***Editor’s note: The photo above was taken in 2019, pre-COVID-19.

For members of one student organization, seven words continue to hold true over several generations. “Remember, you and I make La Vanguardia.”

Even with many studying remotely, members of La Vanguardia have found ways to stay connected by building community during a month-long celebration of culture and influence, Latinx Heritage Month. 

“La Vanguardia has really given me the opportunity to maintain a sense of community,” says LV social liaison Pablo Reina-González ’22. “I’m studying remotely here in Puerto Rico, and it’s been really difficult not having my friends nearby. Being a part of LV has really helped me stay connected with campus.”

Over the years, La Vanguardia has strived to provide a space for Latinx students to build and find community on campus while highlighting important social issues. This Latinx Heritage Month (Sept. 15- Oct. 15), the group has worked alongside other student organizations to make sure all Latinx students on and off campus at Hamilton feel supported and connected.

Some highlights from this month’s programming include a presentation highlighting the Afro-Cuban religion of Santería, a Latinx Show & Tell, and a game night of the traditional Mexican game Lotería. A collaboration between BLSU and Minds for Change on mental health in Black and Latinx communities, and a screening in collaboration with several faculty members of the documentary No Más Bébes that goes into depth on the Madrigal v. Quilligan case are scheduled. A showcase of Latinx artists at the Wellin Museum of Art took place on Oct. 10.

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