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Latinx Student Alliance Focuses on Service, Academics, and Culture

Posted: October 31, 2019 | Author: Savannah Byers | Read Time: 2 minutes

Latinx DanzaSouthern Utah University’s Latinx Student Alliance (LSA) strives to be a positive influence on campus, and a strong collegiate community. LSA achieves this by focusing on engaging in service, academics, and social events - its three pillars.

“LSA’s mission is to create a community among Latinx and non-Latinx students at SUU by teaching and embracing all Latin culture,” said LSA Club President Stacy Soto. “Our club assists members in becoming leaders and scholars of SUU through service projects, academic improvement, and social events.” 

Service

Like the other Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) clubs, LSA works to serve the SUU and Cedar City communities. In addition to participating in several CDI campaigns, they have also gotten involved by making blankets for the local women’s crisis center and writing letters to detainees in immigration centers.

Academics

LSA aims to highlight the importance of academics among their club members. The club frequently provides educational presentations, games, and insights in relation to the Latinx community. During the most recent Black History Month, the club presented on AfroLatinos, an often ignored and underrepresented group within the Latinx Community. 

Social

LSA hosts several events throughout the school year to bring students together and share Latinx culture. Popular LSA events include Havana Nights, A Taste of the Hispanic World, Dia de los Muertos, and Danza. Everyone is invited to attend these annual events!

“We strive to create not just a group of friends, but a group of people that feel like family,” Soto said. “Most of us are far away from home which is very hard to live with. We believe that as a club, if we provide guidance through the three pillars, our members will stay in higher education and be happy doing so.”

LSA is open to all of campus and weekly club meetings are held Wednesdays at 5:00 p.m. in the Center for Diversity and Inclusion

All eight of the SUU diversity clubs at the CDI promote service, culture, and higher education within an exciting, accepting space. The CDI exists to validate the multiple identities present on campus, and provide emotional, social, and financial support to students from historically underrepresented communities.

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