Month: May 2019


Diversity Program of the Month

School: University of California, San Diego Region: PACURH
Person in charge: Alyssa Marquez Nominator: Trinity Webster

Target Population: 1000 Time Needed to Organize: 8 weeks
Number of People in Attendance: 166+ Date(s) of Program: 5/13/19
Number of People Needed to Organize: 9 Cost of Program: 2200
On-Campus Population: 12000 Chapter Size: 47

Origin of Program:

At the University of California San Diego, around 18% of the student population identifies as either Mexican-American or Latino. Due to our campus's location in San Diego, Hispanic and Latinx culture are important to represent on our campus. Then we can try to bridge the gap so that folks are more equally represented on our campus to parallel the community around our school within San Diego county. As a result, Sixth College created “Adelante!” in 2015 order to bring awareness to the vast amount of ethnicities and cultures present within Latin America.

Adelante is, as a whole, meant to celebrate Chicanx, Latinx, and Hispanic heritage. Adelante means “moving forward” which matches the theme of our event which focused around movement. We planned our event to be a journey through Latin America as we shared traditions and debunked stereotypes that are commonly associated with the Latinx community. We wanted to celebrate commonalities that unite Latinxs, but we also wanted to celebrate the differences that exist across different Latin American countries. We wanted to make sure that our program was an educational, interactive and fun journey in order to be able to hold the attention of our residents.

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Please give a short description of the program:

When designing the program, we soon realized we wanted to focus on "movement," which determined the layout of our program. When brainstorming, someone came up with the idea of having a "tunnel" of passives that students can read as they wait for different portions of the program, such as food or activities. This idea transformed so that we created a tunnel that essentially encompassed most of the program.

We put EZups in a large line, with plastic tablecloth lining the sides so that it felt like a tunnel. Every EZup had a set up passive posters on it so that while waiting, students could read information on different countries. The EZups also contained some of the more educational and food related booths. We paired information with food so that residents would have some sort of incentive to come to the event and interact with the booths.

Every booth was set up so that each one focused on one country in Latin America. For some examples we had the following countries and activities: (1) Brazil - where we spoke to students about the history of the flag and what the various symbols on it means. Then we gave them Vovozinha, a sweet popcorn snack from Brazil. (2) Argentina - where we spoke to students about the popular Argentinian drink, Mate tea. It is currently widely popular in America in a canned version called Yerba Mate, usually in cans and gkass bottles. We did a comparison taste test as well as a discussion of the cultural significance of this drink. (3) Panama - Where we spoke to students about the importance of indigenous cultures and how their language(s) are unrecognizable to Spanish speakers due to the fact that they existed pre-colonialization in the Americas. (4) Guatemala- Where we had supplies laid out and directions that demonstrated to students how to make a Guatemalan worry doll. At the booth, it was explained why this is an important part of the culture.

At the end of the tunnel we had more substantial foods, rather than the miscellaneous snacks within it. We had a total of 11 booths, as well as a station where residents could help make care packages for us to donate to migrant communities at the border. We also incorporated art by having a student group performance by Ballet Folklorico, and an off campus dance group called Danza Mexicayo'tl.

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Goals of the program:

The main aim of this program is to celebrate Latinx heritage and its roots while also building campus partnerships. We wanted to educate the UCSD community by debunking many of the myths and stereotypes that are commonly associated with the Latinx community. Moreover, we hoped residents would develop critical lenses as they see Latinxs in the media, at UCSD, and within the United States. In the United States, especially so close to the border, tensions can be high regarding this community and we wanted to ensure that students on our campus can feel welcomed and included.

We hoped residents would share this information amongst their peers in order to understand that Latinxs have different values, cultures, histories, and privileges. Through educational initiatives, one of our main goals was to help them learn more about countries they have never thought about before, or never heard of before. In the end, we wanted our students to be lifelong learners and we hope that this program succeeded in inciting excitement to continue learning about this topic and to understand why it is important for them be aware of Latinx issues.

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Positive and lasting effects of the program:

“Adelante!” was the first and only major Latinx cultural event at Sixth College this year and we found that there were many positive and lasting effects of the program. Overall, the most amazing lasting effects were the education of the students on a topic that is not covered often. Students at this campus are generally unaware of cultures besides their own, and this includes Latinx cultures. With this event, we wanted to bring a small piece of each Latinx country to Sixth students so that they could begin to be immersed in another culture.

As another positive effect, new campus partnerships were formed. With this program, we wanted to honor the Raza Resource Centro being on UCSD's campus, build relationships with groups on campus, and also create a program that celebrates the variety of Latinx heritages, countries, and cultures. Because of this program’s success from 2015 on through this year's Adelante, we hope to continue this tradition as Sixth College continues on. We also hope that we can work collaboratively with the Raza Resource Centro even more in the future to make this more of a combined and larger effort.

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Short evaluation of the program:

This event had over 166 people attend. Due to the layout of the event, all 166+ people had to walk through a main tunnel and were ideally made to interact with all the booths, tables, passives, and activities within the tunnels. This ensured that folks were taking time to learn the material that was presented and learning experientially through reading, interaction, art, and talking to others.

Something that we could change would be to further increase the amount of outreach we have with campus partners. We had three different booths that were planned and/or run by campus partners. However, in the next years, this number could be increased. Throughout the event, we saw people were excited to enter the tunnel, because they were intrigued about what it was and how the program worked. We blocked off the "walls" of the tunnel so that students saw an obvious flow of information.

Kicking off the event, we had the entertainment begin from the on campus organization Ballet Folklorico. Having performances start at the beginning of the program allowed for the program to gather interest very early on in the program. Then people wanted to stay for the food and activities.

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How could this program be adapted to other campuses?

We used a new space that was more central to the UCSD campus so that we could get more traffic than our usual programming places. While we did this program outside with EZups fashioned as tunnels, this could be easily adapted to other campuses. They could follow suit with the outdoor EZup system, but this program could be fully indoors if necessary using different rooms, different foods, and still have a walking/journey aspect to the program to facilitate the "movement" part of the experience.

Other campuses, depending on their location and their Latinx populations in the university and/or city, might be able to highlight facts or statistics that are more relevant to them. If there is a relevant event going on in the media, or recently in the media, that might allow for a theme to come through. With UC San Diego being so close to the Mexican border, we hear a lot about current border issues and conflicts so this was easily incorporated into the event. We wanted to honor as many Latinx heritages as possible, trying to differentiate between Latinx and Mexican, seeing that many people at UCSD equate Latinx to Mexican.

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Date of entry into database: 2019-06-03 05:12:06

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