In the wake of the Latinx Research Hub losing its space on campus, Mi Pueblo and the undergraduate executive branch of student government's Multicultural Affairs & Diversity Outreach committee are working together to plan a space for the Latinx community.
MADO focuses on maintaining an inclusive and experience and welcoming all UNC students, no matter what background they come from. Mi Pueblo is a student organization for Latinx students on campus to spread cultural awareness and diversity amongst the UNC community and beyond.
“I am passionate about working with Latinx students because I am a Latin American studies major, and I see there is an overall need for outreach for the Latinx community here on the UNC campus," said Madison Knowles, committee member of MADO.
In the past 10 years, the Carolina Latinx Collaborative has provided resources for the Latinx community such as networking and mentorships. Throughout those 10 years, CLC and Mi Pueblo have claimed the lack of an adequate central space for Latinx students to get to know each other has held them back from increasing their exposure to students.
Student presenters at a Thursday roundtable said the need for a bigger and central space on campus is important because the amount of students that identify as Latinx is growing. 8.5 percent of undergraduate students identify as Hispanic on campus, up 0.5 percentage points from the last year.