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by Daniella Ramirez, student writer

“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 Fiesta Latina.

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 hpu.latinosunidos@gmail.com.



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