Promoting unity and diversity

What seems to be the hot topic at Northern is eliminating racism, developing multicultural classes and promoting Unity and Diversity. More reasons to encourage students to become involved not only in organizations of their own ethnicity, but also that of others.

I’m Lisa Jaquez, the president of the Organization of Latin American Students (OLAS). OLAS‘ purpose is to create an atmosphere conducive to the emotional and educational success of the Latino/Latina student at Northern. OLAS places an emphasis on the Latino culture but is open to and welcomes everyone. Our motto for this year is “OLAS Stepping Up to a Better Future.” Our main goals are education and retention, cultural bonding, social unity, developing future leaders, and giving back to the community.

Like any other organization, the more members we have the stronger we will be. I encourage everyone to attend our weekly meetings that are held Thursdays at 7 p.m. at the University Resources for Latinos’ basement. This Thursday, Nov. 4, we will host a workshop to teach Spanish dancing. This workshop is to prepare everyone for the Spanish dance that OLAS will present on Friday November 5th at Diversions, HSC from 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

As a Latina, I enjoy these types of events because it gives Latino students an opportunity to express our culture on campus. What makes these events more successful is when non-Latinos attend because it gives them an opportunity to better understand and enjoy some of our customs. Although OLAS is Latino oriented, we like to promote Unity and Diversity.

The Northern Star encourages members of campus organizations to participate in our “guest editor” program. To find out more information or set up a visiting date please call 753- 0117 and ask for Jami, Kevin or Tinamarie.