HLAA Newsletter | June 2019

In this Edition:



Harvard Overseer & HAA Director of Election Results

HLAA Latinx Mini-Reunion

HLAA Pens Letter in Support of Professor García-Peña

Latinx Students in Public Health Reception

Palabritas Launch Party

HBS Prospective Student Summer Events

Webinar: The Tax Intelligent Investor (HBSLAA)


In The News

Job Openings & Service Opportunities

Harvard Latino Students Send-Offs

Mark Your Calendars



In the first year of online voting, voter participation increased 37%. Over the last 5 years, HLAA has been proactive in its efforts to get more Latinos, people of color, and allies elected to the HAA and Overseers. We are super proud of our efforts and process, as well as our partnership with other groups like the Coalition for a Diverse Harvard. We would like to thank all those who voted, and look forward to your continued support and voting efforts! Together we can make a difference. Congratulations to all new elected Overseers and HAA Directors. Read more here.


(Photo Credit: Catherine Dondero @Chatty Photography)


Co-president of the HLAA Boston Chapter, Guillermo Hamlin, along with our host committee of alumni, were super excited to see almost 40 Latinx alumni for our annual Latinx Mini-Reunion during Harvard Reunion Weekend. This year, we were grateful to host the event in Ticknor Lounge. Please remember that HLAA hosts this event every year during reunion weekend. Please keep that in mind as you plan your next reunion on campus. Please share you reunion weekend pictures on our Facebook page.



Professor García-Peña is the Roy G. Clouse Associate Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures and of History and Literature. Her work focuses on race and ethnicity, Hispanic Caribbean literature, and human rights. Professor García-Peña  is one of the first professors of Latino Studies to ever be hired at Harvard and is up for tenure in the Fall.


In the wake of the departures of three tenure-track professors who specialize in Ethnic Studies in recent months, more than a dozen students launched a letter-writing campaign to shed light on Professor García-Peña’s mentorship of Latinx and Afro-Latinx students across campus.


HLAA has also submitted a letter of support which was co-signed by the Harvard Ethnic Studies Coalition, the Harvard Black Alumni Society, the Harvard Asian American Alumni Alliance and the Harvard South Asian Alumni Alliance. While alumni voices do not factor into the official tenure review, we hope to reinforce our Latinx students’ efforts and reassure Professor García-Peña that our community values her.



On Thursday, May 9, 2019, the Latinx Students in Public Health Association (LSPHA), in partnership with the Office of Alumni Affairs, at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (HSPH) hosted the first ever Reception for Latinx Students, Alumni, Faculty & Staff at Doña Habana Restaurant. This was an opportunity spearheaded by some of the current student board – Tariana Little, Magali Flores, and Jeanette Schnierle – as an opportunity to increase networking among Latinx individuals associated with the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

With over 50 people registered and over 30 people in attendance, the event was wildly successful! Food and libations were provided to all those in attendance. One of the highlights of the evening was having the mentees of several mentors present who were not affiliated with Harvard Chan. This opportunity allowed for the collective to mentor and to reinforce resilience in the face of adversity as it pertains to climbing the academic and professional ladders. LSPHA and HSPH look forward to continuing to coordinate events that help to facilitate networking amongst Latinx folx across the University and across the globe!

For more information please contact Jacob Barrera via email at




Earlier this Spring, President Emeritus of HLAA, Ed Rocha, hosted the Palabritas Launch Party in his home in Malden, MA. The student leadership of Palabritas came over for an evening of fun and conversation. They were joined by several Latinx Alumni from literary and journalistic professions.


PALABRITAS is a Latinx literary publication based out of Harvard College with the mission of creating a space for Latinx writers to showcase their work regardless of prior publishing experience. This summer, HLAA, in conjunction with Palabritas, will unveil some of this amazing work via our Facebook page. Stay tuned!


If you would like to get your copy or would like to mentor these wonderful students, please visit their website.



HBS MBA Admissions will host Diverse Perspectives Information Sessions in various cities this summer. Please share these registration links with young professionals who should consider applying to business school. Alumni & current HBS students are welcome to attend and do not need to register.

July 22, 2019, Diverse Perspectives Information Session in NYC (Strategy&)

July 23, 2019, Diverse Perspectives Information Session in NYC (BCG)

August 13, 2019, Diverse Perspectives Information Session in DC (Alvarez & Marsal)

August 21, 2019,  Diverse Perspectives Information Session in Houston (BCG)

August 27, 2019, Diverse Perspectives information Session in Boston (HBS Hawes 101)


Hosted by the HBS Latino Alumni Association (HBSLAA)

Whether you hold stocks and bonds in your 401K, received stock options from your employer, or have angel investments in the horizon, many investors don’t understand how to manage their portfolio to minimize the tax burden. Throughout this online webinar, participants will learn about tax efficient strategies to manage investments.


Thursday, June 20, 2019

5:00pm Pacific, 8:00pm Eastern


Speaker: Martin Curiel

Co-Founder and President at MYeCFO and Founder of the Rising Farmworker Dream Fund


Cost: $15




HBS Latino Prospective Student - Summer Events - Shirley




Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar, first Latino on the Harvard Corporation


Diane E. Lopez named Harvard Vice-President and General Counsel


Dolores Huerta Receives Radcliffe Medal



If your company is hiring, please feel free to share the information with our community on our Facebook page. We will also begin aggregating openings in our newsletters.


HBS MBA Admissions, Assistant Director of Diversity Recruitment


EF Education First, Tour Sales Consultant (Entry-Level)


The Hispanic Scholarship Fund, Multiple Opportunities


The NALEO Educational Fund, Multiple Opportunities


The TELACU Education Foundation, Multiple Opportunities



All HLAA Chapters are encouraged to host a Harvard Latino Students Send Off.  Members of the Harvard College Parents Committee are available to support all HLAA Chapters in hosting all Send Offs.  


Please note the Student Send-off Event Guidelines that can be used to plan an inclusive and welcoming event for the newest members of our Harvard community.  Please also note Key Dates and  FAQs for incoming students and families that can be distributed at Send Off events.


Please complete this brief form to request materials, contact information for parents, and/or support from Harvard’s Parents Engagement Programs office and the Harvard College Parents Committee volunteers. Please email to request assistance distributing invitations to newly admitted students of the graduate and professional schools.



The HLAA's Chapter in Southern California is honored to invite all local Harvard students to its annual Harvard Latino Students Send Off Tardeada, which will be held on July 30, 2019 at 4:00 PM in the city of Altadena, California.  For questions about this event, please contact Dr. Gus Frias at



June 8 - HBS Latino Reunion Reception (Boston)

October 5 - HBS Adelante Conference (Boston)

Oct 9-11, 2020 - First-Latino Alumni Reunion (Harvard Campus)


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