On December 6, Mount Saint Mary College hosted the meeting of the Latinos Succeeding in Business group. Lisa Gallina Alvarez, MSMC Director of the Admissions for Graduate Programs and Adult Degree Retention, welcomed Latino entrepreneurs and business representatives at the James Cotter Library. Lisa emphasized the connection between the Mount and the Latino business community in the lower Hudson Valley area.
Gisela Gomez—an MSMC graduate—and Jennifer Echevarria explained the purpose of the group and introduced the main speakers. Joe Alvarez, founder and president of We Are Newburgh, talked about how Latino businesses can participate in the Holiday Toy Drive and the Newburgh’s Star Project. Dr. Alex Hilario explained the ongoing crisis in Puerto Rico and how to help through the different relief fund efforts.
The MSMC Latino Student Union and the Hispanic Studies Program organized a panel on the DACA (Deferred Action for Child Arrivals) program on October 18, 2017.
Giselle Martínez, member of the MSMC Latino Student Union, moderated the panel. Panelists invited were
- Jessica Lazo. Lawyer, Catholic Charities.
- Laura García, DACA recipient. Racial Justice Program Manager, YWCA Orange County.
- Peter González. President of Latinos Unidos of the Hudson Valley.
Jessica Lazo talked about the legal aspects of DACA. Laura García told her story as an undergraduate student before and after the DACA program. Peter González shared information about how Mount students can help organizations working in Newburgh.
MSMC Nursing students visited the Centro Regional de Transfusión Sanguínea and the Banco de Tejidos in Seville. They had first-hand experience—literally—of the blood and organ donation process in the Centro Regional. According to Erin McCann, a Mount Nursing student, “This is Christmas!”
¡Muchas gracias a los profesionales del Centro Regional!
Víctor Azuaje, Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies at Mount Saint Mary College, kicks off Hispanic Heritage Month with the presentation “From the Aztecs to Hugo Chavez: Sacrifice and Revolution in Latin America.”