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HSI welcomes Latino students with La Bienvenida day
Group of students playing Lotería. | Art Court | Sacramento, Calf. | Thursday 09-19-2019 | Photo by Zoie Panagopoulos | Staff Photographer | [email protected]

by Destinee Lang| Staff Writer| [email protected]

Sept. 21, 2019

Nearly 100 students attended La Bienvenida day, a three-part event organized to welcome Latin students to campus, Sept. 19. 

The event was put together by the Hispanic Serving Institution-Students in a Global Economy. According to Director of HSI-SAGE Rosana Chavez-Hernandez, HSI-SAGE serves a large population of students who identify as Hispanic, Latina/o, Mexican, Mexican-American or Chicana/o and offers them community and resources.

Hernandez said she appreciates the importance of these events because of her own life experiences. 

“As a self-identifying Chicana woman and a proud first-generation college student, I know our students want to see that representation on campus,” said Hernandez. “They want to see themselves reflected. Having that representation truly matters, and feeling welcomed and apart of the college community makes all the difference. We want to create that sense of familia so students know they belong here.” 

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Rosana Chavez-Hernandez, Director of HSI SAGE Program educating students about services and activities we have on campus in the RASA center Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019. Photo by Denzell Washington | Staff Photographer | [email protected]

La Bienvenidos featured traditional Hispanic food, a Hispanic festival with music and games, and the film, “Precious Knowledge,” a documentary that centers on the banning of the Mexican-American Studies Program in the Tucson Unified School District of Arizona in 2011 and how students came together to fight for their education, according to HSI event coordinator Lilian Mendoza.

Mendoza, previously a student at American River College, said that she can relate to students who attend these types of events.

“This event brings visibility to students. Having visibility, support and a sense of community is what will help students get through college,” said Mendoza. 

Visibility and representation are important in the Hispanic community, according to City College business major Yvette Tapia. 

“This event has been really fun and has allowed me to get in touch with my roots, which is something that other clubs don’t offer,” said Tapia. “I like seeing the diversity throughout campus. I hope they do more events like this.”

More information about HSI-SAGE is available at the group’s office, Rodda Hall North, Room 178. 

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