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Spanish and Latino Students' Association

Afterward

Since 1994, SALSA has seen both its ups and its downs, but has managed to adjust to the changing times in order to remain a promising and strong organization. Today, S.A.L.S.A. continues to bring diversity and Latin culture to the UR Campus. Tropicana is now one of the biggest events on our campus, and was recently extended from one week to two weeks in 2001. The celebration continues to coincide with Minority Visitation Weekend - now called Multicultural Visitation Weekend - in April, and provides all those in attendance with an international band to dance the night away - ranging from Mala Fe, and Oro Solido to Tulile. S.A.L.S.A. now stands for the Spanish & Latino Students' Association - then the Spanish & Latin Students' Association. The organization joined the Black Students' Union (BSU) and the Minority Students' Advisory Board (MSAB) in Spring 1999, in a peaceful demonstration - a sit-in - at the Admissions Building in an effort to help diversify the campus. This was only one of many of the needs that had to be met by the University. Internally, S.A.L.S.A. created the position of Political Administrator to remain politically involved on campus, working closely with MSAB, the College Diversity Roundtable, and the Office of Minority Student Affairs (OMSA). Our organization has also seen the importance of working with other student groups on campus to build a stronger community at the U of R. In addition, S.A.L.S.A. has been working with the Puerto Rican Youth Development and Resources Inc. (PRYD) to bring the UR community into the Rochester community. S.A.L.S.A. members now have the opportunity to volunteer their time tutoring middle school and high school students in the Rochester City School District - a program we call Proyecto Se Puede. This service has also inspired our organization to develop S.A.L.S.A. Outreach. For the 2002-2003 year, S.A.L.S.A. has inaugurated S.A.L.S.A. Outreach which includes a number of programs;

Interferencia Espanola
Estudio SALSA: "La Lectura es Fundamental"
March of Dimes (Community Service)
The Red Cross (Community Service)

For the first time, our organization will have a junior executive board to provide freshman an opportunity to build leadership, social, and planning skills and time management. These persons will work closely with the executive board, and develop their own program at the end of the year. The Spanish & Latino Students' Association has grown to become many things at the U of R. But as you know, some things never change - and we still love to party and eat good Spanish food. Much love to all those who made this organization great! And good luck to the future leaders who will continue our legacy.

To the persons who, along with myself, are now holding the reigns for this organization;

President: Jessy Sepulveda
Secretary: Ileah Welch
Business Manager: Jhovanny Germosen
Publicity Manager: Luis Gomez
Social Manager: Carlos Rodriguez
Cultural Manager: Teresa Cruz
Political Administrator: Joyce Akwaa

The Spanish and Latino Students' Association is in excellent hands!

Rory C. McCaw
Vice President
2002-2003

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