The Latino Experience
: (1910 - 2003)
Assigning La Casa's success to
one individual or a handful of individuals would do an injustice to the
hundreds who have woven the best part of themselves to the strength and
viability of the center and the
Bloomington campus. In their honor a committee has been formed to
develop an exhibit which will highlight the many contributions made by Latinos
to the Indiana
University community. Latino Experience at IU is a
photo and history exhibit created to showcase the Latino presence at Indiana
To make sure that this exhibit
is as inclusive as possible we need your help. Do you have pictures or stories
that you can share as part of this exhibit and archive? Your
photographs/stories may become part of the exhibit and/or the Latino Alumni
Web site. Many of us within the Latino community know of our pride and history
University. It is our hope that through the exhibit, we will
also be able to share this with the rest of the world. Help us spread the
word. For more information on the exhibit and/or reunion you can also contact
me at 812-855-0174 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Keep in touch and
hope to see you at the next reunion.
Director, La Casa
Lucio (Lucius) Rivera, of
Indianapolis, graduated from
with an MD degree. He was the first Latino to earn a degree from the
Remberto A. Hernandez, of
Indianapolis, graduated from
University with an MD degree. Dr. Hernandez completed his
undergraduate work at
Maria Mercedes Manosalva , of
Chile graduated from
University with a BA degree in Education. Maria was a member of
the Spanish Club, the French Club, the Marquette Club, and the Cosmopolitan
Club while at IU. She came from the
where she majored in Humanities and Philosophy.
Francisco Aguilera, of
Chile, graduated from
a BA degree in
Romance Languages. Francisco was a member of the
Club, the Marquette Club, and the Spanish Club.
Antonio Alonso, of
Avila, Spain graduated from
University with an MA degree in
Hilario Saenz graduated from
University with a BA degree in
Ernesto Antonio Lopez, of
Bolivia, graduated from
University with an MD degree.
Mae Camille Arado, of
Illinois, graduated from
University with a DDS degree.
Antonia Gonzalez Lamb graduated from
University with an AB degree in
President Herman B. Wells presents a silver tray to Cadet Colonel Wilfred
J. Del Toro in recognition of his being named Commander of the Indiana
University Corp of U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force ROTC Cadets for the
1957-1958 academic year.
American Music Center was founded by distinguished composer
and musicologist Juan Orrego-Salas.
The Center fosters the research and performance of Latin American artists
and their music. It also works to promote exchanges between musicians and
scholars from the
United States and
and commissions, performs, and records exemplary music from the region.
Humanities and Philosophy.
The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS)
was founded in 1963 (originally as the Latin American Studies Program) as
an umbrella organization uniting Latin Americanists
from all campuses of
University. CLACS offers an undergraduate minor certificate,
a master's degree, three-year dual degree programs (Business
Administration, Library Science, and Public Affairs) and a doctoral minor
first director of CLACS
A.L.M.A.-Alianza Latina del Midoeste de
America was founded. The group
was formerly known as S.A.S.A.-Spanish American Student Association.
Vernon A. Williams offered a call-to-action for tolerance in his IDS column. Adressing the observation that "all minorities have opression in common," Williams urged for a better
understanding of the Spanish-American community.
senior president of the Spanish-American Students Association was in the
midst of an effort to secure better minority representation on campus.
Joining with fellow I.U. student Dolly Manns,
Garcia pressured the administration for a newly structured Office of Minority
Panamanian Horacio Lewis was
hired by I.U. to serve as the first Director of Latino Affairs and as an
Assistant Dean in the University Division.
Lewis arrived at I.U. with a broad
experiential base. He attended the
College, and Northeastern
University as a student. Before coming to I.U., Lewis served
as co-director of a summer education program at
College. In addition, he served as a guidance counselor
and administrator at the college. The Office of Latino Affairs at Indiana
University-Bloomington was created to help serve the academic, social, and
cultural needs of Latino students. This office provides a mix of
programming which contributes toward academic excellence and cultural
The Latinoestadounidense Studies Advisory
Committee was established. A precursor to the Latinos Studies Program, this
group consisted of student representatives, faculty, and staff at
At a summer assembly at the IMU, Horacio Lewis
announced the donation of a house at 410 South Park Avenue to serve as the
first Latino Cultural Center.
A parade and festival celebration of the upcoming Mexican Independence Day
was more rainy than the student organizers would have liked. Despite the
abbreviated parade, there were opportunities to exchange cultural
understanding. In the dryness of the Wildermuth
Center, participants were treated to a performance by a
mariachi band, as well as a Latino rock band from
Gary, Indiana: Free Verse.
The Latino Cultural Center, La Casa, hosted lecturer Julian Nava.
Recently opened, La Casa welcomed Nava's opinions and guidance for creating
and maintaining beneficial multicultural studies at the university.
Jorge Wehby, a Cuban immigrant and doctoral student of Latin
American History at I.U., was chosen by Horacio
Lewis to serve as coordinator of La Casa and assistant to the director of
Latino Affairs. Wehby completed a B.A. at I.U.
Fort Wayne, and earned an M.A. in Latin American Studies
Early in the month,
Latino Sociology professor Samuel Betances
visited I.U. to give a lecture in Myers Hall. Originally born in
Harlem, Betances grew-up in
Puerto Rico before returning to the
United States. He then taught at
University. His speech focused on the need to increase
educational ppportunities for Latinos at
institutions of higher learning.
The college of the Arts
and Sciences Policy Committee recommended a special study committee to
consider how to implement new Latino-based courses being recommended by Horacio Lewis. The administrative delays in formalizing
the changes were concerning to Lewis since he first began developing the new
curriculum in January.
The Latino Law
Student Association was organized and launched. They concentrated their
first recruitment efforts for more Latino law students.
Studies established; the first director was Luis Dávila,
Funded largely with federal grants from the department of Health, Education,
and Welfare, the Latin American Studies Library had accumulated over 3,000
books about Latino culture. The collection consisted mainly of education and
The touring version of the National Ballet of Mexico, Fiesta Folklorico, visited the IMU auditorium for an evening
A group from the United Farm Workers support committee picketed at Eisner
food store to protest the exploitation of migrant farm workers for the
production of certain produce products.
Opposing what they felt was a discriminatory restaurant sign at Pancho's Villa, 1600 North Walnut, a group of Latino
students sought a working relationship with owner Dan Pavelich
to address the problem. Led by graduate student Carolyn Hulsing,
the students hoped to convince Pavelich to change
the sign and other advertising practices.
A referendum on the
I.U. Student Association (I.U.S.A.) election ballot offered students a chance
to send a message to the administration concerning the plight of migrant farm
workers. The United Farm Workers (U.F.W.) had been raising awareness on
campus about the origin of specific agricultural products consumed by I.U.:
head-lettuce and grapes. Many colleges and universities across the country
had already agreed to boycott non-U.F.W. versions of such produce, while I.U.
still purchased from these sources. The official opinion of the IDS, as
represented by the Daily Student opinion board, supported the boycott and
urged students to vote likewise.
A support rally for
the U.F.W. was held at Dunn Meadow. Union representatives Ray Olivas and Marcos Munios
addressed the progress of boycott efforts around the region, as well as many
of the underlying reasons for the boycotts. The rally began with a
fundraising auction of U.F.W.-picked produce.
A week-long awareness
program about the state of Latinos, organized by Horacio
Lewis, was conducted on campus. The three lectures were presented at the
Glenn Black Laboratory of Archaeology and included talks by a variety of
scholars. Dr. Anthony G. Lozano of the
Colorado addressed concerns of Chicanos in
institutions of higher education. I.U. doctoral student Carmen C. Berrios gave a presentation about the cultural legacy of
Puerto Rico. The last lecture of the series
was given by Dr. Juan Orrego-Salas of the
Center on the history of music in
The first edition of LATCA
(Latino Affairs La Casa) was published by the Office of
Latino Affairs and Editor Henry Sánchez for the
university community. The publication was intended to represent a voice for
Latino culture and ideology that was rarely portrayed in traditional media
outlets; the content included poems, articles, and stories. By February of
1976, the magazine/newsletter had a circulation of 1,000 copies that reached
as far away as Puerto Rico and
edition of the student newsletter HOLA
was circulated. The first editor was Teresa Puente, and the newsletter was
supported by the Office of Latino Affairs. The newsletter was published until
1988 when it was replaced by La Voz.
Instructor Ray Leal
directed a performance by Teatro Libre at the Monroe County Library. The unorthodox,
non-scripted skits addressed topical Latino themes, and formed a requirement
for a class taught by Leal: Chicano Teatro and
Social Awareness. The course was part of the Chicano-Riqueño
Horacio Lewis, Latino faculty and students, and
I.U. Vice President Robert O'Neal met to discuss reform progress in the
university's efforts to improve Latino programs and resources. Included in
the meeting was discussion about the fate of La Casa: students expressed the
need for a new facility.
H.B. 1324, the
Bilingual/Bicultural Act, was signed into law by Governor Otis Bowen in
Indianapolis. Co-written by
I.U.-Northwest assistant professor of Spanish Nicolas Kanellos,
the law was developed to address bilingual and bicultural education needs in
districts where there was a predominance of non-English speakers.
Guadalupe Anaya was appointed as the new Director of Latino Affairs. Moving
over from the University Division's Groups Program where she served as a
counselor, Anaya indicated that she intended to continue two initiatives:
freshmen orientation week-end for Latino students, and improvements to the
Center. Anaya earned a
Bachelor's degree in Psychology in 1974, and a Master's degree in Education
in 1976, both from I.U.
I.U.S.A. administrators continued to deliver on their pledge to bring greater
minority representation to the student government process. Their plans
included adding two minority students to the student advisory committee in
the Office of the Dean of Student Services.
I.U.S.A. passed a formal resolution in support of the plight of migrant farmworkers in
Indiana. I.U.S.A. Vice
President, senior Dave Campos, acknowledged the need to improve employment
and living conditions among the labor group.
The Latino Cultural Center was moved from its location at
410 South Park St. to a new home at
715 East Seventh St. The new location
afforded an additional 1200 square feet of space, part of which was intended
to house a Chicano-Riqueño Studies research
La Hermandad Panamerica
(The Panamerican Brotherhood), a group of I.U.
faculty and students who made monthly visits to the
Terre Haute federal penitentiary to
visit Latino prisoners, was expelled after marijuana residue was detected by
the prison staff in an inmates-only restroom.
Chiricú (Chicano-Riqueño-Cubano) first issue in spring. The graduate
student publication focussed on scholarly essays,
book reviews, folklore material, poetry, a public forum, and art published
in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.
The Latino Project, a program
designed to introduce student teachers to Latino education situations,
entered its third year at I.U. It included semester-long placements in one of
four systems: Chicago,
I.U. Vice President Robert O'Neal formed a committee to respond to concerns
raised by Latino students and faculty. The concerns included the
administrative structure of Latino representation in the university. Norma Alarcon, a graduate student in Spanish and Portuguese,
served as the committee chairperson.
professor of Chicano Studies at California State University-Northridge,
gave a lecture at Ballantine Hall. Addressing a
largely student audience, Acuna focused on the
implications of the 1976 California Supreme Court Bakke
decision. In addition, he addressed current trends in Latino social life,
including income and education.
The Latino Affairs advisory committee, formed in January,
presented its recommendations to Robert O'Neal. The committee urged for the
creation of a new Dean of Latino Affairs who would report directly to
O'Neal, instead of through the Dean of the University Division.
Furthermore, the committee suggested allocating more budgetary resources to
the operation of La Casa.
Jorge Huerta, assistant professor of drama at the
San Diego, gave a lecture about the development of Teatro Chicano (Chicano Theatre). Director of El Teatro Nacional de Aztlan, Huerta indicated that a modern theatre movement
began among Chicanos in
California in the mid-1960s. The content of those
worker-based performances focused on the injustices of the migrant
agricultural system. Huerta also directed a theatre workshop at La Casa
after his lecture.
Third-year law student Eduardo Lerma gave testimony to the I.U. Police
Department (I.U.P.D.) Advisory Committee concerning the treatment of
minorities by officers. Lerma claimed that blacks
and Latinos had been the victims of discriminatory conduct on the part of
the officers. I.U.P.D. Director George Huntington indicated a willingness
to meet and discuss the grievances.
Vice President Robert O'Neal appointed Carlos
Bakota, the director of Chicano-Riqueño Studies and an associate professor of history,
to an administrative position in charge of the administrative restructuring
process for the Office of Latino Affairs and La Casa.
The Latino student population elected
four fellow students to serve on an advisory committee created by Carlos Bakota in his restructuring efforts. Along with senior
Olga Cruz, three graduate students were elected: Daniel Simonsohn,
Jose Gonzalez, and Norma Alarcon.
Carlos Bakota appointed two Assistant Directors
to the evolving Office of Latino Affairs. Former Director Guadalupe Anaya
was put in charge of cultural and student services. Former La Casa Director
Jack Needham was put in charge of a broad range of initiatives, including
publication of LATCA (the Latino Affairs newsletter), grant proposals, and
The Latino student organization
ALMA sent a letter to all department chairmen
encouraging consideration of Latino scholars for new faculty positions.
ALMA member Mario Caballero indicated a need for more
aggressive recruitment of qualified Latino professors.
Members of ALMA and other Latino students continued their efforts to
increase Latino representation, meeting with I.U. Groups program Director Rozelle Boyd. The Groups program, started in 1968, was
intended to provide an introduction to college life for disadvantaged students
during the summer prior to their first college semester. The Latino
students expressed concern that the program was excluding Latino
participants, resulting in a ratio that didn't reflect the statewide Latino
population. Specifically, the students were seeking an increase in the
number of Latino recruiters, Resident Assistants, and participants.
The first day of
the Latino Film Festival began with a presentation of Spanish director Jose
Luis Borau's "Camada
Negra". After the presentation, Borau led a discussion of the film at La Casa. The
festival, intended to expose the Latino community to aspects of its culture,
was sponsored by the Office of Latino Affairs, the departments of Spanish and
Portuguese, Political Science, Afro-American Studies, Western European
Studies, and the Ford Foundation. It also included the films "Macunaima", "El Otro
Francisco", and "The People are Rising".
Powell professor of Philosophy, Hector-Neri Castañeda, was appointed as the first Dean of Latino
Affairs. A native of San Vicente, Zacapa,
Guatemala, Castañeda had plans to
begin a newsletter portraying the achievements of Latino faculty at I.U.,
as well as a tutoring program for Latino students.
The Office of Latino Affairs held its second annual celebration of Mexican Independence
Day in the Frangipani Room of the IMU. The program included a mariachi band
and dancers from the Ballet Folklorico Mexicano. The evening's keynote speech was delivered by
state assistant superintendent for public affairs in the Indianapolis-based
Department of Federal Instruction, Fausto Vergada.
Dean of Latino Affairs, Hector-Neri Castañeda established a task force charged with
increasing the number of Latino students at I.U. Joined by the student group
ALMA, the effort targeted
Latino students and high-school students. Senior David Marrero indicated
three major priorities for the effort: recruitment of new students,
retention, and increased financial aid opportunities.
The Office of Latino Affairs and the
Center sponsored a performance
at the School of Music Recital Hall. The program featured works by Latin
American composers, including I.U. faculty members Juan Orrego-Salas
and Alfonso Montecino. A reception followed the
performance at La Casa.
Latinos Unidos of
University (LUIU) was founded by
Denny Berrones, Tony Gomez, Albert Lerma, and David Cordova. LUIU replaced
ALMA which had become
primarily a cultural organization and did not serve as an advocacy group.
The Latino Scholar Certificate Program (for high school students) was
initiated by David Marrero, Assistant Director of Latino Affairs. The purpose
of the certificate program was to recognize the academic achievement of
Latino students and to motivate them to continue working hard to further
their education. The Latino Scholar Certificate Program was part of the
Office of Latino Affairs' attempt to establish closer ties with Latino
The first annual Latin
Week at Indiana
University was held in the Spring semester and sponsored by
the Office of Latino Affairs and ALMA. The Latin Queen Pageant was held on
the 7th and Carmen Martínez was crowned queen.
The First Annual Latino Student
Recognition Banquet was held. The Office of Latino Affairs sponsored this
banquet to recognize students for both outstanding academic achievement and
service to the Latino community at
University and in
Law Student Association
Dean of Latino Affairs, and Jorge Oclander,
Executive Director of Latino Affairs, were honored with
Outstanding Latino Awards in the national Latino magazine Nuestro.
The Farmworkers Committee of Latinos Unidos began a boycott of Campbell and Libby products
at the local Bloomington Kroger supermarket. Their protest was in support
of the United Farm Workers Union and in response to poor living conditions
for migrant workers.
Argentine author Jorge
Luis Borges spoke at
University as part of the Patten Foundation Lecture
Alberto Torchinsky, Professor of Mathematics, became the
Acting Dean of the Office of Latino Affairs.
Establishment of the Indiana Hispanic
Network: a community and alumni networking program, including listing of
community organizations, service agencies, employer contacts, and
La Casa has always been
committed to providing students and community members with a location for
activities. Pictured here, student Albert Lerma,
future Coordinator of Latino Services in the Office of Latino Affairs,
enjoys the rigors of a ping-pong match.
and author Sandra Cisneros has written about Mexican and Mexican-American
women in her work. She took the opportunity to share some of her writings
with students at La Casa.
Students from the
Groups Program eagerly wait in line for their lunch during the
traditional welcome picnic.
Zoot Suit, a film by Luis Valdez staring Edward
James Olmos was shown in the Whittenberger
Auditorium and co-sponsored by Latino Affairs and Union Board Minority and
Cultural Programs. Cost of admission--$1.50.
The First Annual Festival Latino was held
at Indiana University Bloomington. The festival featured IU students and
was sponsored by the Office of Latino Affairs as well as Latinos Unidos. The festival was created in an attempt to
increase the visibility of Latinos on campus and as a chance for
international students and Latinos to come together.
The First Annual Midwest Hispanic Sports Fest sponsored by various
Midwest universities, including Latinos Unidos
of Indiana University was held. This activity began in an effort to build
Latino unity throughout the Midwest.
Latina, weekly public
affairs program on channel 4 was created by Albert Lerma
(BA 1979, MPA 1983) and David Cordova.
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
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 Diá 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 struggle.
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 University.
The Minority Faculty Fellowship
Program was instituted.
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 Board.
Ricardo Lorenz became Acting Director of the Latin American
Music Center. Ricardo served in that position until 1992.
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 Roman-Alonso, Jr.
The Brazilian 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
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.
The Hispanic MBA
Association 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
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.
Sportsfest participants pictured here take
time out from the busy schedule of competition.
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 from Fosdick."
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
presented "The man behind the Movie: Stand and
Deliver." The event was sponsored by Union Board and the Office
of Latino Affairs.
first entered the Little 500 bike race. The
effort was spear-headed by Jerry Gutierrez, Derrick Espada, and Lillian Casillas.
"Black and Brown Get Down" was presented by Elena Featherston.
"Building Alliances in an Age
of Divide-and-Conquer: A Dialogue Exploring the Relationships Between
African-Americans and Latinos" was presented by Elizabeth
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
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
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 Chancellor.
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
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
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
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
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
(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.
Mariachi de la Flor, a musical group trained in
traditional Mexican music was formed by Dr. Cándida
Jáquez of the Folklore and Ethnomusicology
The Indiana University
Latino Alumni Association was launched with an inagural meeting. Among other agenda items, the
first board of directors was selected:
* President: Cecilia Vaca, '96
* Vice-President: Michael A. Nino, '93
* Secretary: R.R. Goyakla Apache, '00
* Treasurer: Gloria M. Escabalzeta, '96
* Board Members:
* Diana (Hernandez) Dominguez, '83
* Eliza (Garza) Fisk, '71, '74
* Maritza Quinones-Rivera, '96, '99
* David Hernandez, '75, '99
* Eugenia Castro, '95* Student Representative: Gabino
called Hombre Latino
was started and facilitated by Dr. Manuel Martinez and Ricardo Montelongo. The goal of this organization is to
provide a support group aimed specifically at Latino men who are
students, staff, and faculty. This group helps members grow
academically, culturally, and as a support network.
Gerardo Gonzalez became the first Latino Dean of a
school of any IU campus when he took over the position at the School
The Latino Studies Program
was established. Jorge Chapa, Ph.D. was the first director. The first
course offered to students was entitled “Latinos in the U.S.: Past,
Present, and Future.”
Delta Phi is a Service/Social fraternity which was active on Indiana
University's campus during the fall semester. During that time the
president was Gabino Zapata. The organization
dedicates itself to meeting the needs and concerns of the Latino
The Indiana Latina/o Collegiate
Leadership Conference provides the Latino community
with many opportunities to exchange ideas and consider future
endeavors. Pictured here, some graduate student panelists offer their
views and help shape the discussion.
Michael Andrew Nino became President
of the Indiana University Latino Alumni Association. Michael was a 1993
graduate of IU with a BA degree in criminal justice.
The Latino Faculty and
Staff Council was
created. The Executive Council included Belinda De La Rosa, Chair,
Raquel Anderson, Faculty Concerns, Gonzalo Isidro-Bruno, Staff
Concerns, Lillian Casillas, Student
Concerns, Maritza Quinoñes-Rivera,
Marketing and Public Relations. (Raquel Anderson is not in photo)
Visitors visit the La Casa tent at the annual
Culturefest at IU.
The Mathers World Cultures Museum featured La Cara Latina de Bloomington
Cyndi Valentín became the first Latina to be offered a basketball
scholarship at Indiana University.
interest group Lambda Upsilon Lambda (L.U.L.),
a Latino oriented fraternity was organized by Melvin Tejada. This fraternal service organization is
aimed at uniting men in brotherhood in order to serve the Latino