HLAA Newsletter |OCT 2019
In this Edition:
THANK YOU FROM HLAA!
IN THE NEWS
- COURT UPHOLDS HARVARD ADMISSIONS POLICY
- WELCOME TO YOUR CITY - LA!
- HBS ADELANTE CONFERENCE BIG SUCCESS
- HBSLAA SAN FRANCISCO EMPOWERING LATINOS
- HARVARD EDCAST: UNDERSTANDING IMMIGRATION
- FRESHMAN RETREAT HITS MILESTONE
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
- THANKSGIVING PACHANGA 2019
- SCHOOL OF ED ANNUAL ALUMNI OF COLOR CONFERENCE ANNOUNCED
- OTHER IMPORTANT DATES
NEWS OUT THERE
JOB OPENINGS AND SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES
- JOB OPPORTUNITIES
- HLAA BOSTON CHAPTER LEADERSHIP
THANK YOU FROM THE HLAA!
The National Board of Directors would like to thank all of you who responded to our call to action for volunteers. We are super excited about the response we received! We are working diligently to respond to you, if we haven’t done so already. We are a volunteer run organization and without you we couldn’t exist. We are excited about this next phase of our organization, as we launch new initiatives and expand our programming.
IN THE NEWS
COURT UPHOLDS HARVARD ADMISSIONS POLICY SFFA V. HARVARD
For over a year HLAA worked alongside other alumni and student organizations in an effort to protect race-conscious admissions and promote diversity at Harvard. Represented by the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, HLAA signed on to an amicus brief urging the US District Court to rule in favor of Harvard’s admissions policy. This month, Judge Allison D. Burroughs ruled that Harvard does not discriminate on the basis of race in its admissions process. In her ruling, Judge Burroughs cited testimony from alumni and students who filed amicus briefs and/or testified in support of Harvard at the trial. In her ruling she wrote: “ The students who are admitted to Harvard and choose to attend will live and learn surrounded by all sorts of people, with all sorts of experiences, beliefs, and talents. They will have the opportunity to know and understand one another beyond race, as whole individuals with unique histories and experiences.” We are grateful for the work of our board members who were involved and thankful as well to all of the students and student organizations that testified, rallied, and assisted in this effort. You can read more here.
UPDATE WELCOME TO YOUR CITY: HLAA SOCAL
(Harvard Alums at Welcome To Your City LA)
Congrats to the Southern California Chapter of the HLAA on their successful “Welcome To Your City” event at Tamayo's Restaurant in East Los Angeles. HLAA National Board members Albert Maldonado and Dr. Gus Frias, coordinated and hosted the annual Harvard get-together in conjunction with First Generation Harvard Alumni, represented by Christine Gentry; and the Harvard Alumni in Education SIGs. The informal agenda included libations, introductions and networking, dinner, and presentations by all three SIGs. At the end of the evening, everyone present agreed to stay in touch via E-Mail and to support each other's work and the missions of our respective organizations.
2019 HBS ADELANTE CONFERENCE IS HUGE SUCCESS!
(Adelante organizers, sponsors and advisors)
The 2019 Adelante Conference took place at HBS on Saturday, October 5. With over 220 tickets sold, it was the largest gathering of Latinos in Harvard Business School’s history! This year’s theme was “Empowering the Latinx Identity” and explored what it means to be a Latinx leader in today’s socio-political climate. The day featured a series of keynote sessions and panels where Latinx professionals, including many of our own HBS alumni, shared their personal stories and career insights. From “The Present is Latina” morning fireside chat featuring Kimberly Casiano and Stephanie Valencia to the closing keynote with ALPFA’s Damian Rivera, attendees left inspired and empowered to advocate for the broader Latinx community. Thank you to all who spoke at or attended the event!
HBSLAA SAN FRANCISCO EMPOWERING LATINOS
(Lulu Curiel speaks at ALPFA)
Women of ALPFA San Francisco Chapter held a conference on “The Power of Relationships and Networks” Lulu Curiel, Co-President at HBS Latino Alumni Association, and Founder of IVY Advisors, presented an insightful transformational workshop. Attendees learned how to fix their pitch for their professional and professional life. One attendee had the opportunity to be coached one-on-one on stage with Lulu, where she shared her goal of applying to an MBA program, which happens to be Lulu’s expertise. By the end of the live exercise the participant expressed more confidence in her personal pitch. Watch the video. Short video here: https://vimeo.com/368397153
HARVARD EDCAST: UNDERSTANDING IMMIGRATION
Professor Roberto Gonzalez discusses his new effort, the Immigration Initiative at Harvard, that aims to bridge researchers and policy makers with immigrant communities in dialogue, supportive action and learning.
FRESHMAN RETREAT HITS MILESTONE
FYRE ( First Year Retreat and Experience) has been officially institutionalized by Harvard College. After many years of advocating for a new pre-orientation program and over two years of hard work developing, launching, and maintaining a pilot program, FYRE 2019 Co-Chairs, Alyx and Lisette, made the official announcement via their mailing list. A special thanks to Diana Ortiz-Giron, the first FYRE Director and HLAA National Board Member for her hard work and leadership!
Want to get involved? Applications for FYRE 2020 Co-Chairs are now open and are due by 11:59pm on Monday, November 4. For more information contact Alyx (email@example.com) or Lisette (firstname.lastname@example.org). See the application form for eligibility criteria.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
THANKSGIVING PACHANGA 2019
(Pachanga Prep 2018!)
The Harvard Latino Alumni Alliance and the HBS Latino Alumni Association is proud to support the 14th Annual Thanksgiving Pachangahosted by alum, Ed Rocha, AB '06. Students, Alumni and members of the HLAA Board of Directors will cook up a feast and serve Thanksgiving dinner to students across the university who are unable to travel home for the short Thanksgiving break. This tradition started by Ed Rocha in 20XX and has continued with the support of Harvard Raza, HLAA, and HBSLAA. Latinol students from across the university are welcome to join! Please help spread the word. Roommates, visiting friends and family are also welcome to come.
Here's the plan of this wonderful tradition -
• Wednesday evening, November 27 - Students and alums come over around 6 or 6:30 to help cook. Pizza will be provided.
• Thursday, November 28 - Organizing students arrive around 11am to setup. 12:30pm lunch is served. Afterwards, there will be movies, dancing, and networking. 6:30pm dinner is served.
Please help us makeThanksgiving a Harvard familia event and continued tradition. Your small donation will support a student at Pachanga.
Alumni volunteers in the Boston area please contact Ed Rocha at email@example.com
ANNUAL ALUMNI OF COLOR CONFERENCE ANNOUNCED
Save the date for the 2020 Annual Alumni of Color Conference (AOCC)!
The 18th Annual Alumni of Color Conference, “HGSE 100 Years in the Making: Past, Present, and Future of Education for Communities of Color” will be held from Friday, February 28 to Saturday, February 29, 2020. The AOCC is one of the signature events at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE), and will coincide with HGSE’s 100th anniversary creating a unique opportunity to cherish the past and work to transform the future of education for communities of color.
Register at: https://alumniofcolorconference2019.org/
Contact information: firstname.lastname@example.org
OTHER IMPORTANT DATES
November 1, 2019 - Day of the Dead Celebration, Harvard’s Peabody Museum.
November 15-16, 2019 - East Coast ChicanX Conference
November 28, 2019 - Latinx Thanksgiving Pachanga
October 9-11, 2020 - First-Latino Alumni Reunion (Harvard Campus)
January 15, 2020 - Harvard Global Networking Night
NEWS OUT THERE
Latino Brothers Launch Loan Company
JOB OPENINGS AND SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES
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
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 email@example.com 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)