Welcome Message:

Greetings from the Latinx Student Cultural Center (LSCC)!

The Latinx Center at Northeastern University is more than a resource center for our students; it is a home away from home.

The LSCC empowers Latinx leaders of tomorrow in an increasingly global environment through their academic, personal and professional development. The Center promotes interactions between NU students from diverse backgrounds to enhance their academic, cultural, and social experience.

The center provides student support and leadership development through a social justice lens. Our cultural values of orgullo, familia y communidad, are foundational as we explore and celebrate identity in a manner that ultimately becomes the unshakeable foundation for students.

I invite all students to join us and be part of our growing diverse community of students. The consciousness building and fantastic friendships that are found here is a truly magnificent component of the NU experience. I hope you will take advantage of our center and its resources.

The Latinx Student Cultural Center at NU…
Cultura! Familia! Comunidad! Orgullo!
Los Espero!



Ana Mary Rusch, Ph.D.

Dr. Ana Mary Rusch was born in Havana, Cuba, and raised in Miami, Florida. Dr. Rusch has a Ph.D. in Global and Sociocultural Studies. Her focus is on Immigration and Integration Studies, Cuban Diaspora Studies, Identity Studies, Gender Studies, and Latinx Studies. She has over 9 years of experience in lecturing, research, administration, student affairs, community building, and diversity and inclusion.

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Sara Rivera

Sara has been a staff member at the LSCC since 1997, just a few months after the LSCC opened its doors at 104 Forsyth Street. In her years of employment, she has had the pleasure of meeting hundreds of wonderfully talented students and has been a witness to their successes. As Assistant Director, she works closely with the LSCC Director and Coordinator of Student Services on programs, events, and services. Sara is Chair the LaCLA Scholarship Committee and Coordinator of LaCLA Peer Tutoring Program, which is offered during the Fall and Spring semesters. Sara advises approximately all of theLaCLA scholars.

She has been an active member of the Welcome Week committee, Move-in Committee and Empower Retreat Committee. Sara holds an AS in Business Administration, a BS in Leadership and an M.Ed, and was inducted into the Sigma Epsilon Rho Honor Society. Sara has also received the VP Award for Outstanding Advisor Involvement in 2007 for her service as LASO’s advisor. She is a mother of two very smart children, in which she has instilled the importance of a college education. She feels very fortunate to work in the job that she truly enjoys. It is priceless to be in an environment that empowers students. She is proud to live by and fulfill the university’s and LSCC’s missions.


Rosa Torres

Rosa Torres is the Office Assistant of the Latinx Student Cultural Center (LSCC). She has worked at the LSCC for over 15 years. Rosa was born and raised in the Dominican Republic. She moved to Boston, MA when she was a teenager. In 1996 she graduated from Charlestown High School in Charlestown Boston.

Rosa attended One with One Academy where she received a certificate in intensive administrative training. As the Office Assistant, Rosa assists the center with translations Spanish and English, manages the LSCC front desk, supervises work-study students, and is the orientation representative for the LSCC, she is also in charge of Hora del Café Spanish conversation event.


Claudio Concepcion

Claudio started at the LSCC in 2022. He received his B.S. in Political Science from Stony Brook University. Previously, he worked as the Diversity Coordinator for the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance at the Obama Foundation which seeks to build a safe and supportive community for boys and young men of color where they feel valued and have clear pathways to opportunity.

Originally from the Bronx, NY, Claudio came to Boston to join LSCC staff. He is passionate about helping students shape themselves for a better future, beyond just helping them academically. He is excited to be at the LSCC and to get to work with students and student organizations to help them achieve their goals.


In 1994, the Latinx Committee, a group of NU faculty, administrators, staff, and students proposed a unique plan: a Center that they could call home. Their vision was to create a Center in which people could come together and share their academic struggles and achievements, as well as their culture.

This Center would also find a way to give back to their community. The vision of a Latinx Center was a way to take a theory and to put it into practice. This theory centered around the idea of transforming the classroom experience into community related activities and services. The work of this group culminated in the creation of the Latinx Student Cultural Center and its opening on October 2, 1997.

The Ground Breaking Ceremony took place on April 29, 1997. Those who participated are some of the many people who have been and continue to be great contributors to the development of the Latinx Student Cultural Center at Northeastern University.

Why the ‘x’ in Latinx?

In 2017, the LSCC made the conscious shift from “Latino/a” to “Latinx” to honor and include members of our community who have been historically oppressed and underrepresented. This includes but is not limited to our indigenous peoples, queer and non-binary identifying individuals.

Land Acknowledgement

We acknowledge the LSCC resides on the ancestral and unceded lands of the original Massachusett people. While we acknowledge the historical context of traditional territories, we recognize Colonialism is a current and ongoing process. These territories have and continue to exist in a colonized space.

To honor and respect the diverse Indigenous peoples connected to this territory on which we gather, we acknowledge all of this, and remember that many of us are visitors on this land.


Adapted from the Asian American Cultural Center at Yale