WSU’s Hispanic Heritage Room slated to open May 5
Detroit, Nov. 16, 2009: Momentum continues to build for the creation of a Hispanic Heritage Room at Wayne State University.
On October 13, 2009 the Center for Chicano Boricua Studies showcased an informational panel discussion, centering on the creation of a Latino heritage room at Wayne State University. The panel included: student leader Alonso H. Steele (former Chapter President of Lambda Theta Phi Wayne State Colony and Spanish major), Wayne County senior executive special project manager Jessica Pellegrino, Community leader and Vice President of Government Affairs of VisionIT Larry Arreguin, WSU Professor of Arts Melvin Rosas, WSU chair of classical and modern languages Dr. Margaret E. Winters, and Center for Chicano Boricua Studies Director Dr. Jorge Chinea.
Supporters gathered for the panel discussion in what is now a dull auditorium but soon to be vibrant cultural room.
According to student leader Steele, phase two has begun for pushing forward with the efforts and construction of the heritage room. “I dreamt of standing in front of this audience presenting this presentation about this room” said Steele addressing the audience. “Now this dream has become a reality and it’s time for action”
Arreguin urged supporters to rally together to donate. “It’s great to back at WSU! The students have done a tremendous job gaining the attention of administrators, faculty and their peers to move the Hispanic Heritage Room from discussion to action. Now it’s time for the Greater Hispanic Community and others to come forward and support their fundraising efforts. Make a donation today!”
Wayne State University’s Dr. Winters expressed enthusiasm over the student leadership on this project. “I welcome this undertaking, as do my colleagues across the Department. We are proud of the Spanish program and of the students who have taken the initiative. Our relationship with the Hispanic community is an important one, and we believe that the development of a Culture Room will only expand opportunities to explore shared interests and joint projects.”
Steele, along with fellow students, community, and WSU faculty supporters, have been working towards this goal for some time now. In August 2009, The University’s space committee granted permission to build the room after three years of asking and drafting proposals.
“For me it has been a sleepless three years.” Said Steele “The Hispanic/Latino student body of WSU, has put presentations and proposals together to reach this goal and this is only the first of many hurdles to overcome”
Steele is urging as many student organizations and supporters to get involved and continue the momentum. The grand Opening for the Hispanic Heritage Room is scheduled for May 5, 2010.