Meredith College is a diverse community with many ways to learn about different cultures. Angeles Latines is a club that formed to focus on addressing the concerns of self-identified Latines and educating the campus about the Hispanic and Latine culture. The Meredith Herald reached out to co-presidents Lizbeth Burgos De Pena and Giselle Mejia-Santos to discuss more about Angeles Latines.
Angeles Latines was re-established as a student organization in the spring of 2022 and changed their name from “Angeles Latinas” to Angeles Latines on Oct. 3. When asked about the name change, their co-presidents commented that they “have decided to change the name … in order to include all different identities.” Like many other clubs, Angeles Latines is growing to reflect the diversity in and inclusiveness of their Meredith community.
When asked about what they are hoping to accomplish at Meredith College this year, Burgos De Pena and Mejia-Santos stated that their “main goal was to plan and execute [their] first Hispanic/Latin[e] event to commemorate Hispanic Heritage Month.” The event, called La Parranda, will take place on Saturday, Oct. 15 from 12-3 p.m. in the Gazebo Area near the Chapel. Food vouchers will be distributed on a first come, first served basis. They plan to include performers, vendors and booths that are from different countries in this cultural festival.
As a club, Angeles Latines not only hosts discussions, cultural events, lectures and recreational activities for the entire Meredith community, but during meetings they also have game nights, fun activities and cultural appreciation events. Since this semester has started, they have already had a game night, picnic and a movie night in which they viewed La Misma Luna (titled Under The Same Moon in English). In future meetings, they also hope to talk about specific independence days through member-created presentations.
Angeles Latines meets at 6:30 p.m. every Monday in Harris 214 and is always looking for more members including students who identify as Latine/Hispanic along with students who are interested in learning about and supporting the Latine culture and community.
To learn more about this club, make sure to follow @angeleslatinasmc on Instagram or email co-presidents Lizbeth Burgos De Pena at email@example.com and Giselle Meija-Santos at firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Riley Heeb, Contributing Writer