Posted on behalf of the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
The Latino/a Student Union would like to thank the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Student Life, and all the support from staff and students, for the success of the Undocumented and Unafraid – Cinco de Mayo celebration. The event was held on Tuesday, May 5th in the MDA from 11:30-2:30pm.
The event included performances, food, music, piñatas, informational booths, a keynote speaker, and raffles. The entire event the DJs were bumpin’ Latin American music. There were many booths, including a lawyer from Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, and LEAP (Latino/a Educational Achievement Project).
Students and staff had the opportunity to receive more information about undocumented students, adversities they face, and resources available to them through the informational brochures given out. Authentic tacos, along with rice and beans were sold. There was a cultural performance from the Mexican dance group Folklorico Tonantzin. Four piñatas full of candy, were hit and broken during the event. Students were encouraged to participate and to get candy.
Shirts were sold for $10. On the front they had the phrase “undocumented and unafraid” and “There is no turning back. We will win. We are winning because ours is a revolution of mind and heart – Cesar Chavez- ” on the back. Beautiful red flower crowns were also sold. The funds raised from the shirts, food, and flower crowns are to be donated for the foundation scholarship that is available to undocumented students. Luis Ortega, the keynote speaker, motivated students to get out of their comfort zone, to follow their dreams, and inspired us to become unified as a nation.
There was a great turnout. Around 100 students and staff were there, including a representative from the Kent Reporter. Staff and students also had the opportunity of choosing a sign of support and making a small mural with it. The options were “undocumented and unafraid”, “unafraid ally”, or “unafraid educator”. The participants signed them and some took pictures and uploaded them to social media. The mural made from that event is now located upstairs, across from student life.
This event accomplished many things. It celebrated Mexican culture. It celebrated the diversity at our school. We took this popular day to educate our community. If we love Mexican culture, traditions, and food, we must understand the struggle of the community. The funds will be able to help out students in great need.
I personally know how helpful a scholarship is, especially when you’re undocumented, since you can’t apply for the FAFSA. I only want to pay that forward to more students. We are excited to keep organizing this event every year. We hope to raise $1000 next year.
President of Latin@ Student Union
Peer Navigator at Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
View the photo gallery online!