LatinX student resources

"You have to learn to dream big. Education exposes you to what the world has to offer, to the possibilities open to you."  ~Sonia Sotomayor, U.S. Supreme Court Justice and first Hispanic to serve on the Supreme Court

Academic and Career Resources


The goal of the RISE Scholars program is to support vulnerable, underrepresented students, through comprehensive and collaborative academic and social supports. This program is for incoming, full-time Parkland students.


TRiO Student Support Services at Parkland College promotes equal opportunity to succeed by providing high-quality and responsive support services for first-generation college students, low-income students, and students with disabilities.

Support for Workforce Training (SWFT)

Parkland College's Support for Workforce Training (SWFT) program helps in-district residents move into high-demand careers with family-sustaining wages within a year or less. SWFT was founded with the support of the Illinois Workforce Equity Initiative grant. We strive to close the career gap by assisting underserved residents in advancing their academic and professional careers.

Career Services

Whether you are a student choosing a college major or you are a dislocated worker, career changer, or retiree, we have career resources and services designed to assist you. 


Undocumented Students

Parkland College is committed to serving students and assisting them to reach their educational goals, regardless of citizenship status. No federal or state law prohibits the admission of undocumented immigrants to US colleges, public or private. Federal or state laws do not require students to prove citizenship in order to enter US institutions of higher education. Undocumented students who are not otherwise eligible for federal financial aid may apply for Illinois Monetary Award Program (MAP) grants using the Alternative Application for Illinois Financial Aid

Engagement and Mental Health Resources

Student Organizations

Student Life maintains a list of student organizations that are currently active, as well as ones that have existed in the past but have become inactive. If you do not find one that meets your interests, contact Student Life for information on starting a new one.

Club Latino

Club Latino is for those who want to serve the community, learn about Hispanic/Latino cultures, and have fun. We spend our time doing service activities, kick back activities, and having club meetings where we share information and discuss what we want to do next.

Advisors: Charles Larenas (

President: Maricela Mata-Villa (

Treasurer: Paulina Reynoso-Ixcoy (

Meeting: Thursdays @ 12 pm in D203

Center for Community Engagement

The Center for Community Engagement supports and promotes the active engagement of the College’s students, faculty, and staff in partnership with the communities of Illinois Community College District 505. Many volunteer opportunities are available.

Counseling Support Center

Our Counseling Support Center offers counseling services, workshops, peer mentoring, and more.


Parkland is part of TalkCampus, an anonymous mental health peer support network, available to you 24/7. The TalkCampus platform combines intuitive design, clinical excellence, world-class technology and global support to over 250 institutions and millions of students worldwide. Available in 26 languages.

Community Resources

Community Resources

La Casa Cultural Latina, University of Illinois

    La Casa Cultural Latina has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to Latina/o students and the campus community, as well as local and global communities. La Casa reflects the diversity of Latina/o cultures and exemplifies el éxito Latino that shapes the Americas in our contemporary world. All students, faculty, staff, and community members are welcomed and encouraged to participate in La Casa’s many educational, cultural, and social advocacy programs.

    Immigrant Services of Champaign-Urbana

      ISCU.jpgThe purpose of Immigrant Services of Champaign-Urbana is to extend a welcoming hand to immigrant families who are new to our community. When families face obstacles, we are here to help; we provide them with the tools they need to build a future where their talents and skills will help them fulfill the dreams they had when they first arrived in this country.

      Latino Partnership of Champaign County

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      The Latino Partnership is an organization dedicated to supporting the Latino community of Champaign-Urbana and the surrounding area. Their mission is to eliminate discrimination, defend human and civil rights protected by the law, support instruction or training individuals to develop and improve their skills and abilities, share public awareness and understanding of timely issues which are pertinent and beneficial to the community. 

      New American Welcome Center

      NAWC.JPG The New American Welcome Center at the University YMCA works to co-create a community where all immigrants can thrive and flourish. They do this by engaging local institutions and mobilizing community resources to ensure equitable access to services, economic opportunity, and meaningful belonging.

      The Immigration Project 

      ImmigrationProject_logo.png The Immigration Project provides non-profit immigration legal services in Central and Southern Illinois. The Immigration Project endeavors to provide access to justice for immigrants and their families through immigration-related legal and educational services to immigrants, refugees, their families, and others in downstate Illinois.

      National Resources

      National Resources

      Latinx Leads Student Leadership Conference

      Latinx Leads.pngLatinx Leads is a student leadership conference affiliated with the Miller Institute. The learning outcomes at each conference are to raise awareness, increase knowledge, and develop skills related to being a Latinx agent of social change. 

      United States Hispanic Leadership Institute

      USHLI.pngThe mission of the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute (USHLI) is to fulfill the promises and principles of democracy by promoting education and leadership development, empowering Latinos and similarly disenfranchised groups through civic engagement and research, and by maximizing participation in the electoral process. They host an annual leadership conference that brings together Hispanic students, educators, and young professionals.

      Mental Health Resources for Marginalized Communities

      A webpage detailing general resources from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, including resources specific to the Hispanic/Latinx community.

      Therapy for Latinx

      Therapy for LatinX.pngTherapy for Latinx provides resources for the Latinx community to heal, thrive, and becomes advocates for their own mental health. They maintain a directory of Latinx therapists.