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Club Showcase: The Spanish Club is Helping Our Worldwide Community

Posted by iusbvision on April 4, 2006

Membership in the Spanish Club is a culturally enriching experience for the students, faculty, and staff of IUSB.  Participants with the club can immerse themselves in the culture of the Spanish-speaking world while still living in the U.S.A.

Among the other clubs on campus, the Spanish Club helps to enrich the variety of the IUSB student culture.  Teresa Santos, Co-President of the Spanish Club says, “We are proud to be among the many clubs and organizations at IUSB which help to enrich our campus environment.”

The Spanish Club seeks to introduce its members to cultural venues such as food, dance, Spanish/Latin American films, and art.   Santos says, “We promote the Spanish language and culture among native speakers as well as individuals learning Spanish as a second language.”

Beyond the cultural enrichment the club seeks to bring to the campus community, the Spanish Club also has a vision that reaches outside the borders of IUSB.  The club promotes community and worldwide engagement, supported by introducing students to other customs and worldviews outside their own: “We like to have fun and socialize as well as look for ways to put the information we gather towards the development of engaging ourselves on a community as well as on a global basis,” said Santos.  “Right now we are exploring a way to involve ourselves within the local Hispanic community.”

The club is involved in some very practical ways of impacting the worldwide community: “We are committed to raising funds for an orphanage in Cuernavaca, Mexico, which will again be visited by study-abroad participants in the Summer in Mexico program,” said Santos.  “We are also discussing the possibilities of establishing a Scholarship Fund to assist students who want to study in Cuernavaca, Costa Rica, Spain, or one of the other Study Abroad programs.”

Throughout the year, the Spanish club has had about 200-250 participants for their combined year’s events.  The club welcomes future participants, who can check out their web site calendar for information on upcoming events.  The web address is http://www.iusb.edu/~fiesta.  Regular meetings will be held on April 4th and 18th at 6:30p.m. in SAC 206.

Rachel Wesner
Writer

One Response to “Club Showcase: The Spanish Club is Helping Our Worldwide Community”

  1. Teresa Santos Co-President Spanish Club said

    I wanted to pass along my thanks along with that of my club. All of us were impressed with your story and felt honored to have our organization on the front page. You have a fine paper and it is a great addition to our campus.

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