“What makes our club unique,” Mejia
said, “is that we represent all the countries from the
United States, Mexico, Central America, South America, Spain,
and the Caribbean.” Mejia, who joined the club in her
freshman year, added that from this “interesting dynamic
we learn…about the differences in Latino cultures that
from the outside may seem the same.”
This year the biggest challenge is recruiting new members, Mejia
said, since many students graduated last semester. Haynes added
that this year is all about rebuilding and reorganizing the club.
Some planned activities for this year include participating at
the Hispanic Heritage Festival, Latin dance classes, and an end-of-the-year
The club is open to all HPU students, even those who do not have
Latin blood, since at the end of the day it is all about spirit.
One of the biggest misconceptions is that if you’re not
of Latin heritage, you can’t be a member,” said Haynes. “Actually
we love everyone, and we could definitely use some more males
to balance our current high female to male ratio.”
According to Mejia, the biggest goal of the club this year is
to “always be in touch with [the] club members about any
events or volunteer opportunities.” Mejia and Haynes are
committed, they said, to listening to their members opinions,
since they feel that through this member-officer interaction
the club can grow stronger.
Haynes said that she is especially excited about this year, since “The
club members are more diverse than ever before, and a little of almost every
Latino/Hispanic region of the world is represented.” She also added, “Everyone
is full of ideas and seems ready and willing to make things happen.”
For more information, or to join the club, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.