Governors State to open Latinx Resource Center
To best serve the rising enrollment of Hispanic students, Governors State University (GovState) is set to open a Latinx Resource Center (LRC) mid-October to celebrate Latinx Heritage Month, with Emmanuel (Manny) Lopez as the inaugural Director.
The LRC will be an enclosed space inside the university’s Library where students can feel safe, supported, and celebrated. Students will be able to make 1:1 appointments, study, find bilingual resources, meet other students, and enjoy all types of workshops throughout the year.
This center is a welcome addition to the university’s student resources as GovState’s current Hispanic undergraduate student population is around 19-20%, marking the university as an emerging Hispanic-Serving Institution (eHSI).
In the coming years, GovState has the chance to become an HSI as the enrollment of Hispanic undergraduate students grows to 25%, which can open GovState up to additional funding through HSI grants.
For now, the LRC has launched a Latinx Employee Resource Group (Latinx ERG), which meets once a month to help increase belonging for staff, faculty, administration, and students. Employees who identify as Latino/a/x and are interested in learning more can contact Lopez at firstname.lastname@example.org.