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LATINOS OF DARTMOUTH Fall 2006 Latinos of Dartmouth Approximately 6% of an undergraduate population of 4200 students are Latino/a Majority are of Mexican, South American, and Cuban heritage. Growing numbers of Puerto Ricans, Dominicans, and students of Central American heritage. Latino Resources LALACS House (Latin American, Latino, and Caribbean Studies House): Opened in May 2001. Programs include film nights, community dinners, receptions for guest lecturers, art exhibitions, and a space for Latino organizations. La Casa: A Spanish language affinity house opened 1993 currently operated by the Spanish Department. Latino/a Advisor Office & Assistant Dean of Student Life: Established in 1995 to provide academic and personal counseling for undergraduate Latino students. OPAL Office (Office of Pluralism and Leadership): Home of the advisors for under represented groups. Established 2001. Conferences, Festivals, Events, and Speakers Encuentro Latino 2005: A Dartmouth Summer Arts Festival NASPA New England Latino Conference 2006 May 1, 2006 Immigration Rally Alternative Spring Break Juarez, Mexico Dolores Huerta (UFW) Oct. ’06 Speaker Josefina Lopez: "Reel Women vs. Real Women" Guillermo Gomez-Peña: Program with the Orozco Murals at Dartmouth Annual Student Events • Día de Los Muertos • Cinco de Mayo Celebrations • Noche Dorada • Professor-Student Dinners • Latino Community Dinners • Alianza Newsletter • Movie Nights at LALACS and La Casa • Big Sib-Lil Sib Program Academics Departments of Spanish and Portuguese Latin American, Latino, and Caribbean Studies Department Examples: * The Borderlands: Latino/a Writers in the United States * Living in the Borderlands: Latino/a Culture and Identity * Representations of/from Latinos in the Media and the Arts Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow Program * Increase the number of professors of color going into academia E.E. Just Science Forum * Increase minority student participation in the Sciences Latino Organizations Latino Leadership Council: Umbrella organization of the Latino student groups. Meets to talk about common community goals and strategies. La Alianza Latina: Founded in 1985 and serves the community in cultural/community building programs, and student representation M.E.Ch.A.: Chicano/a student organization which promotes learning of Mexican-American/Chicano/a issues, politics, and culture on campus Lambda Upsilon Lambda, Inc: Latino fraternity established at Dartmouth in 1997. LUL has worked on many campus and national programs to promote "Latinidad". Famous for their Noche Dorada program on campus during Latino Heritage Month Sigma Lambda Upsilon, Inc.: Latina sorority founded in 2002. Active in cultural programs and is known for their "Raices" program on various themes of Latina identity. Ballet Folklorico de Dartmouth: Founded in 2001. Dance group which specializes in the dances of Mexico and Central and South America. One of the most culturally diverse groups on campus. ICC: Student representatives of the OPAL Communities: Asian-America, Black, Latino/a, Native American, LGBT, International, and at large student groups. Diversity Affairs Committee of Student Assembly: Sub-set of the main student governing body on campus specifically representing students of color. DALA (Dartmouth Association of Latino Alumni) Objectives: Develop a job/career network for DALA alumni and Latino students, in conjunction with the Career Services Office at Dartmouth College. Working with the Admissions Office to attract prospective Latino students in an effort to meet the College's goal to increase diversity. Establish mentorship activities between DALA and current Latino students. Develop a scholarship program for Latino students at Dartmouth College. Campus Climate Issues Responses Not enough Latino/a professors and staff on We have had no real response from administration. campus. How can we make our issues a serious Need more incentives for them to stay. priority on the administration’s list? We need more structural, monetary and Enrollment of Latinos is decreasing yearly, lower administrative support to increase appeal yielding rates. Lack of Latino student involvement in Latino orgs. Many students in one Latino org. are involved with How do we balance participation in Latino & three other Latino orgs. Same people participating! mainstream orgs? It’s hard to be an activist in Hanover, NH! How can Lack of campus-wide political awareness of we overcome rural location? Latinos issues in the U.S. and Latin America. Banner at Immigration Rally, Cowboys & Indians Racial tensions between students party, offensive HC t-shirts Lack of administrative support We have initiated a dialogue with varies administrators on campus.
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