Latin American Student Union

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The Latin American Student Union is a student group at the College of William and Mary founded in 2009.

Mission Statement

From the LASU Constitution

"The Latin-American Student Union (LASU) is a leadership student coalition. Our mission is to bring a new perspective on Latin America and on Latinos in the US to the William & Mary and Williamsburg communities. Our three goals are to get involved with community service, to celebrate our Latin American identities through the Fine Arts, and to raise awareness about contemporary issues affecting Latin America and Latinos in the US. We recognize that Latin America is a diverse region whose inhabitants speak different languages, have different cultural practices, and rich histories. We are coming together as a Union to celebrate what we have in common as well as to share what make us unique. We acknowledge that we cannot be efficient leaders without first serving our local and global communities. We shall work with established service organizations as well as introduce projects of our own. We will strive to abate stereotypes associated with Latinos, and Latin America."

Faculty Advisors

Dr. Jennifer Bickham-Mendez, Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Director of Latin American Studies Program at W&M

Professor Francis Tanglao-Aguas, Associate Professor in the Department of Theatre, Speech, and Dance and Founding Artistic Director of W&M's International Performance Arts eXchange (iPAX)

Latino vs. Hispanic

LASU unofficionally endorses the term Latino over Hispanic - See constitution for more details.


  • 2009 - 2010: Jessica Fernanda Chilin-Hernández; goes by "Jess" - born and raised in San Salvador, El Salvador
  • 2010 - 2011: Daisy Maribel Diaz Ocon - born in Virginia of Salvadoran parents
  • 2011 - 2012: Dimelza Navil Gonzales-Flores - born and raised in Cochabamba, Bolivia
  • 2012 - 2013: Yessenia Jakeline Arias - born in Virginia of Bolivian Parents

Executive Boards

2009 - 2010

President: Jessica Chilin

Vice president: Daisy Diaz

Secretary: Michelle Querube Barber

Treasurer: Fatima Elamin

Publicity Manager: Chris Mariles

Service Chair: Dimelza Gonzales*

Social Chair: Jason Torres

Historian: Shani Brown

2010 - 2011

President: Daisy Diaz; born in the US of salvadoran parents

VP: Matthew Martin Gómez; born in the US of cuban parents

Secretary: Shani Brown; born in the US of west indian parents (martinique)

Treasurer: Brittney Gordon; born and raised in NJ

Publicity Manager: Marcelo; James Valdemar*

Service Chair: Dimelza

Social Chair: Cristina; born in the US of Peruvian parents

Historian: Stephany Lazo; born in the US of Nicaraguan parents

2011 - 2012

President: Dimelza Gonzales-Flores

Vice President: Daisy Diaz

Secretary: Adrianne López

Treasurer: Brittney Gordon

Publicity Manager: Marcelo Aranibar

Service Chair: Yessenia Arias

Social Chair: Christina Miranda

Historian: Stephany Lazo


President: Yessenia Jakeline Arias

Vice President: Marcelo Enrique Aranibar Estensoro

Secretary: Brittney Irene Gordon,

Treasurer: Miguel Ángel Vásquez

Publicity Manager: Scarlet KathyJaldin

Service Chair: Adriane Francis López

Social Chair: Nicholas Samman Torbati

Historian: Paula Jimena Billingsley

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