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The '''Latin American Student Union''' (LASU) is a [[student]] group at
The '''Latin American Student Union''' (LASU) is a [[student]] group at [[William Mary]] founded in 2009. The initiative for LASU was led by the latino members of the W&M class of 2012 mainly Jessica Chilin-Hernandez, Daisy Diaz, and Dimelza Gonzales-Flores. The group was started as a reaction to what was then perceived as a ''lack of community'' among latino students at W&M. As of the Spring 2012, LASU is a growing and thriving group that welcomes all latin american students, students born in the US of latin american descent, and students interested in Latin America and Latino Studies.
Latest revision as of 16:45, 9 September 2019
The Latin American Student Union (LASU) is a student group at William & Mary founded in 2009. The initiative for LASU was led by the latino members of the W&M class of 2012 mainly Jessica Chilin-Hernandez, Daisy Diaz, and Dimelza Gonzales-Flores. The group was started as a reaction to what was then perceived as a lack of community among latino students at W&M. As of the Spring 2012, LASU is a growing and thriving group that welcomes all latin american students, students born in the US of latin american descent, and students interested in Latin America and Latino Studies.
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."
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
2009 - 2010
President: Jessica Chilin
Vice president: Daisy Diaz
Secretary: Michelle Querube Barber, born in the US of Panamenian parents
Treasurer: Fatima Elamin, born in the US of Sudanese parents
Publicity Manager: Chris Mariles, born in the US of Mexican heritage
Service Chair: Dimelza Gonzales
Social Chair: Jason Torres, born in the US of Salvadoran Heritage
Historian: Shani Brown, born in the US of west indian parents (martinique)
2010 - 2011
President: Daisy Diaz;
VP: Matthew Martin Gómez; born in the US of cuban parents
Secretary: Shani Brown
Treasurer: Brittney Gordon; born and raised in NJ
Publicity Manager: James Charles Valdemar, born in the US of Mexican-American parents (Fall 2010); Marcelo Enrique Aranibar Estensoro, born in Colombia of Bolivian parents (Spring 2011).
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 Francis López, born in the US of Bolivian Parents
Treasurer: Brittney Gordon
Publicity Manager: Marcelo Aranibar
Service Chair: Yessenia Arias, born in the US of Bolivian parents
Social Chair: Christina Miranda
Historian: Stephany Lazo
2012 - 2013
President: Yessenia Jakeline Arias, born in the US of Bolivian parents
Vice President: Marcelo Enrique Aranibar Estensoro, born of Bolivian parents
Secretary: Brittney Irene Gordon,
Treasurer: Miguel Ángel Vásquez, born in the US of Salvadoran Parents
Publicity Manager: Scarlet KathyJaldin, born in the US of Bolivian Parents
Service Chair: Adriane Francis López, born in the US of Bolivian parents
Social Chair: Nicholas Samman Torbati, born in the US of Persian and African-American parents
Historian: Paula Jimena Billingsley, born in the US of Salvadoran and Mexican parents
Material in the Special Collections Research Center
- Latin American Student Union in the SCRC database.
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