Frequently Asked Questions

Questions often asked by first-year students are listed below. More FAQ’s are coming soon!

    How large is the Latinx/Hispanic population at Elon?

    The Latinx/Hispanic student body accounts for 6.5%.

    What does the Latinx/Hispanic community at Elon look like?

    We have Latinx/Hispanic students in the 2020-2021 class from Bolivia, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Mexico, Venezuela, Uruguay, Argentina, Spain, Mexico, Costa Rica, Brazil as well as over 19 states!

    How does El Centro help first-year students adjust to college life?

    Our office provides a space for Latinx/Hispanic students to connect with one another. Those outside of the community spends time in our space too, practicing Spanish or learning about our respective cultures. Throughout the semester, we hold a number of fun events for students, faculty, staff, and community members so make sure to stay tuned to our website to see our upcoming events!

    What kinds of activities does El Centro offer?

    We offer a variety of in-person and online activities, events and programs for our community. From our bi-weekly podcasts to our signature events held during Hispanic Heritage Month (September through October), we hope to build community with our Latinx/Hispanic population and those interested in learning about our cultures, languages, food, etc.

    What do I need to do to join El Centro Mi Gente?

    All are welcomed. No membership is required to participate in El Centro.

    Do you work with faculty and staff?

    We collaborate with other staff and faculty members on a regular basis, hosting events to showcase what we have to offer our Latinx/Hispanic students (i.e. Aliados) and through another regular programming (i.e. Spanish Conversation Classes).

    I don't speak Spanish or Portuguese, may I still participate?

    Yes, absolutely.

    I prefer to speak Spanish or Portuguese. Is your staff multilingual?

    Our staff, including our student coordinators, can speak Spanish at least at a conversational level. Our team comprises people who were born both within and outside of the U.S.. Our full-time staff speaks Spanish fluently.

    I identify as Latinx/Latina/Latino/Hispanic, etc; but I don’t speak Spanish well or at all. Will I be welcome?

    Yes, everybody is welcome no matter their native language.

    I am Latinx but I don't look like Latinx, will I be accepted?

    Of course! There is no “look” to being Latinx; all are welcome in our space.