Elio Leturia

Elio Luteria

Associate Professor, Journalism

"Promoting diversity is daily work...It's not only the fair thing to do, but the smart one as well."

A graphic designer and multimedia journalist, Leturia has worked and taught in the U.S. and his native Peru for more than 30 years.

According to Leturia, he became a minority when he moved to the States in 1994. The experience of “turning into a person of color, a Latino, a Hispanic” made him look into his own racist, classist, and sexist upbringing, which turned his attention into exploring diversity issues in his daily life and work. That led to writing stories and opinion articles in English and Spanish, creating photo essays, exhibiting illustration work, developing graphics, websites, audio, video and documentary pieces on issues related to diverse voices and topics.  

In 2004, he was presented with the Print/Design Award by the National Association of Hispanic Journalists for “Trivial Pursuit: Hispanic Edition,” a story he wrote and designed. In 2016 he exhibited “Cruces | Crosses,” an illustration and photography show at the Harold Washington Library in Chicago. The same year, his bilingual documentary Tita Turns 100, about the life of a centennial double immigrant, won the Society of Professional Journalists Lisagor Award for Best Short Film Documentary.  

A Fulbright scholar, Leturia is a board member of the Chicago Alumni Fulbright Association and an ensemble actor with Spanish-speaking Aguijón Theater Company.