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Celebration of Brown Pride links students

October 19, 2011

On Wednesday Culturas de las Razas Unidas, or CRU, held their annual Brown Pride event in McDonel Hall. Along with poetry readings and a resource fair, there was an art showcase featuring the work of Advertising senior Dee Lush, who shared the motivation behind her artwork.

No-preference freshman Alma Ramirez listened to poetry readings about race and culture on Wednesday night as part of Brown Pride.

Culturas de las Razas Unidas, or CRU, held the annual cultural event in McDonel Hall to celebrate Hispanic heritage and the Latino community.

Ramirez said she came out to the event to celebrate the Latino community on campus.

“I came to support our Latinos and get the word out there about our culture,” Ramirez said.

“It informs a lot of people, and we get to know a lot of other people from different cultures.”

This year’s theme for the event was Poetic Justice and included student poetry readings, a student art showcase and a resource fair featuring posters and information about a number of campus student organizations.

CRU co-chair and social relations and policy senior Brittiany Romero said the event was a fitting end to Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15.

“Brown Pride is an event to celebrate the empowerment that we can get through education,” Romero said.

“There’s still not a proportional number of Latinos in higher education getting college degrees.”

A number of organizations from the Coalition of Racial and Ethnic Students groups were in attendance, including the Black Student Alliance, or BSA, and the Asian Pacific American Student Organization, or APASO.

BSA President and education senior Mario Lemons said it’s been good for the organizations to work together because both share the same goal of increasing cultural awareness on campus.

Describing BSA and CRU as “brother and sister organizations,” Lemons said there’s a lot of similarities between the groups.

“We’re trying to get the people within our communities to feel empowered and validated,” he said.

“At the same time we’re allowing people outside our communities to be educated about our culture and our history.”

Romero said the relationship between the groups has grown considerably this year, and they’ve begun meeting every two weeks.

“(It’s) really nice to know they support us,” she said. “In the past we were focused on our own communities and not collaborating. We’ve come a really long way.”

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