Experiece : (1984 - 1989)
La Voz Latina, weekly public affairs program
on channel 4 was created by Albert Lerma (BA 1979, MPA 1983) and
The Minority Student Advisory Committee was formed.
This committee was formed as a joint effort of the admissions office,
the Office of Afro-American Affairs and the Office of Latino Affairs.
The committee's goal was to devise a plan by which potential minority
students can be recruited
LUIU sponsored Sportfest, a gathering of Latino
student teams from throughout the Midwest to compete in basketball,
volleyball and flag football
National Hispanic Heritage Week was declared by
President Ronald Reagan. Bloomington Mayor Tomi Allison also encouraged
the recognition of this event as well as the participation of events
sponsored in town and on campus.
Puerto Rican folksinger Roy Brown Ramírez played at the Fine
Arts Auditorium in commemoration of the Día de la Raza celebration.
The performer was brought to IU in collaboration with the Office of
Latino Affairs and Associación Estudiantil Puerto Riqueña.
Roy Brown Ramirez was one of the founding members of the American
Nueva Canción (New Song) Movement from Puerto Rico. Nueva Canción
is a mixture of music and poetry written within the context of social
||Tito Puente, a Latin and Jazz
percussionist, played at IU; his performance was sponsored by
the Bloomington Coalition for Better Concerts and Turnstyles.
Puente is known as the King or El Rey of Latin dance music.
His blend of salsa, jazz, and samba inspired music makes him
an inspiration to many other musicians. Here he is pictured
with Jose Morales, the Director of the Latin American Music
Ensemble at La Casa.
" La Caixa" Graduate Fellowship Program
was first administered through the Office of International Programs.
"La Caixa" is the largest savings bank in Spain and funds
this program. This program provides full funding for 50 Spanish
graduate students each year to study in the U.S. for a 2 year period.
Fellows are placed at various U.S. institutions including Indiana
The Minority Faculty Fellowship Program was instituted.
||Participants of Latinos Unidos Sportsfest gathered
for a photo.
Henry Cisneros lectured on “Survival of American
Cities in the 1980's”; this lecture was sponsored by the Union
Ricardo Lorenz became Acting Director of
the Latin American Music Center. Ricardo served in that position
||First Latino float in homecoming activities;
spear-headed by Maria Magaña, President of the
Folkloric Dance Group and Vice-President of Latinos Unidos.
The newsletter La Voz produced its first issue,
replacing the publication HOLA; it was designed to inform
Latino students. Founding editors included José Alvarez
and Lourdes Castellanos. This newsletter was changed in
1990 to La Casa News.
Sigma Lambda Beta Fraternity was established
on March 7, 1989. The establishment of the Latino fraternity
was spear-headed by Rudolph C. Lopez-Perez, Jr. and Ramiro
Student Association founded in 1989.
First Board of Directors:
President: Carlos Azevedo
Vice President: Marlene Andrade Martins
Secretary: Guta Davis
Treasurer: Maria Cluver
Advisor: Professor Heitor Martins