HLAA Newsletter | AUG 2019
In this Edition:
- OPEN CALL: HLAA NATIONAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS
- ETHNIC STUDIES PROGRESS
- DR. GUS FRIAS HONORED FOR SERVICE
- BOSTON CHAPTER LEADERSHIP
- TARDEADA EVENT IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA (SoCal)
- MARK YOUR CALENDARS
- IN THE NEWS
- JOB OPPORTUNITIES
OPEN CALL: HLAA NATIONAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Supporting the HLAA’s programming and serving on the board provide incredible opportunities to expand your network, gain new skills, and enhance your career. The monthly time commitment is on average 3-5 hours per month.
During this period we will conduct a search for qualified members to fill volunteer positions on the Board for a two-year term beginning January 1, 2020.
If you would like to be considered for one of the leadership roles below, please apply by completing the HLAA Board Interest Form.
- Maintains membership list.
- Keeps minutes of all meetings.
- Manages board meeting calendar.
- Notifies Alumni Relations Office of results of club elections.
- Submits annual report to Alumni Relations Office.
VICE PRESIDENT OF TECHNOLOGY
- Becomes an expert in AlumniMagnet, Harvard’s Alumni Engagement Software (5 hour training required; coding experience a plus)
- Maintains HLAA website including content updates and UX-optimization
- Maintains member database and executes data pulls as needed.
SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER
- Manages HLAA’s social media presence (Facebook and LinkedIn) with the goals of audience growth, increased engagement and improved reach.
- Creates and publishes relevant, original, high-quality content that resonates with our audience, builds the HLAA brand and helps inform HLAA programming on a national and local level. Experience with Canva.com a plus.
- Serves as Community Manager listening, responding and asking questions.
LAW SCHOOL REP
- Keeps HLAA informed of HLS news and events of relevance to the Latino community so we can help promote to the broader Harvard Latino Community.
- Liaises with La Alianza at Harvard Law School and the HLS Alumni Association.
- Implements strategies to identify existing and future HLS alumni and encourage them to become an HLAA member.
LOCAL CHAPTER LEADER (MULTIPLE)
Leads programming and community building in a local geography with strategic, marketing and financial support from the HLAA National Board.
May serve on a committee, work on an initiative and/or co-lead local events with support from the HLAA National Board. In addition, we are looking for volunteers to help plan the first-ever Harvard Latinx alumni reunion happening October 2020.
DIRECTOR ELECTION PROCESS & TIMELINE:
The Governance Committee is responsible for identifying and evaluating candidates for the Board. We are seeking individuals with a variety of professional and personal backgrounds in order to obtain an inclusive range of viewpoints and perspectives. For questions regarding the Nominations process, please contact Debra Reed, Vice President of Governance at email@example.com.
Friday, September 13, 2019 - Nominations deadline
October – December, 2019 - Transition period for incoming and outgoing Board members
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 - New Board members begin their two-year term
ETHNIC STUDIES PROGRESS
Over the past five years, the HLAA has worked diligently with students and administrators, as well as alumni, to help promote Ethnic Studies, including Latinx Studies, at Harvard. The following articles discusses efforts across the university to promote Ethnic Studies:
DR. GUS FRIAS HONORED FOR SERVICE
At the Annual Dinner of the Harvard Club of Southern California, Dr. Gus Frias was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation for 15 years of service as a member of its board of directors. Dr. Frias is a founding board member of the HLAA, and his hard work is greatly appreciated. He was instrumental in the founding of HLAA and has been a strong promoter of the Early College-Awareness Program! Thanks, Dr. Frias!
BOSTON CHAPTER LEADERSHIP
The Boston Chapter of HLAA is super excited to announce that it will be seeking to expand its leadership positions. Our goal is to create a vibrant chapter in Boston to support students on campus and alumni in the area. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested. Boston chapter leadership will meet once a month and host at least 4 events per year in the Boston area.
- First Vice President - Events (organize 4 events per year)
- Second Vice President - Recruitment (work with organizations on campus and assist in identifying local Boston alumni)
TARDEADA EVENT IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
On July 28, 2019, the HLAA Chapter in Southern California had a great Harvard Latino Students and Alumni Tardeada, which was our version of a Harvard Send-Off.
This event was well-attended by over 100 Harvard students, alumni and their families, and a select number of guests. The event was held at the home of Drs. Andres and Gloria Gonzalez in the city of Altadena, California. As part of its agenda, Ms. Claudia Garcia - founder of Harvard's Mariachi Veritas - assisted us to secure the participation of Mariachi Corazon de Magnolia, which is composed of children from Magnolia Elementary School in the city of Los Angeles. In appreciation for their performance, we gave all children a Harvard t-shirt and secured the permission from their parents to use their pictures as part of the HLAA's website and other related HLAA publications (see attachments).
The Harvard Tardeada also included an update on the HLAA's work by HLAA Finance VP Albert Maldonado, and we honored a group of recently-admitted students and alumni.
FIRST YEAR RETREAT AND EXPERIENCE (FYRE)
The First-Year Retreat and Experience (FYRE) is Harvard’s newest pre-orientation program geared toward incoming first-generation, low-income first-year students. The goal of the program is to introduce students to the many resources available to them on campus and to allow students to forge meaningful connections before the start of the semester to ensure a successful transition to Harvard.
In partnership with the Harvard Libraries, FYRE will kick off on Friday, August 23 with an opening event in the Locker Reading Room of Widener Library. As part of this event, each student will be given a book recommended and personalized by one of Harvard’s esteemed faculty, staff, or first-generation alumni.
If you can donate a book, either from your collection or by purchasing it from an on-line seller, please complete the form here If you plan on shipping a book, please send it before August 21, 2019 to the following address:
First Year Retreat and Experience (FYRE)
Attention: Ms. Diana Giron
Harvard Yard, Grays Ground Level
1 Oxford Street, Cambridge,MA 02138
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
October 2 - Welcome to Your City Events (SoCal, NorCal, Dallas, Boston, etc.)
October 4 - 5th - HBS Prospective Students Diversity Day and Adelante Conference (Boston)
November 28 - Pachanga (Boston)
Oct 9-11, 2020 - First-Latino Alumni Reunion (Harvard Campus)
IN THE NEWS
Check out this Forbes spotlight on Latina-entrepreneur-extraordinaire, Max Tuchman (HBS/HKS'12) and her company, Caribu!
Great story about twin brothers Octavio and Omar.
JOB OPENINGS AND SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES
HBS Admissions is hiring an Assistant Director of Diversity Recruitment. Candidates must demonstrate a deep understanding of the challenges and opportunities associated with recruiting candidates from diverse backgrounds.
Please share with your networks: https://sjobs.brassring.com/TGnewUI/Search/Home/Home?partnerid=25240&siteid=5341#jobDetails=1461426_5341
Correction: Our February newsletter called Secretary Julian Castro the first Harvard Alum to run for President. Castro is among the first, if not the first, to run and poll highly among Democratic candidates. However, Senator Ted Cruz is among the first, if not the first, Harvard Latino alumni to launch a serious campaign for President when he was the runner-up for the Republican Party nomination in the 2016 presidential election.