You Belong!
¡Tú Perteneces!

HLI’s mission is to build strong support systems for Latino students at UofL through programs and events that explore our many identities, develop leaders, and provide coaching and mentoring for life success, share campus resources, and build community and campus collaborations.

UofL Diversity Goals (as they pertain to HLI):

1. Increase workplace diversity.

2. Improve campus climate.

3. Increase student body diversity.

4. Increase student success.

5. Promote internationalization / international initiatives.


How we do it…
There are five ingredients to our mix!

Download the Hispanic/Latino Initiative brochure here!




Sarah Nuñez is the Assistant Director for Hispanic/Latin@ Initiatives in the Cultural Center. She is a Latina professional who brings people, teams, and cultures together. Born in Bogota, Colombia and raised in North Carolina, Sarah’s multicultural background as a Colombian-American enables her to effectively act as a bridge between identities, cultures, races, and languages.  Sarah is a facilitator, coach, and strategic thinker with 15 years of experience in working with nonprofits and 8 years of experience in higher education. Sarah holds a Master of Public Affairs from Western Carolina University and a certificate in Non-Profit Management from Duke University. She earned her Bachelor of Arts with major in Interdisciplinary Studies: Latin America in a Global Context from University of North Carolina at Asheville and Associate of Arts from Asheville Buncombe Technical Community College. Sarah’s role with the cultural center is to coach, support, and advocate for Hispanic/Latin@ students, develop and implement programs, and foster campus and community collaborations.

Nora Atkins is the Program Coordinator for the Cultural Center's Hispanic/Latin@ Initiatives. Born in the suburbs of Chicago to Mexican immigrants, and raised in northern Illinois for most of her childhood and adolescent years, she learned to identify as a Mexican-American woman who values education and family. Nora completed both undergraduate and master’s degree at Illinois State University in central Illinois. Throughout high school, she was involved with the Upward Bound program and had the opportunity of traveling around the country visiting colleges and universities. Nora's passion for education took her abroad where she studied in England for two non-consecutive semesters during her undergraduate career and participated in the London International Model United Nations conference while she was there. Her ambition is to assist first generation students succeed in their college endeavors