USD’s Latino-Hispanic Student Organization (LaHSO) adopted new leadership and programing plans during Hispanic Heritage Month. Jacqueline Munoz, a freshman dental hygiene major, is the new president of LaHSO.
“I want Hispanic and Latino students to be comfortable and feel like a community, and not just Hispanic and Latino students, anyone is welcome,” Munoz said. “I would love for people to have a feel of Hispanic and Latino culture.”
LaHSO currently has 15 organization members, a number Munoz hopes to grow throughout the year. She also hopes to collaborate with other student organizations on campus to host more events, and increase campus knowledge on cultural traditions all across Latin America.
According to the LaHSO’s mission statement, “In a time when there is racial tension in the United States, our main goal is to promote awareness of the different cultures and races that make up the Latino Student Body.”
Because the organization was going through a leadership shift and revival at the beginning of the year, LaHSO had no programming events in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, which spans from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15.
Currently LaHSO does not have a set meeting time. Students can turn to USD Involved for all of LaHSO’s organization updates.
Their next upcoming event is in recognition of El Dia de Los Muertos, also known as Day of the Dead. LaHSO will be putting on this event in collaboration with the USD Cultural Wellness Coalition (CWC) and the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA). Before the main event on Nov. 2 in the MUC pit, LaHSO will create an altar in the student-center space in MUC 219, outside the OMA.