By Nikki Castro
There are many organizations here on campus, one of those you may not know much about is The Hispanic Organization. Jocelyn Medina, the President of the organization here at Grand Rapids Community College, explains to us what they do as a club on campus and why you might be interested to join.
Being the only Hispanic based club on campus, they find it very important to make the Hispanic community feel welcomed and feel apart of something on campus. Their main goal is to bring everyone together, Hispanic or non-Hispanic, into the club.
Medina stated that their mission statement is to “Develop leaders within the GRCC community for the well-being of the city surrounding us; Enjoying our time together, to develop a well established Hispanic community on campus to make all students feel included.”
Anyone who’s interested can join this club. You don’t have to be Hispanic or Latino to join the club or to attend an event. President Medina believes that bringing awareness to everyone about the Hispanic community is important. That’s why at the club, she states, “… trying to educate at our regular meetings and talk about stereotypes and walls we must break within our own selves and the environment around us.”
Medina has been apart of this organization for 3 years now, and has been the president for the past year. She explained why she took on this high position, “It was something that I (saw) myself doing before being president, I was just a regular member, it seemed like an interesting thing to take on.” She then goes into detail on how she feels about being the president, “ It’s a big responsibility to take on but I really enjoy it because I get to see people grow as leaders…”
Looking into upcoming events, The Hispanic Organization will be having an event to honor Hispanic Heritage Month. “Loteria Extravaganza” will be held on October 15th from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in The Raider Grille, where they will be playing loteria, and teaching people how to play. Feel free to stop by for free food, prizes, and more information about their club.
If you are interested in joining, they meet every Friday from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. in room 103 inside Sneden Hall. For any more information, you can look up The Hispanic Organization on Raiderconnect.