el centro

The purpose of El Centro is to provide a culturally inclusive space and gathering spot aimed at nurturing student success among the University’s Latinx/Hispanic students, as well as its underserved and first-generation students.

El Centro is meant to be a multi-service destination on campus where students can engage with various staff and campus partners, participate in culturally relevant programming and meet fellow Bluejays.

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About Us

El Centro is a warm, welcoming place that serves as a destination to engage with all students and campus organizations.

El Centro’s goal is to promote a diverse community and provide a space where students can come together to collaborate on homework, relax between classes and connect with fellow Bluejays. The center also hosts a variety of events and programs such as thought provoking student discussions, prestigious guest speaker panels, movie nights and more.

El Centro continues to establish an ever-increasing presence on campus and has built up its services and programs since its inception.

El Centro Hours:

  • Monday – Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Meet The El Centro Staff

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Meriza Candia-Thompson

Director, El Centro de la Promesa Azul
Office of Equity and Inclusion

Elizabeth Quirarte, Elmhurst University

Elizabeth Quirarte

HSI Wellness Case Manager
Office of Equity and Inclusion

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El Centro de la Promesa Azul is funded by the Department of Education’s Title V DHSI Grant Program #P031S220108

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