The Emerald Newsletter | Kappa Delta Chi Sorority Spring 2017 - Page 27

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SGA resolution opens discussion on Lack of Chicano Studies at WSU

Nicole Byrne, The Sunflower, Whichita State's Student News Source

With the creation of the Diversity Task Force, SGA is hoping to create a platform where students from across the university can find a place to speak on these topics and be heard.

“Each meeting there should be a different group represented,” Honors Senator Tracia Banuelos, chair of the Diversity Task Force, said. “And we’re trying to hit every tier of

diversity we can. We take it very seriously. We’re creating awareness and showing that SGA is reaching out.”

With the official start of Hispanic Heritage Month last week, the Student Government Association’s agenda for this week was passing a resolution for recognizing the importance of honoring Hispanic independence.

The resolution acknowledges the combined efforts of the

Hispanic American Leadership Organization (HALO), Kappa Delta Chi, Modern and Classical Languages, Sigma Lambda Beta, Sigma Delta Pi Hispanic Honors Society, and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion to raise awareness and honor the Hispanic Heritage.

Unlike most honorary months, Hispanic Heritage Month does not start on the 1st, but rather commences on September 15th to coincide with the date that the nations of Guatemala, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua achieved independence.

“We’ve seen a high increase of Hispanic students here at Wichita State,” Savana Servantez, Vice President of HALO, said. “So the Hispanic population is the largest minority at the university.”

She then went on to address how the university is lacking unique educational opportunities in the overall curriculum to accommodate this.

“I want to see more Chicano Studies classes,” Servantez said. “We don’t have any here at the university. I know that there’s a demand for it and that people here would be interested in learning more about our history.”

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Savana Servantez is currently a student at Wichita State University. She is majoring in Philosophy/Pre-Law and is a member of the Coloy at Wichita State University .

“I want to see more Chicano Studies classes,” Servantez said. “We don’t have any here at the university. I know that there’s a demand for it and that people here would be interested in learning more about our history.”

- Savana Servantez, Vice President of HALO

Founders Sighting!

I saw your post on Facebook and remembered I had this picture. It is from conference in San Diego. It was an off site dinner that sisters could attend with Irene and Nellie. Miquela (Abetya-Torres, Iota Alumna) and I always talk about that time we got lost on the way back to the hotel with our founders. We had a car and offered for them to ride back to the hotel with us and we got a little turned around. Haha

- Adriana Flores, Iota Alumna,

New Mexico State University

My daughter Alejandra had the opportunity to meet the four Founders when she little bitty. She will graduate high school this year. I worked very hard over the years to build a legacy not only for my daughters but for all future sisters. #CREATINGYOURLEGACY #KDChiNAA

- Naomi Vasquez Chapa, Epsilon Alumna,The University of Texas Arlington

I spy with my little eye...

...A couple of founders strolling!!!