Alumni to celebrate 'Latinos at Yale: Past/Present/Future'

About 200 alumni and 100 Yale College students will gather on campus Friday-Sunday, April 20-22, for the second Yale Latino Alumni Reunion. The theme of this year’s reunion is “Latinos at Yale: Past/Present/Future.”

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Featured events will include a discussion with Tony Award-winning playwright Quiara Alegria Hudes ’99, who recently became the first Latina to win a Pulitzer Prize, and a talk by renowned civil rights activist Dolores Huerta. The latter event is free and open to the public.

Hudes, who received the Pulitzer Prize, for her drama “Water by the Spoonful,” will be the guest at a Dean’s Tea at noon on Friday, in Rm. 351 of the Loria Center, 190 York St.

Later that evening, Mark R. Dollhopf ’77, executive director of the Association of Yale Alumni (AYA), will welcome alumni back to campus during a reception hosted by the AYA and Rosalinda Garcia, assistant dean of Yale College and director of the Latino Cultural Center. There will be brief remarks by Garcia; by Mindy A. Marks ’00, AYA director for shared interest groups; and Orlando Rivera ’77, co-chair of the Yale Latino Alumni Association.

The keynote address will be delivered by Thomas A. Saenz ’87, ’91 J.D., president and general counsel of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund. Saenz will speak on Saturday during a dinner at Yale Law School.

The reunion concludes with a lecture by Huerta, who co-founded the United Farm Workers with Cesar Chavez. The public is invited to attend her talk, which will take place at 10:45 a.m. on Sunday in Rm. 119 of William L. Harkness Hall, 100 Wall St.

Other reunion highlights include a session on the history of Latinos at Yale, as well as panels on Latinos in education, philanthropy, public service, and news and media. Marta Moret ’84 M.P.H. will speak on the panel “Public Health, the Latino Patient and Confronting Underrepresentation in Medicine.” A full list of speakers and presenters is available at: http://latinoreunion.alumni.yale.edu/speakers

More details about the reunion are available at: http://latinoreunion.alumni.yale.edu/program

The Yale Latino Alumni Association was formed in October 2007 when Garcia tapped a group of alumni to be members of a National Latino Alumni Interim Board. The inaugural reunion in 2009, co-sponsored by the AYA, was the organization’s first major event. Reunion events were planned on the basis of a survey of all 3,000-plus Latino alumni. The approximately 400 respondents indicated that they were most interested in professional development opportunities and in the topic of the collective legacy of Yale Latino graduates.

For photos of the first Yale Latino Alumni reunion held in 2009, click here: http://latinoreunion.alumni.yale.edu/gallery.

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