BROWN Status of Latinos

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Published on February 20, 2008

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The Status of Latinos at:  The Status of Latinos at The Second Latino Ivy League Conference November 10-12, 2006 Introduction:  Introduction Brown Latino Student Body University Structure Third World Center Latino History at Brown Latino Organizations Latino Student Programs Latino Administrators and Faculty Brown University Latino Alumni Committee Current Issues Brown Student Body:  Brown Student Body Latinos make up 8% of the undergraduate student body. Retention and Graduation Rates for Latinos reflect overall University rates. Acceptance rates for Latino students are “much higher” than the 17% university acceptance rate. Latinos have the highest matriculation rate of any students of color. Numbers fluctuate between the high 40s and the low 50s. The overall matriculation rate for Brown is 58%. University Structure:  University Structure Third World Center:  Third World Center Why Third World?:  Why Third World? Students first began using the term "Third World" over "minority" because of the negative connotations of inferiority and powerlessness with which the word "minority" is often associated. Although the term "Third World" may have negative socioeconomic connotations outside of Brown, Third World students here continue to use the term in the context originating form the Civil Rights Movement. Frantz Fanon, author of The Wretched of the Earth (1961), urged readers to band together against oppression and colonialism, by pioneering a "Third Way" meaning an alternative to the ways of the first world (U.S. & Europe) and also the second world (USSR & Eastern Europe). When students adopt the term "Third World", they use it in the sense of a cultural model of empowerment and liberation. Brown students of color continue to use the term "Third World" in a similar fashion: to describe a consciousness which recognizes the commonalities and links shared by their diverse communities. Using the term "Third World" reminds students of the power they have in coalescing, communicating, and uniting across marginalized communities to create a safer and more open place for all individuals. This consciousness at Brown also reflects a right, a willingness, and a necessity for people of color and others to define themselves instead of being defined by others. The concept of "Third World" has special meaning for minority students at Brown. It is not to be confused with the economic definition of the term used commonly in our society today, but understood as a term that celebrates diverse cultures. Third World Center:  Third World Center The TWC emerged in response to the needs of students following protests in 1968 and 1975. Created in 1976, the TWC at Brown was designed to serve the interests and meet the needs of all students of color and to promote racial and ethnic pluralism in the Brown community. Originally housed in the basement of the Africana Studies Department, the TWC relocated to Partridge Hall in 1986, across the street from the Main Green, as a result of the student protest of 1985. The TWC sponsors over 250 lectures and programs throughout the academic year to which all Brown students are invited. Students use the TWC for organization meetings, study space, receptions, and other social/cultural events. Third World Center:  Third World Center Staff Director / Associate Dean of the College Karen E. McLaurin-Chesson, ‘74 Coordinator (part-time) / Assistant Dean of Student Life Kisa Takesue, ‘88 Administrative Assistant Anne Marie Ponte Graduate Proctor -Vanessa Yong Student Programmers Every year various students program cultural weeks and months While all students support each cultural month, Latinos are most involved in the programming of: Latino History Month Semana Chicana Puerto Rican Heritage Week Caribbean Heritage Week Third World Center:  Third World Center TWTP began as a result of the 1968 student protest for more support for students of color at Brown. In the summer of 1969, the Transitional Summer Program served as an academic enrichment opportunity for mostly black students. Today, TWTP serves as a pre-orientation program for all first years of color to bond and form a community of color at Brown and focuses on discussions on issues of race, gender, class, and sexuality. Third World Center:  Third World Center The TWC is the base for the Minority Peer Counseling Program. The program started as a big sibling program in 1973 and has since become residential. MPCs live in first year dorms to aid in the adjustment to college and have a particular focus on diversity issues. Latino History at Brown:  Latino History at Brown Geronimo Urmeneta, a Chilean, was the first Latin American to graduate from Brown in 1835. He returned to Chile after graduation. We have not found the first Latino who graduated from Brown. We trace Latino activity to the early 1970s, but numbers were very low. In 1974, the few Latinos at Brown formed the Latin American Students’ Organization. to the ’70s Latino History at Brown:  Latino History at Brown the ’80s In 1980, Puerto Rican students founded La Federación de Estudiantes Puertorriqueños founded. In the early 80s, Brown had two Chicana administrators. Latinos took a more active role in the student protest of 1985. As a result of the protest, Dean Armando Bengochea was hired in 1986. In 1987, Mercedes Domenech became an Admission Officer and Dean in the Medical School. She works specifically to recruit Latinos. The Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America created in 1988. Latino History at Brown:  Latino History at Brown the ’80s In 1980, Brown implemented the Latino Recruitment Plan. Number of Latino Matriculants in: 1980 – 17 1981 – 28 1988 – 59 1989 – 81 1991 – 83 1997 – 107 2003 – 108 2005 - 122 Mercedes Domenech hired. Slide14:  Latino History at Brown Chicano students revive MEChA in 1992. Students for Admissions and Minority Aid take over University Hall in 1992. Latinos make up a large number of the protestors. Brown brings in the police and some students are taken away in handcuffs. In 1993, Latino students protest the dismissal of Bill Bailey, director of Equal Employment Opportunities/Affirmative Action. MEZCLA, Latino Performing Arts Troupe founded by Elizabeth Garcia, ’94, in 1993. In 1999, Brown appointed Salvador Mena as Assistant Dean of Student Life. His duties include advising and supporting Latino Students. the ’90s Latino History at Brown:  Latino History at Brown the ’00s In 2000, the Brown University Latino Alumni Council (BULAC) is founded and creates connections with undergraduates. In 2001, Ruth Simmons becomes President of the University and dedicates her Academic Enrichment Plan to diversifying Brown. Brown holds the first ever New England Latino Leadership Conference in 2003. March 11, 2004, Latinos present the Latino Initiatives for Progress to the administration. Goals include hiring a Latino dean and establishing a Latino Center. The LIP only succeeds in re-hiring a dean who dedicates part of her time to Latino issues when Dean Mena leaves at the end of the year. November 2004, Latino organizations come together with BULAC for GALA, a celebration of 30 years of Latino History at Brown. Spring 2005, 4 students came together to revive SOMOS, the Latino Literary Magazine. Latino Organizations:  LASO's goals are to bring the Latino Community together address the concerns of the Latino Community foster cultural awareness among Brown Students reach out to the community outside of Brown We fulfill our goals by holding cultural events bringing speakers to Brown doing community service in Providence working with alumni having social/community building events. Latino Organizations Latin American Student’s Organization Latino Organizations:  Latino Organizations La Federación de Estudiantes Puertorriqueños FEP’s goals are to focus on the support of our peers stay connected with the Puerto Rican community outside of Brown in the surrounding areas to keep current on issues that concern us on and off campus both sharing our culture with and educating the greater Brown community through events, especially during Puerto Rican Culture Week Latino Organizations:  Latino Organizations Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán MEChA is an advocacy and support group for all Latino students at Brown. MEChA leads discussions that revolve around various issues that affect Latinos nationally as well as at Brown. MEChA also functions as a political, social, cultural, and educational group. It is a member of ECCSF (East Coast Chicano Student Federation) and MEChA Este Atzlán Region. While MEChA began in 1976, it died in 1981 and was revived in 1992. Latino Organizations:  Latino Organizations MEZCLA has three main goals through our dance, theater, music, art, and poetry we strive to convey and at the same time teach the beauty, diversity, and richness of the Latino culture to the Brown community at large through our cultural differences we hope to learn from each other and create a fun and supportive social environment where the interchange of ideas may take place freely through our efforts we hope to organize social and cultural events that offer Brown students a venue to perform their talents. MEZCLA, Latino Performing Arts Troupe Latino Organizations:  Latino Organizations Latino Greeks Brown is part of the Delta chapter of Sigma Lambda Upsilon, Señoritas Latinas Unidas Sorority, Incorporated and the Zeta Chapter of La Unidad Latina, Lambda Upsilon Lambda, Latino Fraternity, Incorporated. Both chapters are based in Providence. Although Brown started bother chapters, we currently have very little representation in both chapters. Currently, we have one Lambda and two Señoritas on campus; they do not have a large presence in the Latino community. Latino Organizations:  Latino Organizations SOMOS, Latino Literary Magazine Goals: SOMOS encourages all aspiring artists and writers to contribute their poetry, essays, documents, and all types of artwork such as sketching, photography etc. An issue of SOMOS will be distributed every semester with collaborated pieces of Brown students, faculty, staff and alumni, and the Latino community in the Providence community. SOMOS began in 1995, but died in 2002. In the Spring of 2005, four students came together to revive SOMOS. Currently, they struggle with funding and producing an actual magazine. They publish Adelante, the Latino Student Program’s newsletter, to gain production experience. Latino Student Programs:  Latino Student Programs The dean partly responsible for Latino Student Programs, Yolanda Castillo, ’95, works out of the Office of Student Life. Brown also hires 2 student workers to assist her. Goals: Assist first-year Latino/a students with their transition to Brown Collaboratively contribute to the quality of community for Latino students Provide shared spaces for on-going learning, dialogue, and leadership development Provide advise, advocacy, counseling, mentoring, support and referral services Raise campus awareness about Latino/a issue Connect Latino students with the greater Providence Latino community. Programs Conexiones Mentoring Program Latino Luncheons Community Retreats Latino Faculty:  Latino Faculty

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