Latinos Unidos to educate campus on Hispanic culture

By Melani Gomes
October 2, 2003

Diana Frosch/ Staff Photographer

In Spanish, it means “United Latins,” but the new Latinos Unidos club is looking to welcome and educate students of every background.

Beginning Monday, Sept. 29, at 10 p.m., the New Residence Hall main lounge will take on a different light, as students from around the campus will take place in an organized club set out to educate everyone on the Latin culture.

Elidari Ramos, a sophomore, and vice president of the club, said, “our goal for this club is to educate people on Latin culture. Anyone who is interested should join Latinos Unidos.”

Despite its name, the club is not only centered towards Latin members.

Maritza Dejesus, a Cabrini counselor at the Rooymann’s Center who was approached by the students and is now the club’s adviser said, “This club is for anyone in the Latin culture. It would be great for a Spanish major who simply wants to know more about the culture”

One thing the members are going to do is service work. When asked which type of work, Ramos said, “We would like to help people in South American countries and even here in the Philadelphia area.” The ideas for fundraising are yet to be decided upon, but the group has some ideas.

Latinos Unidos will not be focusing on just educating. Latin music, food, and stories will be brought to the meetings if the students choose.

“Hispanic food is a very social part of the culture. We want people to know it’s not just about Taco Bell,” Dejesus said.

Meetings will be held at the New Residence Hall main lounge, Mondays at 10 p.m. “We would like more members to join,” Ramos said.

When asked about what students can get out of a club like this one, Dejesus said, “students have approached me already with great plans. We have no where to go but forward.”

Posted to the web by Marisa Gallelli

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