Tradicion Hispana Dance Troupe
Tradicion Hispana Dance Troupe services the university by performing at the WIU campus as well as the city of Macomb and surrounding communities. Macomb does not have a Hispanic population; therefore, Tradicion Hispana Dance Troupe brings to the area unique Hispanic dance performances and cultural activities that serve as educational programs to the community. Without this dance troupe, the exposure to the Latino culture would not be available in the university and surrounding area. As to the individuals that participate in the dance troupe, it gives them a sense of pride to express their heritage. It is important to keep those traditions on the forefront so they will not be forgotten by the next generation. The dance team is a very diversified group. This is an indication of how other students have embraced our culture. We have very few students that have the knowledge of the traditional Hispanic dances therefore; we rely on these students to teach the others. The creative process passes on through the students from one academic year to the next.
Latin American Student Organization (LASO)
The Latin American Student Organization’s objectives are to provide a scholastic, cultural, political and social environment; to nurture unity and pride among Latino students at WIU and to concentrate on the recruitment of Latino students to Western Illinois University. In the fall, LASO has a retreat held at Camp McBride in Burlington, Iowa as leadership training for students. This is also a bonding experience between old and new officers and members.There are several activities held during the 2 day stay that teach team building and leadership skills and to foster closeness between the students. In the spring, an officer’s training retreat is held in the Multicultural Center to introduce the new officers; to their own particular officer’s duties, the university policies, renew their constitution and to acquaint them with the Robert’s Rules of Order.An etiquette luncheon is part of the retreat and is held at the University Union. The etiquette luncheon is taught by a professor in the Dietetics, Fashion Merchandising and Hospitality Department, to instruct students in the proper table manners, etiquette and provides a foundation for student’s when they go on job interviews or attend formal functions. LASO has many events during Hispanic Heritage Month, Homecoming and throughout the academic year.
International Friendship Club (IFC)
The International Friendship Club goal is to promote cultural awareness, respect, and understanding among all students through various cultural, educational, and social activities. Western Illinois University students, faculty, staff, and community members' benefit from the cultural exchanges and educational experiences the International Friendship Club provides. The International Friendship Club largest even is the International Bazaar that is in its 38th year. It starts preparations during April for the event in March of the following year. The International Bazaar is one of the largest and most popular student run events at WIU. It is an event that allows out International students to showcase their cultures to the university and Macomb surrounding communities.
Latino Greek Organizations
Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity, Inc. - Beta Chapter
Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity, Inc. - Beta Psi Chapter
Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc. - Delta Mu Chapter
Casa Latina Cultural Center
1 University circle
Macomb, IL 61455
Phone: (309) 298-3379
Fax: (309) 298-2567
Office Hours of Operation
M-F: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.