Latino Heritage Month 2011 would like to provide students with information on potential presidential candidates; enough so that they feel prepared as voters while the 2012 Presidential Election unravels. Upon their college arrival many students areeligibleto vote. We feel that an event such as Election-Ready will not only help clarify information about potential candidates, but hopefully clarify students political stand overall. Ultimately, we anticipate that this event will energize students to vote, while simultaneously raising awareness on the various political groups at Columbia University. Ultimately, we anticipate that this event will energize students to vote, while simultaneously raising awareness on the various political groups at Columbia University.Co-sponsors: Columbia Political Union (CPU), The Tequila Party
Latinos in education face significant barriers to overcome to reach their academic potential. Many invisible barriers are set up within our own minds that limit our potential but this educational event can provide the information and room for discussion one needs to overcome barriers. Latinos have one of the highest dropout rates in high school and in college so young Latinos need to be able to learn from those who had success in the educational system so that they can have similar success. Hopefully this event will open pathways never thought possible for the young Latino community.
October 15, which is also the last day of Latino Heritage Month is National Latino AIDS Awareness Day! According to the NLAAD website, "In 2003, NLAAD was established in response to the impact of HIV and AIDS on Hispanic/Latino communities nationwide, including the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands." We are hoping to host an event in the form of a Health Fair where we will have resources available concerning AIDS and its impact on the Latino community but we also wanted to have an event that is fun and social! We have a jeopardy game planned where people can test their knowledge on facts. Come by to learn more about the significant impact of AIDS on the Latino community so that we can continue breaking barriers and paving new paths as healthy and aware Latinos!