Scene at Yale: Despierta Boricua 40th Anniversary Gala
This past weekend, Despierta Boricua - Yale’s Puerto Rican Student Organization - commemorated DB’s 40th Anniversary with a Gala that celebrated the impact DB has had on the Yale campus, as well as the growth of the Latino community at Yale.
Pictured above is a majority of the attendees of the dinner, including the keynote speaker, Federal District Court Judge Edgardo Ramos ‘82.
Many thanks to DB President William Genova ‘15 for sharing the photo with us! Photo by Román Castellanos ‘15.
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I love Yale, I love the Latino community here, and I especially love Despierta Boricua along with our amazing alumni!
Easier as a Latino? Actually… (by SchlepLabs)
Rosie Perez dropping truth bombs.
I love you ROSIE…….. sooooooooooooooooooo much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
perfect perfect perfect
Latin@ Class of 2015 Quinceañera style picture with Dean G! (Taken with Instagram)
A new class offered at Yale this coming semester.
“The historical presence of Latinas and Latinos in New York City from the late nineteenth century to the present. Differences and similarities among Puerto Rican, Mexican, Cuban, and Dominican communities in the context of New York City history. Complex cultural dynamics as illustrated in novels, poetry, music, and film.”
I know I don’t speak Spanish fluently. I’m learning. I know I don’t know a lot about Puerto Rican history. I’m reading about it. Just because you took one damn intro to Latin American Studies class doesn’t make your opinion better than mine or you a fucking genius in the freaking field. So don’t fucking try to bash Puerto Rico in front of me. “Puerto Rico could’ve done so much with how much the United States has given them.” Seriously? Shut the fuck up, and don’t stop me when I’m trying to inform you on how ridiculous that statement was. “If my country was in Puerto Rico’s situation, we would’ve taken advantage of it.” You’re a fellow Latino; why do you always feel the need to bash other Latin American countries? It’s kinda pathetic. You think you sound all educated because you’re spitting the exact words from your professor’s mouth, but no. You’re ignorant.
the familiar conundrum: what the fuck am I?
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After going back to the high school every. single. time. I was back him in town throughout the school year and pestering the administration to let me organize an assembly, it finally paid off today. Today, with the help of other recent graduates, I talked to the entire junior class about the importance of minorities in education. Through our experiences and obstacles we overcame and dealt with in high school and college, we all were able to show the students that nothing should stop them from continuing their education. You need to be selfish with your education, and you’ll help your family so much more. There are no excuses for not being able to succeed. You control your life. Not your family, your friends, or the environment you grew up it. You. I’m so happy to be able to have talked to these students, and for them to be able to hear the stories of students who are in their similar situations. I really hope we were able to motivate at least one student each period and really encourage them to go on to college.
Everyday heroes, mexican immigrants in New York doing everyday activities. Dulce Pinzon intends to show them as Superheroes.
“Someone is using you”
Usa is a conjugation of usar which is ‘to use’. Add some periods and it becomes the U.S.A. making for an apt pun.
For a while now, I’ve been wanting to go back to my high school and talk about the importance of going to college and leaving our town. Not to just the fifty honor society members along with the twenty other alumni coming back fighting to speak, but to all the 3600 sophomores through seniors that make up Brentwood High School. Whenever I’ve been back home, I went back up to my high school and said how much I wanted to do this, and how I thought this would be a possible way to maybe encourage a handful of students to want to go to college. They all brushed me off with “yeah that’s great, I’ll get back to you.” But I kept on coming back every break, and emailing them. And with the amazing help of my guidance counselor, my high school finally agreed to having the assembly I will organize.
I would show more excitement, but I’m dying from a cold and it hurts to make sudden movements.
I can’t even fully put it into words, but meeting and talking to so many beyond incredible Latinos who are doing such ridiculously fantastic things makes me so proud and it inspires me so much. With just the Puerto Rican alumni alone practically all of them went to law school, are currently fighting for social justice, are attorneys, judges, organizers for non-profits, you name it they did it. Even with such amazing accomplishments, they were all down to earth. The entire time I talked to any of them, I felt like I was talking to one of my titis or uncles. They kept on saying we are all family, and it really did feel like it.
I died and went to a place full of amazing food. Latin American restaurants will always let you eat like a king. Just one of the many reasons why I love my town.