English.

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Locations Fall 2022 - Spring 2023
Campus Partners

A campus partner is a faculty or staff member on the University of Iowa campus that is passionate about the community and who meets regularly with a designated living learning community team. These individuals guide the learning component of the community, may teach the course in common, and help connect students to various resources across campus.

Isabela Flores
Interim Coordinator, Latino Native American Cultural Center