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 Prorgam Coordinator for the Cultural Center Hispanic/Latin@ Initiative. Born in the suburbs of Chicago to Mexican immigrants, and raised in northern Illinois for most of my childhood and adolescent years, I learned to identify as a Mexican-American woman who values education and family. I completed both my undergraduate and (most recently) master’s degree at Illinois State University in central Illinois. Growing up, I was a part of S.C.O.R.E (Students Creating Opera to Reinforce Education), an organization that worked with low-income students around the area. I was here where I performed in my first musical when I was 13 years old. Throughout high school, I was involved with the Upward Bound (college prep) program and had the opportunity of traveling around the country visiting potential colleges and universities. My passion for education took me abroad where I studied in England for two non-consecutive semesters during my undergraduate career and participated in the London International Model United Nations conference while I was there. Although I am proud of these accomplishments, I did not do them alone. Along the way I was mentored and guided into the path that I am on right now. It is my ambition to pay it forward and assist first generation students succeed in their college endeavors