La Alianza celebrates Carnival in upcoming event

Katy Witkowski, Arts & Entertainment Editor

La Alianza is exactly like what it sounds like: an alliance of students of Hispanic descent who have joined together to celebrate their respective cultures. However, La Alianza is open for all who identify or have an interest in celebrating Spanish language, cultures or histories.

And that’s exactly what they’ll be doing this weekend. On Saturday, March 29, La Alianza will host a Carnival celebration in the Brazilian spirit in Thwing Atrium, hosting a samba band and featuring food from all over Latin America. The event begins at 4:30 p.m. and ends around 6:30 p.m.

Along with this event, the group is also hosting a panel discussion on Monday, March 31 at 6 p.m. in Hovorka Atrium to discuss Immigrants’ Rights and the fears that illegal immigrants face when working for a better life.

Daniel Villamil, president of the student group, says that although there is no set meeting time for the group, all are invited to participate in their public events coming up this week, and can talk with him about becoming involved. They also host cooking lessons and movie nights, which are open to all students.

Not only does La Alianza celebrate Hispanic culture on campus, but the group also strives to make a positive impact on the Hispanic community in Cleveland. They need support not only from the students, but also from faculty and staff.

The newly formed faculty and staff group, the Latino Alliance, provides support to faculty and staff who identify as Hispanic, and gives any kind of help that the student group asks to receive.

“My undergraduate career was transformative, and a Latino group mentored me through it,” says Suzanne Rivera, associate vice president for research. “I’m glad that I can play that role for these students now.”