Hispanic Coalition

¡Bienvenidos!  We in the Hispanic Coalition make it our mission to increase cultural awareness both on campus and throughout the community through cultural activities related to the Spanish language and/or Latino, Spanish, or Hispanic cultures. We strive not only for on-campus awareness, but also community involvement to reinforce that connection between students and community members.

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FALL 2015 Leadership:


When and where do we meet?

We meet weekly. FA 2015: Wednesdays 8:30-9:30pm in SAC 104


Spanish Hour

Need a place to study? Or just want to interact with others interested in Spanish language or Hispanic cultures? Come to Spanish hour! FA 2015: Wednesdays 7:30-8:30pm in SAC 104 followed by our weekly meeting.


Cuéntame un cuento (Bilingual Spanish Story Time)

Cuéntame un cuento: Bilingual Spanish Story Time starts SAT, September 12th through Nov 21st on Saturdays at 11 a.m. at the ALMA PUBLIC LIBRARY.

*International Holiday Event SATURDAY, Dec 5th. Time TBA

We are looking for volunteer readers and suggestions for books. Contact: Tina Leonard (tleonard@alma.lib.mi.us) or Stephany Slaughter (slaughter@alma.edu ). Free and open to the public.

* We will be running a Hispanic Heritage Month Youth Book Club from Sept 12th-Oct 17th. Read books in Spanish; by Latino or Hispanic authors; or with themes related to Hispanic Heritage or cultures. Choose to read by book or by time. Pick up a reading log from the Alma Public Library starting Sept 12th. 



Hispanic Heritage Month 2015

Celebrated nationally between September 15 and October 15, HisCo helps to coordinate events throughout the month.

2015 theme: “Honoring our Heritage.  Building our Future.”

For background information, see http://www.hispanicheritagemonth.org/ 

 Read an article about this year’s plans


6th Annual Fiesta/Baile and Information Fair

Friday, September 18, 2015

3:00-10 pm at Alma College in Tyler-Van Dusen 

Various activities including Mariachi music, raffle, “A taste of” Hispanic inspired foods, dancing, children’s activities, and more! (detailed program TBA)


Monetary donations are graciously accepted, or items for one of the following drives:

Toiletry; School Supply; Winter-Wear. Proceeds support these drives, the HisCo Book Scholarship Fund, and other HisCo events

Look for artwork by Hillcrest Elementary Students!


 Other Hispanic Heritage Month Events:

BORN TO RUN book discussion

 *Join us to read and discuss the book BORN TO RUN. We will have two discussion groups: Wednesday Nov 4th at 7pm in the Alma Public Library and Friday Nov 6th at College Corner. Come to either or both, no matter how much of the book you read. For more information contact Angie Kelleher (kelleher@alma.edu)



THURSDAY, October 24th 5:30-7:30pm (SAC 109): 

Join HisCo and The Alma College Pre-Law Program for “IMMIGRATION 101: What Every American Needs to Know”: Thursday, September 24th; 5:30-7:30pm; SAC 109, FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Have you ever wondered…

• Why someone can’t get legal status even though he or she is married

to a U.S. citizen?

• What happens when a family needs public assistance but a family

member lacks legal immigration status?

• How do applicants “get in line” to become citizens?

 Join immigration attorney Susan Reed as she takes a look at the history and basic contours of immigration law as it affects low-income immigrants already present in the United States. Q and A immediately following. Light refreshments will be served. For more information contact:  slaughter@alma.edu; 989-463-7117; or kulhanek1sk@alma.edu







Hispanic Heritage Month 2014

Celebrated nationally between September 15 and October 15, HisCo helps to coordinate events throughout the month.

2014 theme: “Hispanics: A legacy of history, a present of action and a future of success.”

For background information, see http://www.hispanicheritagemonth.org/ 

5th Annual Fiesta/Baile and Information Fair

Friday, September 19

3:30-11 pm at Alma College in Tyler-Van Dusen



Monetary donations are graciously accepted, or items for one of the following drives:

Toiletry; School Supply; Winter-Wear. Proceeds support these drives, the HisCo Book Scholarship Fund, and other HisCo events


Program (posted 9/18/14)


3:30: Bienvenido/Welcome by special guests Rubén Millán and José Casas from the Mexican Consulate in Detroit (Rotunda of Tyler Van-Dusen)


  • 3:30–5 p.m. Information fair in Tyler- Van Dusen including the inauguration of the photo exhibit “Testimonios de una guerra” thanks to the Mexican Consulate in Detroit; and the Faculty Forum “Connections Between Alma College and the Hispanic World”
  • 5pm ZUMBA! With Prof. Tincy Goggin! (Rotunda of Tyler-Van Dusen)
  • 5:30 SALSA with José Maldonado and the brothers of SAE (Rotunda of Tyler-Van Dusen)
  • 5:30-7: Live Mariachi Music with Roxanne y los Compadres (5:30 in Hamilton; 6-7 in Van Dusen commons)
  • 6–7p.m (or while supplies last): “A Taste of…” Sample a variety of Hispanic inspired foods. *Many of the foods available for sampling are prepared by local community members or local restaurants.  If you have any concerns about allergies, ingredients or preparation techniques prior to consumption, discuss those issues with the preparer before sampling the food*
  • 7-7:30 BACHATA and BASEBALL! Dance lesson with the Alma College Baseball Team
  • 7:30–11 p.m. “Baile Latino” A dance featuring DESASTRE
  • 8:30p.m. 50/50 drawing (must be present to win) and winners of Silent Auction announced
  • Children’s activities available from 4-10 in the Fireside Lounge (across the hall)


Don’t forget to visit the artwork from Hillcrest Elementary students on display between VanDusen Commons and Fireside Lounge and the photo exhibit in the hallway between the Rotunda and Joe’s


¡Gracias por acompañarnos! Thank you for joining us!


Other Hispanic Heritage Month Events:

September 22-26 IMMIGRATION WEEK (more events TBA)

Monday, September 22—Film viewing 7:30 PM in Dow L4. Al Otro Lado is a 2004 Mexican film that follows the story of 3 children—from Mexico, Cuba, and Morocco—as they navigate the realities of immigration in their societies. Al Otro Lado won three awards at the Lleida Latin-American Film Festival in 2006, including Best Film and the Audience Award.

Wednesday, September 24—Constitution Day Presentation 7 PM in the Chapel. Operation Streamline is a controversial program common in the Southwest of the United States, used to expedite the deportation process of undocumented immigrants. Come for a brief presentation followed by a panel discussion on the constitutionality of Operation Streamline.

Thursday, September 25—Round Table Discussion “The Danger of a Single Story,” 7 PM in SAC 110. Students, faculty and community members are welcome to join Amnesty International, Hispanic Coalition, Interfaith Council, and International Club for a viewing and discussion of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s TED talk, warning against the reduction of entire peoples and countries to one popular story.

Monday, September 29th: Screening of film: César Chávez (Dir. Diego Luna) 7pm in the Alma College Chapel. Discussion following the film facilitated by Multicultural House.

Wed Oct 8th: Diversity Dialogue (Lunchtime: Rainbows and Religion: The Intersections of Identity, Expression, and Religion)

Thurs. Oct 9th World Kitchen sponsored by International Club at the Multicultural House (space is limited and must be reserved through International Club)

Sat Oct 11th: Join the HisCo team to walk or run in the Matt Reinke 5k Scot Trot and come find us for our special Story Time events!

Mon Oct 13th: (Columbus Day/Día de la raza): Tentative: Brown Bag lunch discussion: “Columbusing and cultural appropriation”

Fri. Oct 17th: Release of the Film The Book of Life (about Día de muertos)—check listings for local screenings