From vocational groups to
those pursuing social reform,
Hispanic groups offer the student body new ideas in life and
Six groups are officially recognized and have one seat in the
Concilio de Organaciones Chi-
canas. The Hispanic Business
Student Association, Mexican-
American Engineering Society,
Hispanic Law Student Association, Hijos Del Sol, Hispanic
Pre-Law Society, and the Mexican-American Student Association are the student groups.
The Concilio is the presiding
body of the groups. It allows each
group a chance to voice its opinions on student life and community issues. The Concilio works
towards recruiting Hispanic students and helping them complete
their college education.
Chicano Week is one of the
main social events for the Concilio. Speakers and other activities bring the general student
body more in touch with Mexican-American students. Another event, College Career Day, encourages high school students of
all grade levels to complete
Of the student groups' participation in activities, Lorenzo Ca-
no, Assistant Director of Mexican American Studies Program,
said, "They work very hard . . .
I'm impressed ..."
The Concilio's principal support group is the Mexican Amer-
ican Student Association
(MASO). Sonya Hernandez,
president of the 20-member organization, says that in addition
to other activities, MASO also
gets involved with Homecoming
and Cinco de Mayo festivities.
MASO also encourages students to attend a conference held
by the National Association of
Chicano Studies (NACS). "The
conference features many Hispanic intellectuals in the field of
psychology, sociology, and other
areas of study," said Cano.
Not all groups work for a common goal, though. The four vocational groups cater to students
with a certain degree in mind.
The Hispanic Business Students Association recruits His-
panics for the College of Business. Its current goal remains to
provide a scholarship for Mexican-American business students.
The Hispanic Pre-Law Society also plans for 6-10 scholarships worth $1,000 each; working
with the Mexican American Bar
Association for eligibility requirements. As for community
work, President Jose Molina said
HPLS participated in KQQK-
FM's "Be Cool, Stay in School"
program, encouraging high
school students to finish their
• The Hispanic Law Students
Association was equally active.
HLSA hosted Orientation for
the Law Center and conducted
workshops on test-taking techniques for freshman law students. Furthermore, they updated and re-published a booklet on
law school especially for Hispan-
The Mexican-American Engineering Society (MAES) represented another Hispanic vocational group. In addition to
recruiting Hispanics for the College of Engineering, they worked
with PACE (Promotion and
Awareness of Careers in Engineering) to demonstrate engineering student projects.
"In the past we've gone out to
schools for PACE, but this year
we hope to bring the students to
campus," said President Ronnie
Aside from vocational groups,
the Concilio has the social group
"Hijos Del Sol," students who
want more focus on Hispanic
community issues. A rally on
March 9 protesting immigration
legislation and the publication of
the newsletter iQue Onda? were
the major accomplishments of
Hijos Del Sol.
"When the newsletter came
out.. . many thought it was pessimistic, but it's really a statement on things we believe need
change," Mendoza said.
No matter how old or young,
Hispanic student groups are
working for visibility. Although
different in name, the groups are
unified in working for the 6%
Hispanic population at UH.
—Frank San Miguel
"They work very hard . . . I'm impressed by them." — Lorenzo Cano,
Assistant Director of Mexican-
American Studies Program.
COLOMBIAN STUDENTS ASSOCIATION, FOLKLORIC BALLET — Front: Consuelo Baena, Monica Leal,
Manuel Santos. Back: Orlando Guerrero, Fernandez Suarez, Melba Resendez, Francisco Ramirez, Luz Suarez Morris,
Ricardo Sutherland-Castro, Judit Guerrero, Robin Guerrero, Norma Fuentes, Rafeal Arzuza.