Somos Cabrini potluck: bridging the gap between two worlds

By Jenay Smith
December 4, 2012

Smiles, laughs, dancing and good Spanish food is what Somos Cabrini’s potluck luncheon was full of. Somos Cabrini is a club on campus that combines CSI, the maintenance staff on campus as well as students on campus.

On Tuesday Dec.3, Somos Cabrini held their first annual potluck. Everybody brought different dishes and took part in a huge meal.

(Submitted photo / Crystal Catalan)
“Somos Cabrini serves to make CSI workers on campus who are from Hispanic ethnic backgrounds more involved on our campus,” freshman criminal justice and psychology major Mariel Delacruz said.
They also offer computer classes and help with language barriers they may have. This is a great resource for the CSI workers and helps bridge the gap between them and Cabrini students.
The potluck menu included baked macaroni and cheese, pork, salad, flan, fried chicken and other fun holiday foods.
“The purpose of the club is to make them more comfortable in our environment,” Delacruz said.
Many of the students who attended are apart of Amor Latino (Love Latino), the Hispanic club on campus. Some students had more personal reasons for attending the potluck.
“I’m here to communicate with and help others,” freshman business major Francis Mota said.
“It means a lot to me because my mom was a house keeper when she was younger,” Delacruz said. “She use to tell me stories about how she was the only Hispanic and she felt left out because there was no ethnic diversity.”
Delacruz knows how it feels to personally know someone who feels left out at work. She want’s to give the CSI workers a chance to feel included. Starting with the students is where she thinks Cabrini should start.
CSI supervisor Sicilia Olivio also enjoyed her time at the potluck.
“I’m here because this luncheon made me feel like I’m right at home,” Olivio said.
(Submitted photo / Crystal Catalan)
The whole event was a success and included bachata and meringue both traditional Hispanic dances.
“I feel like the students should give more to these workers,” Delacruz said.
(Submitted photo / Crystal Catalan)

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