The Latino Student Forum hosted its Bienvenida to celebrate the end of the year and introduce the club’s new executive board on May 13 at Faschanct Court.
Outgoing LSF President Yulissa Chavez, junior communications major, addressed the more than 50 guests who attended the end-of year celebration
“It is really rewarding to see people come out to our events and enjoy a space that celebrates their cultures or allows them to learn about our culture,” Chavez said. “LSF has connected me with so many amazing people and created some of the best memories within college and I hope that others also.”
The new executive board for the 2022 to 2023 school year will include President Jose Miguel, sophomore social science major; Vice President Alyssa Galaviz, sophomore kinesiology major; Events Coordinator Arely Jimenez, sophomore studio arts major; Secretary Keiry Villatoro, sophomore sociology major; and Marketing Director Sergio Morones, freshman computer science major .
There was plenty of food including burritos, desserts and more.
There were also activities, including a caricature artist and games. And Spanish language music played.
Chavez, outgoing LSF president and junior communications major, hosted many of the games, starting off with a virtual Loteria.
The winner of the Loteria round won an Angels fan basket, including an Angels shirt, VISA gift card, snacks and water bottles.
There was also a scavenger hunt and musical chairs.
One of the game prizes was a finals week self-care basket. Another prize basket was themed for summer and included an Igloo cooler, airpods, and more for a beach day.
Chavez was emotional when she spoke to the group about the challenging past two years.
“The transition from online to in-person was a challenge we went through as an organization,” Chavez said. “I am glad that we are hosting Bienvenida to celebrate our accomplishments throughout this year and still get people excited about continuing to be part of LSF in the following year,” Chavez said.
Araceli Martin, LSF treasurer and junior biology major, reflected on the club’s sense of community.
“I first joined LSF because I wanted to find a community on campus that connected to my cultural roots and gain leadership experience which this past year I was able to fulfill.” Martin said. “I hope that students take away from today that LSF will also be here next year and to get as involved as they can, even if it is not a position on E-board, because we always are appreciative of the help.”