Students and faculty discuss Latinos in higher education

first_imgSaint Mary’s “Week of Poder,” hosted by La Fuerza and the Student Diversity Board, kicked off this Monday with a discussion about different experiences speakers had while pursuing higher education as a Latino or mentoring Latinos in higher education.Leonard Sanchez, professional specialist in social work; Marc Belanger, chair and associate professor of political science; and Ty West, associate professor of modern languages, spoke at the event. Other speakers included Saint Mary’s international student and scholar advisor Adriana Petty, Saint Mary’s 2015 alumna Christin Kloski and the associate director of the TRiO Upward Bound program through Notre Dame, Rafael Marin.During the talk, several speakers brought up issues they experienced while pursuing higher education.Sanchez said in college he had to talk with the head advisor in order to be put in the classes he needed to graduate and had a conversation with the president of his alma mater about diversity on campus.“You have to believe that we’re going to graduate and that it’s an attainable event,” Sanchez said in regards to the conversation he had with the president of his alma mater. “You shouldn’t look at us and say, ‘You are so lucky or blessed to be here.’ I know that I am blessed, but you have to give us the same chance to succeed.”Marin said he was born in Texas and then moved back to Mexico with his mother when he was young. He moved to America for high school and had to learn the language quickly.“I had to work two or three times as hard as any other students in college,” he said. “Other students who did not have the language barrier have other challenges. We all face challenges that are different from one student to the next, minority or not.”Marin said he was often teased for his accent in high school and college.“Stereotypes create false images of not just Latinos, but many different ethnic groups,” Marin said. “It is your job to change the stereotypes.”It is important to focus on higher education., Kloski said.“One of the stereotypes is that [Latinas] are under-educated,” she said. “Well, look, we’re all here and proving them wrong. Focus on your education and be proud when you succeed.”Sanchez explained how he grew up in Portland and was the first generation in his family to attain a college degree. He said his decision to attend college was inspired by the Holy Cross Order.“The Holy Cross Order had a program where graduates from college would volunteer for a year in my community,” he said. “These young people were the first to mentor me and took me under their wing from when I was in third grade to college. Without them, I wouldn’t have known all it took to apply to colleges.”Petty said she went to high school in South Bend and was the first generation to attend college. Mentors were essential during her time on campus, she said.“I got involved in La Fuerza and the older girls really mentored me,” she said.“They helped me navigate around campus life and issues in the classroom.”Belanger discussed how important it is for Saint Mary’s students to build relationships with faculty.“Professors will write you a letter for grad school and and they won’t just say you did a good job in class — they will write about whole person,” he said. “Professors here do care about you. Be confident that if you’re here, you belong here.”West explained how he uses his time spent in Mexico as a tool to connect with Saint Mary’s students.“I try to bring the real world into the classroom and use concrete examples from the Latin American civilization to foster respect, knowledge and break down stereotypes and barriers we all confront,” West said.Sanchez said working at Saint Mary’s has been beneficial towards his goal of giving back to the community and giving others the opportunity to succeed at higher education.“When I came to Saint Mary’s, it was another opportunity to give back,” he said. “I am in a better place for what I want to accomplish.”Kloski said she was proud of the leader she was able to become while at Saint Mary’s.“Be strong and bold,” she said. “Set goals for yourself and become successful.”Tags: Diversity, latinos, panel, saint mary’s, Week of Poderlast_img read more

Olivier Giroud ‘nearly signed for Tottenham’ amid nightmare Chelsea spell

first_img Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 15 Sep 2020 7:59 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3kShares Olivier Giroud has had an up-and-down time at Chelsea (Picture: Getty Images)Current Chelsea, and former Arsenal, striker was so keen on leaving Stamford Bridge earlier this year that he came close to joining long-time rivals Tottenham, the Frenchman has revealed.The 33-year-old has had a mixed time of it since joining the Blues from the Gunners in 2018, regularly being in-and-out of the team and the first half of last season saw the forward right out of contention.With Tammy Abraham starting regularly, Giroud was hardly getting a look-in and he was desperate to leave in January as he looked for first team football.The World Cup winner was not short of options and even considered a switch to Spurs, despite the heated rivalry between Chelsea and Arsenal and the white half of north London.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘During the last three days of the transfer window, I was in the coach’s office to find a solution. I was hoping Chelsea would find a replacement for me,’ he told So Foot, via Goal.‘For my part, it was not the solutions that were lacking: I almost signed for Lazio, Inter. I was even so determined to leave that I even almost signed for Tottenham!’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityGiroud could have been plying his trade elsewhere in the UK earlier in his career as well, revealing interest in him back in 2010 when he started catching the eye at Tours, but he chose a move to Montpellier instead.‘I had proposals from Middlesbrough and Celtic [in 2010],’ he said. ‘But my agents advised me to leave an imprint in France first.’Giroud finds himself out of the team under Blues boss Frank Lampard again this season since the arrival of Timo Werner, who looks set to be first choice up front.The imposing forward has been linked with an exit again, with Serie A champion Juventus touted, but he has dismissed that speculation. Olivier Giroud ‘nearly signed for Tottenham’ amid nightmare Chelsea spell Giroud has scored some vital games in his Chelsea career (Picture: Getty Images)‘Italians, they get carried away quickly,’ Giroud told Telefoot when asked about the speculation. ‘I was surprised to receive messages from friends this morning telling me about this rumour. ‘That’s far from being the case. I am a Chelsea player and I feel good here.‘I didn’t have the great end of the season that I did to leave like this, and not believe in my chances. I will fight for my place.‘But it’s always good to get the attention of these kinds of clubs, it’s flattering. But I remain focused on Chelsea. ‘We will see what will happen in the coming weeks. But there is nothing signed or done. I prefer to deny it.’MORE: Chelsea legend Branislav Ivanovic fires warning to doubters after signing for West BromMORE: Arsenal chief Mikel Arteta plots two transfers after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang signs new dealFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement Comment Advertisementlast_img read more