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May 31, 2010

  While we were at the Institute for Latino Studies in Notre Dame, the Latino SST students received a tour of the institute and the different pieces of art and exhibitions.  The students learned that many of the art contained social justice issues such as immigration and gender issues. One of the galleries exhibitions “Soldaderas y Adelitas y Otras Mujeres Revolucionarias,” or “Women Revolutionists and other Revolutionary Women” featured work from Esperanza Gama, an international renown artist from Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico.  This special exhibition honored women from the Mexican Revolution and other women who have anonymously struggled to realize their Dreams.

May 31, 2010

For lunch we stopped at Taqueria San Jose.  The owner of San Jose also owns two grocery stores, a bakery, and three taquerias in Goshen.

May 31, 2010

While we were in Warsaw for the Mexican Consulate event, we also visited the corporate offices of Lake City Bank (LCB). Ralph Villalon the Director of an outreach program, called “Prospero” which means “Prosperity”, talked to the Latino SST group about the changes LCB has made as a result of the Latino demographic shift in northern Indiana to better serve the Latino population. LBC has hired more bilingual employees, they now accept the Mexican matricula (or consular card) to open bank accounts, they present different seminars in public places where Latinos congregate (e.g. Latino churches) on different topics, including: how the banking system works in the…

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May 31, 2010

Warsaw-Fiesta Plus

While we were in Warsaw we stopped at Fiesta Plus, a local store owned by Rosalinda.  From Fiesta Plus individuals can buy clothes imported from Mexico and other Latin American countries and send remittances (money transfers) to their families back their home countries in Latin America. Fiesta Plus specializes in selling clothes (outfits, dresses, etc.) and others items that are used for special cultural events such as Baptisms, First Communions, Weddings, and Quinceaneras.  Rosalinda shared her story with the students about how she opened her store and what items are the most popular among her customers.

May 31, 2010

Each year the Mexican Consulate in Chicago sends a “mobile” consulate to various communities in the Midwest to issue Mexican Matriculas (or consular ID cards) and Passports. The purpose of visiting various communities is to increase the accessibility to consular services; otherwise, families would have to drive to Chicago to obtain those documents.  The Matriculas and Passports provide Mexican nationals an official form of identification for public safety purposes and open bank accounts. These events are usually organized in collaboration with community nonprofits and/or churches. The event that we attended was organized by Sus Amigos (a program that serves Latinos) and Our…

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May 18, 2010

On Saturday the students attended a First Communion service at Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe Church, a Catholic Latino church in Warsaw. They attended a First Communion party at Ana Lopez’s parents’ home right after the service where they had the opportunity to spend time with my family.

May 18, 2010

Guest Speakers…

Last week we had a variety of guest speakers who came to talk the Latino SST group.  Gilberto Perez, Director of the Bienvenido Program, talked to the students about migration, acculturation, and mental health.  Bienvenido was created by the Northeastern Center, a community mental health center in Northern Indiana, as a response to the growing number of immigrants. The Bienvenido Program addresses the migration and transition experiences of recently arrived migrant families and helps integrate them into their new communities.  Gilberto also brought three Bienvenido participants to share their personal stories about their migration journey and adaptation here in the U.S.   Rodolfo “Rudy” Monterrosa, son…

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May 17, 2010

Personal Reflection – Ivette May 12, 2010              Since Latino SST started, I have gained a broader understanding of my own culture and the reasons for many of the behaviors I have seen.  I have become more aware of the issues that we face and have faced within our community.  In Spanish class, for example, I have gained a broader knowledge on the history of some Latin American countries, which explains the reasons for people immigrating to the United States.  All of these historical facts, I was unaware of and I have realized that although I am well aware of many injustices, there…

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May 10, 2010

Baile Folklorico

Lupita Zepeda, the director of a local Mexican folkloric dance group, gave a lecture on Mexican Culture through its “Music, Dances, and Costumes.”  After the lecture, members of the folkloric dance group gave a demonstration on folkloric dances from Jalisco and Aguascalientes.  The fun did not stop there…Latino SSTers were then invited to try some of the steps/moves.

May 10, 2010

Meeting Families

Last week students met their host families for the first time.  We had a student-family get-together at Iglesia ADULAM here in Goshen.  One of our host parents (Jose Luis & Becky) who are pastors of the church hosted the event.  We had a home-made Mexican dinner (flautas, arroz, pico de gallo, & guacamole) cooked by one of our own host moms.  We played a very popular Mexican game called Loteria or Mexican Bingo.  We have two families who are originally from Mexico, one from Dominican Republic, and one who the wife is from Puerto Rico and the husband from Peru. While students will continue to live at home, they will connect with their families on weekly basis. …

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