2016-2017 Slider Student Life — 02 November 2016
¡Viva el orgullo Latino!

Expanded assembly highlights culture and career opportunities

By Brenda Elizalde Rodriguez

On Oct. 12, Latinos Unidos held their annual assembly which was hosted by seniors Fatima Cervantes and Randy Contreras. The assembly started off with a traditional Salvadoran dance by seniors Maybellyne Alferez and Damian Tule. This was followed by a runway show directed by junior Monica Chavez, in which the members were able to show off different clothing from different Central American countries and as well as a singing performance by junior Briani Vazquez.

Latinos Unidos is a club led by Spanish teacher Jose Espinoza, where Latinos students gather together to do activities that build special bonds within the students.

Face Paint

Maribel Vargas-Garibay in traditional Dia De Los Muertos face paint. Brenda Elizalde Rodriguez/The Aegis

Every school year, Latinos Unidos hold an assembly in the Oakland High theater showing off the Latino culture through cultural dances and a runway of different types of Central American clothing. This year’s expanded celebration, which Espinoza described in an email as a collaboration with the English Language Learner/Newcomer program and Spanish Speaking Citizens Foundation, was conducted in Spanish.

A panel of Latino professional guest speakers, men and women from different jobs, spoke to the students about where they come from, a little bit of who they are, and what they do. They also speak about what it means to be a Latino or Latina working in the U.S.

Many of the Newcomer students described this year’s event as “beautiful” and “full of Latino pride.”

Senior Kiara Munguia Cervantes, who participated in the runway, said that she liked that “everyone was representing their roots very happily and proud…I liked that everyone had fun and enjoyed the assembly as much as those who came to see it…”

Cervantes felt motivated. She said she liked what one of the guest speakers said: “Aunque nadie te esta viendo, siempre hay alguien que te mira y mira la potencia que tiene.” This translates to, “Even though there’s no one watching, there will always be someone watching you and watching the potential you have.”

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