Hispanic/Latinx & Indigenous Initiative


The Hispanic, Latinx & Indigenous Initiatives is celebrating 10 years of excellence this year! Click here to learn more about HLII! 

You Belong!
¡Tú Perteneces!


The University of Louisville Cultural Center’s Hispanic, Latinx & Indigenous Initiatives works to promote Hispanic, Latinx & Indigenous student success through campus and community engagement, student coaching, leadership development, and cultural programming and events.

UofL Diversity Goals (as they pertain to HLII):

1. Increase workplace diversity.

2. Improve campus climate.

3. Increase student body diversity.

4. Increase student success.

5. Promote internationalization / international initiatives.

CLICK HERE for Hispanic/Latinx & Indigenous Initiative brochure.

HLII is open to all eligible students regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age.  

Land Acknowledgments

In the spirit of supporting and fostering learning through the generation and sharing of knowledge, the ­­­Hispanic/Latinx & Indigenous Initiatives would like to acknowledge that the land we are meeting on today is the original homeland of the Shawnee, Cherokee, Chickasaw and Osage tribal nations. We acknowledge the painful history of genocide and forced removal from this territory, and we honor and respect the many diverse Indigenous peoples still connected to this land on which we gather.   

Con el espíritu de apoyar y fomentar el aprendizaje a través de la generación y el intercambio de conocimientos, las Iniciativas Hispanas/Latinx y Indígenas quisieran reconocer que la tierra en la que nos reunimos hoy es la patria original de las naciones tribales Shawnee, Cherokee, Chickasaw, Osage. Reconocemos la dolorosa historia de genocidio y expulsión forzada de este territorio, y honramos y respetamos a los diversos pueblos indígenas que aún están conectados a esta tierra en la que nos reunimos.


Learn about the importance of a Land Acknowledgment by clicking here!

Haga clic aqui para aprender sobre la importancia de un Reconocimiento Hacia La Tierra!


There are many ways you can get involved and reap the benefits of participating in Hispanic/Latinx & Indigenous Initiatives (HLII). As a student, you will have the opportunity to make new friends, network with potential employers, attend professional development opportunities, and stay informed about campus resources designed to support your personal, academic, and professional success. Don’t delay contacting us; we’re here to help you feel right at home at UofL and to cheer for you through your college years!


  • Student Coaching and Retention Program: Through 1-on-1 coaching, this program aims to holistically engage students to maximize their efforts in various realms such as personal, academic, professional, and culturally. During these coaching sessions students explore and strategize methods of effectiveness relating to study habits, goal orientation, professional connections, career goals, identity development, and much more.  
  • Conocimiento Leadership Development Seminar: A day long event that aims to create a safe space for identity development as well as expand critical consciousness. 
  • Compas Peer Mentor and Ambassador Program: A team of Latinx mentors who "accompany" their fellow peers throughout their college experience. These mentors also help to represent the HLII office at events by helping with facilitation and or various other event tasks. 
  • Heritage Month Celebration/Workshop: In an effort to celebrate the Hispanic/Latinx culture represented on campus this program provides numerous educational and celebratory opportunities for students to engage in.   
  • Noche de Familia y Amigos: An evening of celebration centered on fostering a sense of belonging for students. Every year the HLII office collaborates with the UofL soccer team and various other campus partners to host an evening of food, music, community and futbol!
  • Latinx Oral History Project: This community owned project seeks to train Latinx community members to interview, record, and share stories as a tool for empowerment.  
  • Louisville Latino Education Outreach Project: A collaborative effort within the Greater Louisville region led by a core partnership group representing the full cradle to career pipeline.     

Volunteers and Interns

The HLII program welcomes volunteers and interns. If you are interested in helping out please email marcos.morales@louisville.edu. 


Your coaches, Mónica Negrón or Marcos Morales, are here to act as your “cultural navigators” while accompanying your journey as a Card. The Cultural Center Coaching program connects you to campus and community resources that will assist you in becoming a successful UofL student and future professional. Book a session today! HLII coaching is open to all students regardless ethnicity. 

Sus coaches, Mónica Negrón y Marcos Morales están aquí para actuar como su "navegante cultural" y para acompañarle en su viaje como un Card. El programa  de Centro Cultural le conecta a recursos del campus y la comunidad que lo ayudarán a ser un estudiante exitoso y un futuro profesional. Reserva una sesión hoy! El coaching de HLII está abierto a todxs los estudiantes independientemente de su origen étnico.



Compa Peer Mentor Program

Purpose: Ambassadors will develop and design outreach projects, programs, assist with classes, lead workshops, advise the office on important issues and concerns, and connect the office to other programs and efforts on campus and the community related to social justice, equity, and identity. In addition, ambassadors will personally reach out to a predetermined number of Hispanic/Latino students from UofL every week and serve as their mentors. They will serve by keeping in constant and engaging communication with those students, informing them, supporting them and working to answer any questions they may have.

Hear from Compa, Zara Macias about this program!

Requirements/Qualifications: Ability to work with students, faculty and staff of diverse backgrounds. Desire to work in an office environment and as a mentor by sending a welcoming, supportive message throughout campus and to promote the services offered both in the office and throughout campus. By extension, there is a need to possess knowledge of group dynamics, have good communication skills, show good character, integrity, adaptability and to accept and give guidance and supervision.

 Additional qualifications include:

  • Attend Compa orientation training on April 30th 2021 from Noon-2 p.m (mandatory).
  • Attend all three leadership luncheons. 4/30, 6/18, 7/23 Noon-2 p.m.
  • Commitment to serving the mission of the Cultural Center and HLI programs.
  • Remain in good academic standing and abide by all university policies and procedures.
  • To work for 5 hours every week starting Fall 2021 semester and ending at the end of the Spring 2022 semester.
  • Office weekly office hours TBD.
  • Ready to perform weekly office tasks that include: welcoming students, planning programs, event planning, marketing, special projects, mentoring/tutoring, and connecting to students, parents, and community to enhance and build HLI programs.
  • Mentoring Hispanic/Latino students every week via email and in-person contact; then, reporting back to HLI about the amount of responses and contact with those students every week.
  • To reach out to people who may not fit into other social circles. (Outside of just mentor-mentee contact).
  • Track and record your worked hours every week for in-office time and out of office events and representation.
  • Represent HLI at campus and community events.


Becoming an Ambassador is an opportunity to make a difference on campus and help provide direction to the programs. You will also have endless opportunities to grow and develop as leaders though skill building and networking.  In addition to this you will receive:

  • Name tag and Compa uniform
  • Connections to Campus and Community Leaders
  • Will receive a stipend of $500.00 in 2 payments. One will be given in Fall and one in Spring. Payment requires student to participate in events, hold office hours, and be fully engaged in program. If you are not engaged in program the funds will not be distributed.
Applications close February 1st 11:59 p.m.
Apply TODAY via the HLII on Engage! Applications are currently closed. 

Latinx Student Union Executive Board


The Latino Student Union (LSU) is a Registered Student Organization (RSO) that focuses on advocating for Latinx peoples on campus and in the community, celebrating Latinx Culture, engage in community service, and provide leadership development opportunities for the Latinx students. 

Becoming an LSU executive board member is an opportunity to make a difference on campus and help to enrich the Latinx experience on UofL's campus. You will also have endless opportunities to grow and develop as leaders though skill building and networking.  In addition to this you will receive:

Executive Board Positions

  • President
  • Vice President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Public Relations Chair
  • Community Engagement Chair
To learn more about the specific duties of each position visit the LSU E-Board Application in the link below.


  • Attend LSU orientation training on April 30th 20121 from Noon - 2 p.m (mandatory).
  • Attend a full day summer retreat/training: 4/30, 6/18, 7/23 Noon - 2 p.m.
  • Committed to serving the UofL Latinx student population.
  • Remain in good academic standing and abide by all university policies and procedures.
  • To work for 5 hours every week starting Fall 2021 semester and ending at the end of the Spring 2022 semester.
  • Hold weekly office hours for a minimum of 2 hours. 
  • Represent LSU at campus and community events.
  • Only be serving as an LSU E-Board member and not Compa Peer Mentor at the same time.
    • Students are able to apply for both LSU board and the Compa program. However, students will not be allowed to serve in the two capacities simultaneously


  • Name Tag
  • Connections to Campus and Community Leaders
  • Will receive a stipend of $200.00 in 2 payments. One will be given at the conclusion of the Fall and Spring semester. Payment requires student to participate in events, hold office hours, and be fully engaged in program. If you are not engaged in program the funds will not be distributed.
Applications close February 1st.



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    Our Partners

    Campus Partners

    The Hispanic and Latinx Faculty and Staff Association (HLFSA) aims to celebrate, support, and advocate for the vibrant Latinx/Hispanic faculty and staff community at UofL. HLFSA hosts various programs and events such as Almuerzo con HLFSA and the Alianzas Mentoring program (currently inactive)



    Monica Negron

    The Latin American and Latinx Studies Program (LALS) was established in 2000 to promote an interdisciplinary understanding of the complex issues and realities of the diverse cultures of Latin America and the United States, enhancing students’ abilities to participate in the global community. LALS offers a major, minor, and Graduate Certificate, an LALS Club, community engagement, and cultural events: 

    Community Partners

    The Louisville Latinx Education Outreach Project (LLEO)is a collaborative effort within the Greater Louisville region, led by a core formal partnership group representing the full cradle to career pipeline:

    Our partnership aims to fuel the greater Louisville region through modeling collaborative behaviors, cross pollination of ideas and people, and building a foundation to build upon.

    Our focus is to:

    • Create a collaborative network of invested partners across the education pipeline
    • Increase access to college education, resources, networks and careers
    • Engage our collaborative efforts to full capacity and increases college access and inclusion for Latino students in Louisville




    Contact Us

    Monica Negron, Dir. of HLII

    Mónica Negrón is the Director of Hispanic, Latinx & Indigenous Initiatives at the University of Louisville Cultural Center. A native of Bel Air, Maryland, she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from UofL in 2014. She was a four-year letter winner and a three-year captain on the women’s lacrosse team. Mónica finished her collegiate playing career as a 4-time All-Region, 2014 All-American, and 2014 Big East Defensive Player of the Year with her team winning the Big East Championship and making it to the NCAA Sweet 16. She later received her Master of Science in Sport Administration in 2016 from UofL. She has recently been named to the Puerto Rico Senior Women’s National Team which will compete in the World Championships in 2022 in Towson, MD. 

    Mónica comes to the Cultural Center after having worked in Athletics at UofL as the Assistant Director of Student-Athlete Leadership and development where she oversaw the CardsCARE community engagement program and worked in programming that focused on student-athlete personal development, leadership development, social justice & advocacy and career preparation.

    She is passionate about being a voice for students while providing them with a holistic experience that prepares them with the tools to succeed in their lives.

    Mónica Negron 
    Director, Hispanic/Latinx & Indigenous Initiative
    120 E. Brandeis Avenue
    Louisville, KY 40208
    (502) 852-0230 


    Marcos G. Morales Gutierréz is the Program Coordinator at the Cultural Center’s Hispanic, Latinx & Indigenous Initiatives at the University of Louisville (UofL). Marcos is a Latinx Louisville native and graduated from UofL with a B.S. in Public Health Education, a minor in Wellness Coaching and also completed the Peace, Justice and Conflict Transformation certificate program. Marcos’ work as a program coordinator is centered in recognizing and uplifting the brilliancy of the Latinx population at UofL through a more equitable lens. Overall, Marcos enjoys providing students with culturally enriching programming and events, life coaching, and leadership development opportunities.

    Marcos G. Morales Gutiérrez
    Program Coordinator, Hispanic/Latinx & Indigenous Initiative 

    120 E. Brandeis Avenue
    Louisville, KY 40208

    (502) 852-7267