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Student Groups

UMBRELLA ORGANIZATIONS

African, Latino, Asian, Native American Programming Board (ALANA)

The African Latino Asian Native American Programming Board - also known as ALANA - serves as the umbrella organization for multicultural students on campus. We provide support and guidance to students when organizations are planning education and cultural programs that cater to the Cornell community. ALANA meets once every month.

 

La Asociacion Latina

The year 2009 marks LAL\'s 34rd year in existence at Cornell. Since 1975, LAL has served as a catalyst for the U.S. Latina/o community. With the goal of uniting the U.S. Latina/o community at Cornell, LAL has worked towards providing the community with the historical and political contexts necessary to advance nuestra gente. LAL achieves this, and other goals, by coordinating political, educational, social, and cultural events. Several prominent figures of the U.S. Latina/o community have lent meaningful insight into the Cornell Latina/o struggle. LAL played a major role in the 1993-Day Hall Takeover. Shortly after, the first issue of La Lucha was printed by LAL. In keeping with its goals, LAL has remained a vehicle for mobilization as issues confronting the Latino community arise. Meets Mondays 6pm.

ORGANIZATIONS FOCUSING ON ONE COUNTRY

Association of Peruvians

As a cultural organization, APC aims to showcase and promote awareness of the abundant and diverse Peruvian culture. In addition, we look forward to engaging in close observance, discussion and analysis of the various events and issues related to Peru and its neighboring South American countries. Meets every other Wednesday at 5pm in 156 Goldwin Smith.

 

PorColombia

PorColombia groups college students with a Colombian background and friends in the United States. We strive to establish partnerships and create valuable services for our members. We also forge countless ties within our communities, to strengthen and improve our contributions as active members of American society.

Academic: Involves organizing educational events that will enrich our members and provide them with important networking connections to businesses, institutions, political leaders, and activists. These events include, but are not limited to, panel discussions, debates, and educational movie screenings.

Cultural: Promotes multiple aspects of Colombia’s culture and can be any expression of it. These activities include, but are not limited to, music showcases, art exhibits, and food presentations.

Social: The Colombian spirit is always festive and it is in this vein that we will promote events to forge closer and stronger ties that will bring our members together. Our events will include dinners, galas, and movie nights. We will also ensure that all PorColombia chapters maintain an active social agenda.

Philanthropic: The PorColombia National Executive Board chooses a philanthropic cause to support every year. This concept seeks to enrich our community with humanitarian values and influence the public opinion in the United States, Colombia, and elsewhere.

 

Colombian Student Association

To create a sense of community among the Colombian (and some other Latin countries) at Cornell and a space to celebrate, divulgate and continue our traditions and cultural expressions. To represent the Colombian community at Cornell, including their relatives and residents of the greater Ithaca area who are part of the Colombian community or are willing to establish a close relation with Colombia. To provide orientation and information to the new Colombian students/families and actively incorporate them in the association's activities such as parties, movies, seminar and talks with speakers from Colombia To celebrate Colombian art and culture by organizing and sponsoring conferences, presentation, performances and events open to the Cornell and Ithaca communities, involving their participation.  Meets once a month. Dates and times to be scheduled.

 

Quisqueya: Dominican Students Association

Quisqueya: Dominican Students Association was founded at Cornell University in 1995 with the intention of spreading awareness concerning the Dominican experience and culture to the Cornell community. Quisqueya sponsors and participates in informative as well as social events that aid in addressing issues concerning Dominicans and other Latinos. Quisqueya also tries to maintain historical and current information about the Dominican Republic as a resource that is available to the community. Quisqueya aims to develop academic and personal support services among students and professionals in efforts to recruit and retain Dominican students at Cornell University. 

 

PRSA - Sangre Taina

Our mission is to foster a sense of community among Puerto Rican undergraduate students at Cornell; to coordinate and sponsor culturally and politically educational activities dealing with the Puerto Rican issues, to promote and develop programs that will seek the involvement of the Puerto Rican students at Cornell and with the Puerto Rican and Latino community in Ithaca; and to coordinate the organization of a support network of Puerto Rican alumni. Meets Tuesdays 5:00 pm (bi-weekly)

ORGANIZATIONS FOCUSING ON DANCE, THEATRE, MUSIC, & ART

Ballet Folklórico de Cornell

Ballet Folklórico de Cornell strives to promote and increase awareness of Latin American social and cultural traditions through dance. The purpose of BFC is to sponsor Latino/Latin American culture through performance art, specifically ballet folklorico, or folk dance. In addition, BFC hopes to enrich and support student diversity through performances. Risley Dance Studio Thursday, 4:30-6:00pm

 

Teatrotaller

Teatrotaller, (Spanish for "Theater-workshop"), was founded in 1993 by a group of enthusiastic and energetic students in the Cornell campus. With the idea of preserving and promoting Spanish, Latin American and Latino cultures through theater, Teatrotaller has devoted itself to the production of plays in Spanish and "Spanglish." Now, over fifteen years later, Teatrotaller holds a well earned reputation for excellence in artistic performances. Teatrotaller has also performed in Leige, Belgium, Puebla and Mexico City, Mexico, Toronto, New York City, Boston, and Philadelphia. Meets Monday and Wednesday 7:30pm-10:30pm.

 

Sabor Latino Dance Ensemble

Founded in 1992, Sabor Latino Dance Ensemble strives to educate the Cornell and surrounding Ithaca community about Latino culture through music, dance, and visual arts. We are the first Latino dance troupe on Cornell University\'s campus and have traveled to represent our Latin American and Carribean roots through dances such as Merengue, Plena, Mambo, Bachata, Cumbia, and Flamenco, as well as our ties to our experience as Latinos in the U.S. through dances such as Salsa (on 1 and on 2), Latin-jazz, Latin hip-hop, Reggaeton, and Latino house. Through our annual concert, workshops, and community service, we present the significance of music and dance in our cultures. Meets every Sunday at 9:30pm

 

Proyecto Palante

Proyecto Pa’lante is dedicated to the construction of solidaristic communities and social networks at Cornell and in the Central New York area through the promotion of Latin and world music and dance, a fusion of artistic production with community organizing, and the critical investigation and analysis of modern culture. Meets th last Thursday of the month, 7pm, location TBA.

BUSINESS ORGANIZATIONS

JGSM Hispanic-American Business Leaders Association (HABLA)

The Latino population is now the largest ethnic minority group in the United States. This explosive growth has generated buzz about how this demographic shift will impact the future of business, the workplace, politics, education and our communities. These developments prompted the founding of HABLA to generate awareness and create dialogue about the need to develop leaders that understand our unique experience as Americans of Hispanic descent

 

JGSM Latin American Business Association

To promote awareness of Latin America culture as well as the business environment and opportunities there. In addition, LABA seeks to provide current and potential LABA members with the adequate support to take full advantage of the their experience at The Johnson School.  Meets every two weeks-please contact one of the representatives to check the time.

  

Salsa Mundo

Salsa Mundo is dedicated to the enhancement of the Latin music, dance and arts community at Cornell through organization of social dances, concerts, educational forums, exhibits, and the formation of a Casino-style Rueda de Casino and partnered Salsa dance troupe (comprised of both choreographed and non-choreographed dimensions). Salsa Mundo is further devoted to the learning and teaching of classical Afro-Latin Salsa and predecessor dance forms—such as Rumba, Yambu, Guaguanco, Bomba and Plena—which have their origin in subaltern cultural spaces of the Spanish Caribbean. In addition to dance, Salsa Mundo is committed to spreading an awareness of, and appreciation for, Afro-Latin culture, diaspora, and historical experience.  Fridays 7:30PM, locations vary.

LANGUAGE-FOCUSED ORGANIZATIONS

Los Aficionados del Espanol

Los Aficionados del Espanol is a multicultural organization committed to Bringing together students of Cornell University that share an interest in the Spanish language and its related cultures; Providing social opportunities that allow students to practice the language;  Informing the Cornell community of the importance that Spanish language and culture has in the U.S. and the world. We put out a Spanish publication every semester compiled of members' works.

SOCIAL JUSTICE-FOCUSED ORGANIZATIONS

Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan

M.E.Ch.A.’s main objective is to provide a sense of community and security, building bridges between other Latino and non-Latino organizations, and increasing the recruitment and retention of Chicanos/as. M.E.Ch.A. also intends to help the Chicano community develop an understanding of Chicano history, as well as an involvement in current issues. This intent, along with the academic support, cultural events, and recruitment efforts of high school students is meant to inspire success at Cornell. Some of our past events have included speakers on immigration issues, cultural awareness events and attendance at the northeastern conferences at various universities. Meets Mondays @ 5:00PM at 434 Rockefeller Hall

 

CUSLAR Student Group

The Committee on U.S./Latin American Relations (CUSLAR) is a Cornell University based group, founded in 1965, which seeks to promote a greater understanding of Latin America, and the Caribbean. The members of CUSLAR are a diverse group of people united in our concern about the role of the U.S. in the social, political, and economic affairs of the region. Within this context we support the right of the people of Latin America and the Caribbean to self-determination, and support their efforts to free themselves from a legacy of colonialism, exploitation, and oppression. CUSLAR works for peace, justice, and greater mutual understanding in U.S./Latin American relations through education, solidarity, and support of human rights.

OTHER ORGANIZATIONS

New American Cornell

The purpose of this organization is to fulfill the need for a new Latino and minority publication group at Cornell University. The Cornell New American will solidify the Latino cultural and intellectual presence on the Cornell Campus and most importantly highlight the contributions of current Latino leaders. The New American will feature recent news in Latin America and in the Cornell Latino community, and articles from undergraduates, graduate, and professors doing related research in various departments across the University. The Cornell New American also aims to encourage the communication and interaction between Latinos and their American peers. The New American is committed to build close relationships among student groups with Latin American and multi-cultural backgrounds. The New American welcomes any person of any background, any outside group/entity of any type with good will to participate in its organization and activity. Lastly and most importantly The New American will serve as a channel to introduce Latino culture to the University community at a mainstream level, and it provides a platform for exchanging information, news and opinions.  Meets Fridays and Saturdays 4 to 8:30 at Kennedy Hall.

 

Science Organization of Latinos

The Science Organization of Latinos (SOL) is a group of undergraduate students in various fields of science and mathematics. Our backgrounds range from biology, chemistry, ecology, public health, sociology, and the humanities - and everything in between. Our career goals range from graduate school to medical school to industry. With the small number of minority scientists and health professionals in the nation, the needs of the minority population are not being addressed. As a result, our mission is: 1. To promote equity in education by attracting historically underrepresented students into math, engineering, and science related fields, with a particular focus on Latinos/Hispanics/Chicano students, including the K-12 population. 2. To assist our members in pursuing career opportunities that best suit their potentials. 3. To assist our members in obtaining professional, graduate, and fellowship positions. 4. To provide a social setting for students to meet and exchange ideas. We are a multi-ethnic and diverse organization open to all students in the Cornell community interested in our mission. Our activities are varied, and include guest speakers, trips to graduate and medical schools, volunteer opportunities, and much more. 

 

Latina/o Graduate Student Coalition

The LGSC is a Latina/o graduate student organization on the Cornell University campus. It provides a space for Latina/o students to come together and share information on funding and research opportunities, in addition to network, socialize and become involved with social and political issues relating to Latina/os on and off campus. Moreover, the Coalition strives to provide an environment that promotes diversity and successes of Latina/os at Cornell and beyond. Meetings are usually held on Thursdays, from 6PM to 8PM. 

 

CU IMAGE

The purpose of CU IMAGE shall be to strive to increase the admission and enrollment of underrepresented students, specifically African-American, Latino/a, Native-American, and bi-racial/multi-ethnic, at Cornell University. The primary goals of CU IMAGE shall be to expose promising underrepresented students the benefits of a world-class university and to encourage all members of the Cornell community to take an active role in creating a university that more accurately reflects the diversity of our nation. CU IMAGE shall accomplish these goals by coordinating and participating in volunteer recruitment activities including recruit-a-thons, student hosting, high school visits, campus discussions, and community outreach. CU IMAGE shall actively seek opportunities to collaborate with other offices and organizations committed to the recruitment and retention of a talented and diverse student body. Through the collective, organized efforts of students, faculty, and staff throughout Cornell University, CU IMAGE shall strive to perfect Ezra Cornell’s founding vision to create “…an institution where any person can find instruction in any study.”  Meets on Mondays 4:30 - 5:30 RPCC rm 220.