LASO serves as
a social base for Latino students on EIU's campus. Members work to (1)
increase the campus participation of Latino students, (2) increase opportunities
for Latino representation and influence, and (3) promote cultural awareness.
The purpose of LASO varies from one member to
another. For Latino students it serves as an academic and social environment
For members of non-Latino decent, it can be
an opportunity to learn about the splendor of the many cultures underneath the
banner of LASO.
For all, LASO is an opportunity to celebrate
and enjoy the culture and excitement of Latino Heritage!
LASO is a great organization that provides opportunities to develop
leadership skills either by serving as an Executive Board member (i.e.,
President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Historian) or by Chairing one
of many interest based committees (e.g., fundraising, culture corner,
Many members attend the National and Midwest
Conferences of the United States Hispanic
Leadership Institute and the VALE student conference at Northern Illinois
LASO regularly sponsors and participates in
many campus and community events such as EIU Homecoming, the Latin Heritage
Celebration, and Latin Culture Corner.
Members also sponsor a Natural Ties person,
various charities (e.g., Mexico Relief Effort), and perform many volunteer
services (e.g., election poles, blood drives).
is an ethnic and culturally diverse organization which is open to all Eastern
Illinois University students,
not only students of Latino and Hispanic backgrounds.
All students are welcome to attend any meeting, function, or event.
We meet every
week during the
regular academic year at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Union at EIU or the
Cultural Center. Check the
Campus Clips section of the Daily Eastern News for location and changes in meeting
times or call: Dr. Cari Brito, Faculty Advisor,
at (217) 581-2219 or Isabel Castro, Co-Advisor,
at (217) 581-7401.
Membership is only $15 for the year, or $10
for one semester.
Come and join LASO and take advantage of all
the leadership opportunities we have to offer as well as the fun. Be a part of a
year long FIESTA!