The Undergraduate Senate unanimously passed a resolution, stating their support for a new Latinx center on campus during their session on Jan. 16. The resolution will now be sent to Chancellor Carol Folt, the university’s chief diversity officer and the chair of the board of trustees, among others.
The Carolina Latinx Collaborative, along with Carolina Hispanic Association, have been housed in the seminar wing of Craige North since 2010, but for many years, Latinx students at UNC have been pushing for a more accommodating space.
Resolution USR-99-228 outlines three requirements for a new Latinx center on campus. It states that the new center must be: large enough to accommodate the needs of the 8 percent of the student body that identify as Latino or Latina, localized in an area that is convenient and accessible for the entire student body and autonomous over the space of which it presides.
The author of the resolution, sophomore senator Christian Correa, said he thinks that these three requests are not too much to ask.
“I think these are pretty simplistic requests, and things that we shouldn’t even be having to ask for, that the University should be taking the initiative in proposing and initiating,” Correa said.