On October 20, Alumni gave over $8,000 in less than an hour to fund an important educational experience for students.
During the Homecoming alumni luncheon, Freddy Gutierrez, coordinator of the Center for Civic Engagement and Social Justice, made a compelling presentation to reinstitute international immersion and travel abroad opportunities for HNU students. He asked alumni to help fund a student trip to Mexico City.
Gutierrez explained that a trip to Mexico City will be valued by HNU’s students (almost 50% Latinx) that are seeking to build an appreciation for their mother culture and experience it in positive ways. HNU student Alejandra Andrade, whose family immigrated from Mexico, spoke about how this trip will offer her an opportunity to visit her ancestral homeland, an opportunity she otherwise couldn't afford.
Professor Juana Alicia, a local artist, educator, and activist will guide and orient the students throughout their stay. Students will have an opportunity to thoroughly immerse themselves in the rich history and culture of Mexico. After returning home, students will produce a creative project on a specific artist or mural to commemorate their trip.
Thanks to the generous donations from alumni, 10 HNU students be able to take part in this valuable experience.