As part of the festivities of Latino Week and Spring Blast, prospective Hispanic students received a taste of the vibrancy and opportunities of the Latino Community at the University as well as enjoyed meeting alumni and current professors.
The entire community came out for a series of events ranging from Toward a Better Latin America’s Photo Expo featuring beautiful pictures taken by students and Jacquelyn Martin’s work “Train to el Norte” which documents the journey of Central American migrants who ride the tops of freight trains through Mexico as they strive to reach the United States to an event with Bobby Gonzalez, renowned guest speaker who shared his experiences in discovering his identify in a talk entitled, “Why We Are Not ‘Spanish’: The Rich Cultural Diversity of Latinos.” The entire week of celebration ended with Ritmo, a finale of the talent amongst the Latino community at the University of Virginia.
LSA Step into Latin America
March 28th, 2013
Latino Student Alliance and the Lorna Sundberg International Center co-hosted a night of making delicious empanadas, learning to dance bachata, and watching El Chavo del Ocho!
PMP De-Stress Week
March 4th- 8th, 2013
To help students through the stress and craziness of midterms, PMP offered three events to de-stress. On Monday, students gathered in Clemons for donuts and study time in reserved rooms. For Tuesday, mentors and mentees gathered at Dunkin Donuts to either study or take a quick break over ice cream or donuts. Another meet up was dinner at Qdoba on Thursday. Through these events, the Hispanic community successfully relaxed and was better equipped for their tests.
Latino Student Alliance General Meeting
March 4th, 2013
The Latino Community came together for their monthly meeting to discuss issues, share ideas and broadcast CIO events. Good company, snacks and a raflle for gift cards to Corner restaurants at the end. The winners are pictured below.
Kids in the Kitchen
March 2nd, 2013
The Latino Student Alliance partnered with the Junior League of Charlottesville to put on a free and fun, hands-on health and fitness fair for kids. Events such as smoothie making station taught local children ways to lead a healthy lifestyle.
February 12th, 2013
Hispanic/Latino students, mainly first years, with a GPA of above 3.3 were invited for an evening dinner with distinguished faculty and staff from across the university. Student laughed, networked and were inspired by Spanish Professor Ricardo Padron’s entertaining speech about his work with Don Quixote.
January 29th, 2013
Students joined the Latino Student Alliance (LSA), Feminism is for Everyone (FIFE), and a growing number of other CIOs to watch Tejidas Juntas (“Stitched Together”) is a documentary that explores the relationship and shared story of workers and students in the anti-sweatshop movement. The film focuses on the story of Alta Gracia, a unique factory in the Dominican Republic where workers participate in a strong and independent union, receive a living wage of more than three times the local minimum wage, and are afforded dignity and respect on the job. This is part of the movement to bring Alta Garcia clothing to the UVa bookstore. As a continuance of this movement, students recently delivered Valentine’s cards to UVa bookstore employees.
PMP Does Karaoke
January 18th, 2013
The first PMP event of the new year! A welcome back event at Baja Bean filled with camaraderie, stories from winter break over free food and hilarious and wonderful singing from the mentees and mentors.
PMP Tacky Christmas Party
December 2, 2012
Mentors and Mentees of PMP joined together to celebrate the upcoming holidays. They enjoyed free fajitas and decorated gingerbread houses as they celebrated the end of another great semester.