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Maria Contreras-Sweet Confirmed As SBA Administrator


Maria Contreras-Sweet was confirmed by the Senate on Thursday to head the Small Business Administration. Contreras-Sweet, whose family immigrated from Mexico when she was a child, becomes the second Hispanic Cabinet member in President Barack Obama’s second-term Administration.

Contreras-Sweet founded and has served as chairwoman of Pro-América Bank, a community bank that primarily serves small- to medium-size Latino businesses in Los Angeles. In 1999, she became California’s first Latina Cabinet secretary, heading the Department of Business, Transportation and Housing under former Gray Davis.

Read more here:



The Latin American Political Society Proudly Presents: 

Brazil: Crime, Violence & the Challenges Ahead


Why does Brazil have exceptionally high crime rates? 
Why have both the police and the military proved unable to reduce said crime rates? 
What explains the emergence and persistence of favelas, and how are they tied to the future of Brazilian crime? 

If these questions interest you, come to ​Rocky 209 next (NOT this) Thursday, April 3rd at 7:00pm

The Presentation and Discussion will be accompanied with Free Dinner.

​In addition, we will have a sign-up sheet at the beginning of the presentation for people who want to get more involved and become part of the LAPS leadership board.

We hope to see you there! 


Cool P.E. Course!

CAPOEIRA Working with the rhythmic and movement traditions of the art form, students will learn the basic elements of capoeira: “ginga” and its variations, attacks and defenses, as well as the aesthetic movements through which the fight was disguised as dance. Students will also get introduced to other Afro-Brazilian dances, such as Samba, Forro, and Maculele.
    Fridays 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm                   Alumni Gym Manley 87/88             Fabio (Fuá) Nascimento
    Cost:   Students – $103 \ Dartmouth College & DHMC Employees – $166 \ Public – $211


This Week in the Latin@ Community

The Latina/o Century: Path Breakers and New Directions in Latina/o Studies
An Interdisciplinary Conference at Dartmouth College
February 13 & 14, 2014
Thursday, February 13, 2014
5:00-6:00PM: Wine and Cheese Reception (Russo Gallery)
6:00-7:30PM: Welcome Remarks and Keynote Address (Haldeman 041)
Sponsored by: Leslie Center for the Humanities
Intended Audience(s): Public

Friday, February 14, 2014
9:00AM-10:30AM: Panel 1: The State of the Field in the Neoliberal Academy
10:30AM-12:00PM: Panel 2: Latina/o Sexualities at the Intersection of Scholarship and Activism
12:00PM-1:00PM: Lunch Break (Haldeman 125)
1:00PM-2:00PM: Plenary Lecture: Latina/o Politics in the 21st Century
2:00PM-3:30PM: Panel 3: The Evolving Patterns of Transnationalism, Diaspora, and Migration
3:30PM-4:00PM: Break
4:00PM-5:30PM: Panel 4: Latina/o Spiritual and Secular Imaginaries
3:30-5:30PM: Student Workshop with Bianca Laureano.
“Unblurring the Lines,” a student workshop that explores pleasure, sexuality, consent, power, and agency with a focus on students of color. Haldeman 125. 
La Alianza Latina
Friday, February 14th from 3 pm – 5 pm in the LALACS Living Room
Join us for Food & Discussion
We will be having Ramunto’s Pizza and we will be talking about “Growth” at Dartmouth. How do we measure growth? Are we aware of our own growth? 
Wednesday, February 12th Latino Advisory Council:
Emergency Latino Advisory Council Meeting 5 pm in the LALACS Basement
La Alianza Latina calls for an emergency Latino Advisory Council Meeting in order to discuss the budget proposal & program for the institutionalization and private funding of La Alianza Latina. At this meeting, we hope to garner faculty, staff, and community support.
La Unidad Latina, Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity, Inc.
Saturday, February 15th
Informational: Interested in learning more about Lambda Upsilon Lambda, the only historically Latino national Fraternity at Dartmouth? Then join the Imprecindibles Hermanos of Psi Chapter for an informal presentation about the organizations core values, purpose and history at Dartmouth and in the nation.
Time: 5pm
Location: TBA
Email: with any questions.
Dartmouth Co-FIRED
Wednesday, February 12th at 7:30pm
General Executive Board Meeting at Silsby 119
Join us as we discuss our Drop the “I” Word Campaign and future events to further progress the fight for immigration reform! We will also have a special guest. 

February Latino Students Conference and Student Workshop


As A Latina, ‘You Have To Work Harder’

Sotomayor Latina Magazine

“When I was nominated by the president for this position, it became very clear to me that many people in the public were interested in my life and the challenges I had faced,” she tells Fresh Air‘s Terry Gross. “… And I also realized that much of the public perception of who I was and what had happened to me was not quite complete.”

In her memoir, My Beloved World, Sotomayor recounts growing up poor in the South Bronx; living with juvenile diabetes, a chronic disease; being raised by a single mother after her father, who was an alcoholic, died; and struggling to get a good education in spite of the odds. It became a best-seller when it was published last year and has just come out in paperback.

Read the full interview conducted by NPR Books & an excerpt from her memoir here:

Hecho en America

“Hecho en America” celebrates Latinos achieving the American Dream. Features Jessica Alba, Senator Marco Rubio, George Lopez, Girl Scouts CEO Anna Maria Chavez, Christina Aguilera and more.

The news special, from mun2 News, that is subtitled in Spanish continues the networks showcase of the personal success stories of Latinos who are changing politics, culture and business in the U.S

Watch the full video here:

Read more about “Hecho en America” and mun2 here.

Potluck Community Dinner


Increasing Representation

What Is Take Dartmouth Home?

Take Dartmouth Home is a program that allows you to visit the high school you attended (or other high schools in your area) to share your Dartmouth experience with prospective applicants in your community. You are an official representative of Dartmouth College, and the Admissions office can help provide you with tools to speak at your at your high school.

When it comes to the recruitment and retention of Latino students, we need to start early and be as involved as possible.
We need to work to convince such students that acceptance to colleges such as Dartmouth is a real possibility — and it begins with simple things such as going in to talk to students in your local community!

Anything that you can do to help put information in the hands of students becomes really important.

Without a doubt, Latino education is on the rise. Let’s make sure Dartmouth has a part in this.

Dartmouth Latino Heritage Month 2013

What an amazing Dartmouth Latin@ Heritage Month 2013!

While we’ve had Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations in the past, this month marks our inaugural year of hosting our unique Dartmouth Latin@ Heritage Month. This was an entire, full month of activities from Oct. 3rd to Nov. 2nd.

Thank you to all the individual students, faculty, staff, student groups, departments, programs, and offices, for your support, sponsorship, collaboration and event coordination!

This was such an incredible effort by the entire community of which we can all be proud!

As a reminder of all of the great work that went into this month here is a calendar of most of the events connected to the month (please write to me if we’re missing any!):

Oct. 3rd – Obama’s Second Inaugural poet Richard Blanco:
Writing workshop at LALACS
Public Reading and Q&A

Oct. 5th – “The Dream Is Now” Documentary Screening

Oct. 15-16th – Poet Wendy Guerra
Bilingual Poetry Reading
Public Reading and Lecture

Oct. 15th – OPAL’s Week in Community –
Playing with Bias (The Psychology Behind Stereotypes)

Oct.16th – What Are You (Latino Identity Discussion)

Oct. 18th – Pulitzer Prize Winner: Junot Diaz
“This is How You Lose Her”
Reading, Lecture, and Q&A

Oct. 19th – Lambda Upsilon Lambda, Fraternity Inc. –
Noche Dorada: “Immigration Reform”

Oct. 21st – Cathleen Caron ’92-
“Cross-Border Justice & the Migrant Worker”

Oct. 22nd – LAPS & Prof. Doug Irwin
“A Tale of Two Countries and Two Policies”
Chile and Venezuela, Neoliberalism and Economic Populism

Oct. 24th – Cuban filmmaker Marilyn Solaya –
“In the Wrong Body”
Documentary Screening

Oct. 31st – Prof. Louise Walker –
“Mexico’s Middle Classes after 1968:
History of Economic and Political Crisis”

Nov. 1st – Dia De Los Muertos Altar Ceremony

Nov 2nd – Latin@ Heritage Month Closing Ceremony

Special thank you to the various sponsors and organizers for these events, including:
The Latino American, Latino, and Caribbean Studies Program, the Spanish and Portuguese Department, the History Department, the Women and Gender Studies Department, the Center for Professional Development, the Leslie Center for the Humanities, The Rockefeller Center, SPEC, Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity, Sigma Lambda Upsilon, La Alianza Latina @Dartmouth, Latin American Political Society, Voces Unidas, Teach for America, the Office of Pluralism and Leadership, the LGBTQ Advising Office, the Office of Latina/o Student Advising, the Latina/o Community Interns, and the Latin@ Advisory Council