What Is La Casa Latina?
In August of 2014, the Provost Committee, summoned Hoya Latinx leaders to spearhead the first university sponsored Latinx Heritage Month. Latinx organizations came together to host four foundational events: Latinx Welcome Dinner, a Latinx-style kick-off barbecue, a noche de baile, and a panel on Latinx Identity at Georgetown. Their success led them to contemplate and mobilize on other important issues the Latinx community faces on the Hilltop. Thus, the movement to start a Casa Latina for Hoyas was born. On April 10, 2015, LLF and the Last Campaign for Academic Reform (LCAR) submitted their respective proposals and petitions to university administrators. From there a working group was formed with university administration in order to work towards the goal of having a Casa Latina by Fall 2016.
La Casa Latina will be a centralized location of inclusivity in which Latinxs can share their narratives, access resources integral to success on the Hilltop, and engage in vital discussions about the intersectionality of race/ethnicity, class, sexuality, gender, ability, privilege and power within the Latinx identity. In order to unite all members of the Latinx community, Casa Latina will ensure that students feel not only welcomed at Georgetown, but also feel empowered to grow and flourish in all encompassing aspects of the collegiate community.
Benefits of Serving as a Casa Latina Resident:
● Develop teamwork and leadership skills
● Learn fiscal responsibility and accountability
● Network and connect with larger campus community
● Plan programs to support mission of Casa Latina
Casa Latina RESIDENTS 2016-2017
Citlalli Velasquez (COL ’17) is excited to build power with self-identifying Georgetown Latina/o/xs and allies as we establish the first year of a safe space for us on campus. Citlalli is pursuing an Arabic major with a minor in Philosophy. Citlalli’s upbringing in East Los Angeles and exchange year in Cairo, Egypt fueled her to fight for justice through an anti-imperial lense as she realized that the current and historical state of people of color in the U.S. is parallel to those in historically colonized countries. Citlalli strongly believes justice should be sought through a racialized lense because imperial and colonial violence is racialized. She believes in the imperative of safe spaces such as Casa Latina to provide epistemic justice through particular programming for students that fall under the complex identity of Latinidad so that we may develop a more nuanced and critical consciousness of ourselves as Latina/o/xs and the institutions that deemed us as such. Citlalli looks forward to building enough power with the Georgetown Latino community to challenge our institution and ourselves as we demand equity in order to live and thrive in a juster academic setting and beyond.
My name is Ximena, and I'm from Woodland Park, NJ, though my family is originally from Lima, Peru. I'm a rising sophomore in the School of Foreign Service, planning to major in International Politics and get a certificate in International Development. On campus, I'm an ASK volunteer, B&G Tour Guide, and an SFS Peer Advisor.
Josué Coronado hails from Houston, Texas and is a proud Tejano. Josué is a junior in the college, majoring in English. He has as many aspirations as he does passions, most notably involving activism, community organizing, education, and, unusually, cars. He welcomes all sorts of conversations regarding ability, color, race, class, education, politics, and injustices and enjoys thinking of solutions in which society can equitably address all of them. Or, of course, you can also talk “cars” if lighter conversation is sought. Josué is a tutor/mentor for the After School Kids Program at the Center of Social Justice and is a proud writing tutor at the Writing Center.
I am Zeke Gutierrez and I am a Sophomore in the School of Foreign Service from High Point, North Carolina planning on majoring in International Politics. I am very interested in education reform, and had the incredible opportunity to intern with a non-profit in São Paulo, Brazil as an educator for public schools over the summer. On campus I have participated on the executive board of the Student of Color Alliance, served as a pre-orientation mentor for the Young Leaders in Education About Diversity, and ESCAPE Leader. During my free time I enjoy listening/dancing to Bachata, traveling, and meeting up with friends for lunch/dinner. I am thrilled to be living in Casa Latina with so many incredible people. I know we can help shape Casa Latina into a rich and vibrant house that can represent the Latinx culture & community!
Bria Wade (COL ’19) is from Newark, New Jersey, majoring in African American Studies and minoring in Women and Gender Studies. She is on the board of the GU NAACP Chapter along with being a coordinator for DC Reads. As an Afro-Latina, she is incredibly excited and honored to be apart of Casa Latina’s inaugural year surrounded by such a vibrant and rich community on campus. She is outspoken and actively involved in working to bring attention to discrimination and injustices on campus and around the country. As a queer woman of color often lacking representation, she proudly strives to center intersectional identities as well as remembering to stay grounded in the power of agency and humor. When her life is a mess, she runs to coconut oil, her dog and Beyonce to save the day.