Latinx Community

Latinx Community

1890s

  • 1892 First foreign student enrolls

    Cuban Jose Fabio Santo Trigo becomes the first foreign student to enroll at A&M College.

1940s

  • 11/1/1943 La Casa Latino Americana Club Forms

    La Casa Latino Americana was formed by student Leonardo Valderrama of Peru and Dr. Sanford Winston of NC State's Sociology Department. The club aimed to "form friendly relations among the Americas", and was open to any interested Raleigh residents.

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1950s

  • 1951 Eduardo Catalano Joined Faculty

    Eduardo Catalano (1917-2010) of Argentina came to NC State as the head of the Department of Architecture in the College of Design. On the faculty here until 1956, Catalano later taught at MIT, retiring in 1995, His design achievements included construction of his own house in Raleigh (named House of the Decade by "House and Home" magazine in 1955), the U.S. Embassy in Buenos Aires, and the Juilliard School of Music in New York City. In 2007 NC State ... More

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1960s

  • 5/14/1961 Latin American Club Formed

    The Latin American Club formed, and it held the Latin International Night during the fall semester for several years. It also hosted a "Carnavale Latino" celebration in the spring of 1965. In 1964-1965 it won the Erdahl-Cloyd Union Best Club Award.

1970s

  • 03/29/1972 Alan Gonzalez, Head of the Department of Modern Languages

    Dr. Gonzalez, who spoke seven languages, became head of the Department of Modern Languages. Originally from Spain, Gonzalez had previously been associate head of Hispanic languages and literature at the University of Pittsburgh.

1980s

  • Fall 1983 Low Latinx Enrollment

    Enrollment was 22,632 total students that fall, but only 148 (0.7%) identified as Hispanic.

  • 1989 Diversity Milestones

    Enrollment of African American students passed 2000, Latinx students passed 200, and international students passed 1000.

1990s

  • 1995 Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)

    A chapter of this national organization was established at NC State.

  • 4/22/1996 Article on the Latina Experience

    Technician columnist Marcela Musgrove published a column describing her experience as a Latina at NC State University.

  • 1997 Latinx Faculty at 1% of Total

    The Higher Education Research Institute survey found that 1% of NCSU faculty identified as Latinx. The survey also asked faculty about their experiences of discrimination on campus. Recommendations drawn from the survey included more targeted faculty and student recruitment of underrepresented groups.

2000s

  • 2002 Mi Familia

    Mi Familia ("My Family") was formed to promote the Latinx community and to discuss important events and issues.

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  • 11/5/2002 Andrea Hernandez First Latinx Leader of the Pack

    Hernandez, a mathematics student from Colombia, was President and co-founder of Mi Familia, and she was also active with the University Scholars Program, Phi Eta Sigma, Phi Beta Kappa, and Golden Chain Honor Societies, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Chancellor's Liaison, and Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers. She graduated in 2005 Summa Cum Laude with a BS in Mathematics and Mathematics Education.

  • 2003 Jose Picart Named Vice Provost for Diversity

    Puerto Rico native Jose Picart was appointed vice provost for diversity and African-American affairs, as well as professor in Department of Counselor Education.

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  • 2/9/2005 Somos Estrellas

    Mi Familia and SHPE presented a Latin American cultural variety show called "Somos Estrellas" in Stewart Theatre.

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  • 2009 Jose Picart, interim dean

    Picart serves as interim dean until 2010.

2010s

  • 2010 Enrollment of Latinx students passes 1000
  • Summer 2010 Saul Flores's "Walk of the Immigrants"

    Student Saul Flores walked 5000 miles across ten countries from Ecuador to Charlotte, NC, to bring awareness of Latin American issues. During this trip, he took over 20,000 photographs, and sales of the images he donated for the rebuilding of a school in his mother’s hometown of of Atencingo, Mexico. The photographs were exhibited by the NCSU Libraries as the "Walk of the Immigrants." Flores graduated from NC State in 2012 with degrees in graphic design and business marketing.

  • 2017-2018 Jackie Gonzalez

    Jackie Gonzalez was the first Latinx person to be voted Student Body President, and along with Vice President Mia Connell was part of the first woman-of-color team to be elected into the highest Student Government offices.

  • 2017 Mi Familia Scholarship

    The Mi Familia Scholarship was created to help mitigate the cost of higher education for a Latinx higher school student.

  • 8/2/2018 Sandra Cisneros Reading

    Author and poet Sandra Cisneros gave a reading and talk at an event co-hosted by Multicultural Student Affairs, NCSU Libraries, and the Farm Labor Organizing Committee. Cisneros, a MacArthur Fellow and recipient of the National Medal of the Arts, read a variety of narratives in English and Spanish.