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 2017-2018
Laura Padilla is a senior in the College of Arts & Sciences pursuing a major in Government and minor in Education, Inquiry, and Justice. She was born and raised in an immigrant community on the Southwest side of Chicago. Her experience with the challenges of growing up in a predominately low-income Latinx community, has influenced her passions and desire to serve her community. During her time at Georgetown, Laura has worked as an intern for her congressman Luis V. Gutierrez and with Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America (LEDA), non-profit organization committed to closing the opportunity gap by supporting low-income students through the college process. She also served as the program coordinator for the YLEAD program that challenges twenty first-year Georgetown students to engage in conversations about diversity and social justice. This year, she is serving as the resident director of Casa Latina, a space for identity exploration and community building on campus. She is excited to continue meeting and working with members of the Latinx community and allies in order to achieve Casa's mission and build fuerza in our resilient community. In the future, Laura hopes to attend law school or earn a Masters in Public Policy, and continue working with her community to ensure that Latinxs are adequately being represented in and protected by government.
Marcela Barrientos (SFS '18) was born in El Salvador and grew up in the Bronx, NY. She is majoring in Regional Comparative Studies: East Asia and Latin America with a focus on Migration and Conflict, while minoring in Korean. As one of Casa Latina's residents, she hopes to promote a more integrative culture among latinx clubs and organizations on campus, as well as serve as an important resource for incoming students adjusting to Georgetown life.
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.
Esmeralda Huerta (SFS '18) is a CULP major with a focus on immigration and labor. She comes from the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas, the most humid place on Earth. Esmi wants to build a strong working-class movement through labor, transit, and housing organizing, and believes that the power to a better future is collective liberation. In her spare time, this Tejana takes photos, cooks, and tries to keep her plants from dying.
Emmanuel Callejas (COL ’18) was born and raised in the Columbia Heights neighborhood of D.C. Both his parents migrated from El Salvador to the United States during the Salvadoran Civil War, which has influenced his thoughts on foreign policy as well as the United States’ role as a world power. With a focus on STEM and pre-med, Emmanuel hopes to empower the Latinx community to enter areas of study that have previously been inaccessible. He is also interested in spreading knowledge of modern Latin American history throughout the Latinx community due to his belief that through learning more about our origins do we gain greater context and solidarity with members in our expansive Latinx community.