Newsletter | May 2019  

In this issue:

  • HLAA  Welcomes 2019 graduates to Latino Alumni Community
  • Latino Alumni Mini Reunion June 1 In Boston
  • THANK YOU!  10 Days to $10K Campaign Reaches Goal
  • Your Vote Matters! May 21 Deadline to Vote for Overseers and Directors
  • HLAA Elects new Co-Presidents and Welcomes new Board Members
  • Volunteer at 5th Annual Latinx Graduation
  • Join the HLAA Latinx Support Network
  • Mark your calendars



HLAA Highlights


HLAA Welcomes 2019 graduates to Latino Alumni Community

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The HLAA would like to congratulate the Class of 2019! We are proud of all of your hard work and wish you the best of luck as you graduate. We would like to invite each of you to join HLAA by extending a free 1 -year membership. You can sign up here. Furthermore, Latinx Alumni will be on campus on Saturday, June 1 to welcome you to the alumni community. HLAA will be hosting a Latinx Mini-Reunion in Ticknor Lounge, and you and your family are welcome to join us if you are still on campus. Congratulations and welcome to HLAA!


Harvard Latino Alumni Alliance Mini-Reunion

Hosted by the Harvard Latino Alumni Alliance

Saturday, June 1st: 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Ticknor Lounge Harvard College


Harvard Latino Alumni Association welcomes all of our recent graduates and alumni from across the Harvard University campus to our annual reunion event. We look to commemorate this time of the year for our recent graduates, allow for opportunities to reconnect with other alumni, and celebrate memories of our time on the Harvard campus.


Registration is not required.


HLAA $10,000 in 10 Days Fundraiser is a Success - Thank You!


Our community came together in a powerful way to help us meet and exceed the $10K Challenge goal! These funds will support existing programming and help us better serve the needs of our Latino alumni and students.

Missed the $10K Challenge? It’s not too late to participate.




May 21 Deadline to Vote for Overseers and Directors


Each year HLAA and the Coalition for a Diverse Harvard endorse those candidates for Harvard Overseer and HAA Directors those candidates identified as having a history of advocacy and accomplishments on diversity initiatives and deemed most likely to be proactive in helping Harvard be a more diverse institution.  In addition, HLAA highlights candidates who we believe will help further the HLAA mission to build and strengthen the Harvard Latino community. This year, we’d like to bring to your attention three highly-qualified Latino candidates:


The thirty-member Board of Overseers influences Harvard’s strategic direction, priorities and plans through more than fifty committees. More than 120 appointed and 18 elected HAA Directors are charged with building a mutually beneficial relationship between the University and its alumni.


YOUR Vote Matters!


In 2018 your votes helped elect Sid Espinosa MPP ’00, currently the HAA Board’s only Latino elected Director; and helped elect to the Board of Overseers R. Martin Chávez in 2015, Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar AB ’93 magna cum laude in 2017; and Diego A. Rodriguez MBA ’01 with distinction in 2018.  Latino voices and perspectives are needed at every level of University and alumni leadership. Your vote can help make this happen.


Based on candidate responses to the Coalition’s Diversity Questionnaire, their official ballot statements, and other research, HLAA is endorsing seven Overseer and six HAA Director candidates. For the full list of endorsed candidates go to




HLAA Elects new Co-Presidents and Welcomes new Board Members


As HLAA ramps up for 2019, we are proud to announce that Shirley Cardona and Adan Acevedo have been elected by the National Board to assume the roles of Co-Presidents. We have also filled vacant Director at-large positions and named school representatives who also serve on the National Board. HLAA welcomes:


  • Dorothy Villarreal as DIrector -at-Large National Board of Director
  • Itzel Vasquez-Rodriguez as Harvard College Rep and 2nd Ethnic Studies Liaison
  • Paul Caporaso as School Rep for the Graduate School of Design/GSD
  • Alejandra Casillas as School Rep for Harvard Medical School
  • Jacob Barrera as School Rep for  School of Public Health
  • Teresa Acuna as School Rep Kennedy School of Public Policy


Get Involved


Are you interested in joining the National Board of Directors or one of our committees? The National Board is currently seeking candidates for School Representative positions on the National Board for the Law School,  Divinity School, and School of Dental Medicine.


We're looking for passionate and dedicated alums and current students to work on recruitment, student programs, fundraising, organizing reunions, and more!  To express your interest in one of these seats, please fill out the Leadership Form on the HLAA website.


The National Board is currently in need of a Social Media Guru and Newsletter Content Writers and Editors. If you are interested in a small weekly commitment to help us improve our content via our social media and newsletter, please contact Vice President of Communications, Ed Rocha, at






5th Annual Latinx Graduation - Be a Volunteer


The Harvard Latinx Graduation committee is kindly asking those who will not be participating in this year's Latinx graduation ceremony to consider volunteering to make this event run as smoothly as possible.


You can sign up to volunteer at:

Hope to see you the evening of May 28th!


Would you like to host a Latinx student's family during Family Weekend or Graduation? Would you be willing to help cover travel costs for a student's family to attend graduation? If so please fill out this quick response form to help us generate a list of local and national alumni resources that can be activated on a case-by-case when such requests come our way.


Feel free to contact Diana Giron (VP of Membership) at if you have additional questions. Don’t forget to renew or become an HLAA member.


Mark Your Calendars



May 21 - Elections Deadline

May 28 - Harvard Latinx Graduation (Boston)

May 30 - Harvard Commencement (Cambridge)

June 1 - Harvard Latino Alumni Alliance Mini-Reunion

June 8 - HBS Latino Reunion Reception (Boston)

October 4 - HBS Latino Prospective Students Day (Boston)

October 5 - HBS Adelante Conference (Boston)

Oct 9-11, 2020 - First-Latino Reunion



Content and positions reflected by HLAA in this newsletter do not represent the President and Fellows of Harvard College, Harvard University, or the Harvard Alumni Association.


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