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Celebrating and strengthening Latine Catholic traditions and leadership within the church and Catholic higher education are aims of Dominican University’s new PASOS Network, which is taking shape this academic year.

Housed under the division of Mission and Ministry, the PASOS Network is a community that innovates culturally sustaining practices and ministries rooted in the faith traditions of students and their communities. 

“Through the PASOS Network, we hope to re-envision what it means to serve and support students from historically and intentionally marginalized communities,” said Armando Guerrero Estrada, director of the PASOS Network. “We want to create a landscape that celebrates la cultura del pueblo (the culture of the people). One that acknowledges and celebrates the assets of Hispanic communities to our institutions of higher education, to the Church, and to society. We want our students to feel empowered and ready to pursue all that God is calling them to be.”


Students lead attendees in an opening prayer at the start of the conference's second day.
The opening day of Dominican University's third ¡El Futuro is Here! conference featured a trip to Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood that included community activities, a mass and a visit to the National Museum of Mexican Art.
Dominican University student Bryan Gonzalez Delgadillo (center) is all smiles as he shares his excitement with the crowd.