Experience : (1990 - 1999)
The student newsletter La Casa News replaced La Voz.
This newsletter included both local and national information
on Latino issues. La Casa News continued until 1995 when email became
the primary means of sharing information.
Dr. Oscar Arias Sánchez, President of the Republic of Costa
Rica from 1986-1990, gave the inaugural address of the Indiana Center
on Global Change and World Peace, and met with students at La Casa.
César Chavez, Founder and President of the United Farm Workers,
lectured on “The Grapes of Wrath” in recognition of
Hispanic Heritage Month. This lecture was presented by Union Board
and co-sponsored by the Office of Latino Affairs, Sigma Lambda Beta,
and Latinos Unidos of Indiana University.
Actor and comedian Paul Rodriguez performed for Hispanic Heritage
Month. The event was sponsored by the Office of Latino Affairs and
co-sponsored by Union Board, Sigma Lambda Beta, and Latinos Unidos
of Indiana University.
||Three Latinos Unidos Sportsfest participants gather
for a photograph at the commemoration banquet.
Gamma Phi Omega became the first Latina sorority founded
at Indiana University. The establishment was spear-headed by Veronica
Montemayor, Monica Guzman, and Cristina Rodela. The Alpha chapter
women pledge sisterhood, academic excellence, community service,
and cultural awareness.
was created to improve public awareness of the richness of Hispanic
culture and to provide a forum to discuss issues faced by Hispanics
in the corporate world. In 2002, this group changed its name to
the Latin MBA Association.
Téllez was appointed as the Director of the Latin
American Music Center.
The IU Latino Enhancement Committee was created. This student organization
was aimed at recruiting and enhancing leadership development for
IU Latino students. This group later became the Latino Enhancement
Cooperative in 2001.
Latinos Unidos Sportsfest participants pictured here take time
out from the busy schedule of competition.
Quintano, performer/artist/storyteller, performed.
Her presentation was sponsored by: Health and Wellness Education,
IUSA, and Panhellenic. The event was co-sponsored by: Department
of Residence Life, Poynter Center, Office of Women's Affairs,
Briscoe Wellness Center, Latino Affairs, and Latino Unidos.
Quintano's performance was an original monologue about body
image, self-esteem and eating concerns entitled "Escape
The Latin American Music Center published the first volume of its
||Members of the Latinos Unidos squad take time for a photograph
during the Sportsfest competition.
presented "The man behind the Movie: Stand and Deliver."
The event was sponsored by Union Board and the Office of Latino
entered the Little 500 bike race. The effort was spear-headed
by Jerry Gutierrez, Derrick Espadas, and Lillian Casillas.
"Black and Brown Get Down" was presented by Elena
"Building Alliances in an Age of Divide-and-Conquer:
A Dialogue Exploring the Relationships Between African-Americans
and Latinos" was presented by Elizabeth Martinez.
These events were sponsored by: Gamma Phi Omega, Office
of Latino Affairs, Office for Women's Affairs, Office of
Afro-American Affairs, School of Business, Department of
Political Science, Department of Speech Communication, Commission
on Multicultural Understanding, Lilly Foundation Campus
Climate Grant, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Dean
of Students Office.
The First Annual Midwest Latina/o Student Leadership
Conference was held at Indiana University, Bloomington.
This conference was founded to celebrate the uniqueness of
Latinos in a forum by/for students. The conference was not
held again until 2001, when it was known as the Indiana Latina/o
Collegiate Leadership Conference.
Poet/Novelist/Essayist Ana Castillo presented
"Coming Home" for National Hispanic Heritage Month.
The event was sponsored by the Office of Latino Affairs, Sigma
Chi Scholars Program, Department of English, Office of the
Vice President for Academic Affairs and the Bloomington Vice
Sigma Lambda Gamma became the second Latina sorority to be founded
at Indiana University. The Psi chapter women pledge cultural awareness,
morals and ethics, community service, academics, and social interaction.
The Latino Graduate Students Association was created. The first
president was David Ortiz. This group works to enhance the experience
of graduate students at Indiana University and provide support and
a network for the success of its members.
Dr. Carlos Muñoz Jr. gave a lecture entitled
"The Hispanic Experience: Myths and realities." Dr. Muñoz
is a scholar, activist, and author of "Youth, Identity, Power:
The Chicano Movement" (Verso Press, 1989), which won the Gustavous
Myers book award for outstanding scholarship on a subject of human
rights in the Americas. He was also a senior consultant on the PBS
television series "Chicano!: History of the Mexican Civil Rights
Movement." This lecture took place as part of National Hispanic
Heritage Month and was sponsored by the Anthropology Department,
the Office of Diversity Programs, the Office of Latino Affairs,
and the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Chancellor.
Dr. Jose Cuellar, Founder and Director of Dr. Loco's
Rockin' Jalapeño Band lectured at I.U. His talk "History
of Chicano Music" was part of Hispanic Heritage Month and sponsored
by the Anthropology Department, the Office of Diversity Programs,
the Office of Latino Affairs, and the Office of the Vice President
for Academic Affairs and Chancellor.
Latino students first participated in IU Sing,
an event held every February to raise money for scholarships for
IU students. “Come and Ride the Train with MEZCLA” was
spear-headed by Cynthia Fierro and Aida Martinez.
In an effort
to further their use of Spanish, students including Cynthia Fierro
created the club
IDIOMA. This group served to increase their use of
the Spanish language via practice and also to learn more about the
cultural components of the Latino cultures.
The Latino Folkore Group was officially recognized
as a student group on campus, but it began as an informal organization
in the late 70's-early 80's. Under the guidance of various leaders,
this organization sought to learn, practice, and perform folk dances
from various Latin American countries.
United Students Against 20/20 protested the plan because it failed
to address the unique needs of Latino students and the recruitment
of Latino faculty and staff.
Alberto Torchinsky was appointed Associate Vice-Chancellor for Strategic
Hiring and Support.
||For Dia de la Raza, the band Alma Azul
treated listeners to a wonderful performance at La Casa.
On June 30, 1999, the Office of Latino Affairs officially closes.
La Casa, the Latino Cultural Center reopened after a $200,000 renovation
project. Improvements included the addition of wheelchair ramps,
extra study space, and central air conditioning.
||David Cordova, responsible for the development
of Latinos Unidos, gathered at La Casa during graduation with
other previous presidents of the group. From left to right:
Kian Karimi, Rob Cespedes, Cynthia Fierro, David Cordova, and
Dr. Alberto Torchinsky, previous Dean of Latino Affairs.
Michelle Gutierrez (far left)
meets with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
along with other students. Michelle represented the Protective
Order Project in the meeting which focused on the law school's
clinic and pro bono programs.