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Radio Latijam is a Spanish-language radio show for Latina/o youth. It is produced by students from the Carolina Hispanic Association (CHispA), a campus-wide student organization from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In addition, Latijam has created partnerships with both UNC’s Scholars’ Latino Initiative and Dímelo en Inglés, a radio show produced by Dr. Julia Cardona Mack (UNC Dept. of Romance Languages and Literatures). Our goal is to host a unique and entertaining student-led radio show that encourages the appreciation of Latino cultures and generates greater cross-cultural awareness. While Radio Latijam is directed as a subgroup of CHispA, we encourage the involvement of other campus organizations, student groups, faculty, alumni, and members of the Chapel Hill/Carrboro community. We welcome guest speakers from diverse backgrounds.

For UNC students, Radio Latijam offers opportunities to practice their Spanish, to mentor Latino youth, and to enhance their understanding of Latino life and culture. In addition, students may get service-learning credit for volunteering with Radio Latijam.

History of Radio Latijam

Radio Latijam was founded by Prof. Lucila Vargas and Dr. Joseph Erba in August 2009, after its predecessor, Radio Pa’Lante closed down. Pa’lante was a non-profit organization that run an after-school, empowerment project for Latina/o teens. It was founded in 2003 by community activist Laura Wenzel and by 2005 started to produce the weekly radio show that Radio Latijam inherited.
From 2009 to 2014, Radio Latijam was a program with two interrelated components: a service-learning module for undergraduate media and journalism students and an after-school project for Latina/o high school students.Through the production of a radio show, Radio Latijam aimed to empower working-class Latina/o youth while simultaneously enabling college students to enhance their cultural competence and sense of citizenship.

The Spanish-language show was produced by, and catered to Latino youth. It provided a means for Latina and Latino teens to play their music, voice their opinions, learn about topics that concerned them and inform other teens. It offered valuable service-learning opportunities to both Latino youth and UNC students taking APPLES service-learning courses.

Questions/Comments

Please contact Kristen Gardner, Director of Radio Latijam / kmgardne@ad.unc.edu.