April 29, 2013 9:00 AM
The student organization Generating Excellence Now and Tomorrow in Education (GENTE), which was started three years ago as a group to serve the Latino community at Tulane University, has found a niche on campus.
“GENTE is about promoting the awareness of issues facing the 'Latin@' community on and off the Tulane campus,” remarks Emily Cardinas, the group’s secretary. "We like to use Latin@, as opposed to Latino — it's more encompassing for all of our members.”The organization has hosted a variety of events this academic year. At a movie screening, GENTE brought in two actors from the movie, A Better Life, and members of the Congress of Day Laborers to discuss immigration in America. The group hosted a welcome party for students through the Office of Multicultural Affairs.
In addition, undergraduate and graduate students and faculty and staff members went to Casa Borrega restaurant for food, music, student performances and salsa. At a “Bienvenidos a Nueva Orleans” event, GENTE members took a guided tour of New Orleans with a Spanish and Latin perspective.
Lopez says that this semester concludes with a May Day (international workers day) rally.
“In the U.S. it is used as a day for rallies that raise awareness of Latino issues," he says, with past discussions about the Dream Act and immigration reforms.Campus can be a culture shock for many Latinos, he says, and he hopes “GENTE can continue to grow and become a safe space for Latinos.”
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