My Gente Unida Familia.
Fall semester 2012, members from different Latino organizations at San Jose State University realized that there was a lack of unity between our organizations. A few weeks later, I was invited to a brainstorming meeting where we discussed how to fix this issue. We talked about how Greek Organization only hung out with Greek organizations and non-greeks only hung out with non-greeks.
And THAT is how Gente Unida was born. Now, this group was not very successful our first semester. There were only 13 members, and we only had 4 people show up to our very first social gathering. We didn’t give up though. And little by little, the organization continued to grow.
This organization is for ALL Latino organizations to get to know each other. We have all types of clubs that range form Greeks, Academic, and other Latino based orgs. We don’t want division between our Latino population on our campus anymore.
This group continued to grow and together, we had our first annual Molcajete Fest. this event was so big on our campus that people thought we were celebrating a holiday. It went great! We brought a piece of our cultura to campus and bonded.
This semester, we had a social where we welcomed all members of each organization in Gente Unida. Over 75 people attended this social. I mean, how crazy is that? a social with 75 PEOPLE! phew! thats just insane and to this day, I still can’t believe that happened. What an improvement from our first social. lol
I was privileged enough to be co-chair of this wonderful organization for a year. Last night was my last meeting. It was a bittersweet moment for me. Although I’m sad to be leaving, the bonds I made through this organization are unforgettable. I learned so much about what these amazing students do ON TOP of their studies. I got a new familia that I love so much.
But most of all, it makes me SO HAPPY to see the friendships between other members of these organizations. Seeing them support each other’s events, fundraisers, and just hanging out for fun.
It was always such a pleasure to attend these meetings, there was never a dull moment.
To my founders, we DID IT! Thank you for pushing through the obstacles. Especially my co-chair, he did most of the work (waaaaay more work than me). Thank you for all for the memories. I’m so proud to be a part of creating such an important organization.
& I’ll be back, once in a while.
I know my members probably won’t get to see this. but It’s just something I’ve been thinking about for the past few days. Los quiero mi gente!