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It's been a while since 1972 when Despierta Boricua (DB) was founded, and today DB still proudly remains the Puerto Rican student association at Yale University. With forty years of rich history on campus, Despierta Boricua has continuously been a community for Puerto Ricans to come together and make their voices heard. Over the years, Boricua Yalies have triumphantly worked to have their goals and concerns met by the Yale administration. With the resources we have available now, we clearly can see the tremendous amount of work past DBers have done for Latinos on campus.
The Latino community has grown exponentially since the seventies, and we all greatly respect those past students who made such a safe space possible for our culture, traditions, and voices to be welcomed. Despierta Boricua has played such a pivotal role in the Latino presence on campus it is without a doubt necessary that the organization is recognized for its monumental role on campus. The gala is aimed to showcase and honor the achievements, successes, and the impact Despierta Boricua has had on the Latino community and the entire university. We want to come together to celebrate with alumni and current students DB's impact on campus, as well as it's role in the future.
Join us in celebration on Saturday December 8th, 2012 for Los Que Despertaron:
5:00PM-7PM: DB History Exhibit at La Casa Cultural Julia de Burgos (301 Crown St.)
- Join current DBers at La Casa to see the history exhibit they put together from the La Casa archives. Enjoy light refreshments and conversations with current and past students! Discussion on the current DB status and ideas for organization's future will be held.
7:00PM-10PM: Gala Dinner at Dwight Chapel (67 High St.)
- Come celebrate Despierta Boricua s 40th anniversary with a dinner shared amongst DB founders, DBers of all generations, and current students! A keynote will be delivered by DB alum, Hon. Edgardo Ramos, followed by performances by guitarist Hermelindo Ruiz and the latin-dance group Sabrosura. *general business attire preferred*
10:30PM-2AM: Gala After-Party at La Casa Cultural de Julia de Burgo
- Party co-sponsored by Alianza, Yale's Pan-Latino student organization.
If you have any questions or comments feel free to contact the William Genova, the DB President, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Despierta Boricua (est. 1972) is the Puerto Rican Student Organization at Yale University. The main objectives of Despierta Boricua are fostering a sense of community among Puerto Ricans at Yale, representing and voicing the concerns of the Puerto Rican community to the Yale administration, and coordinating and sponsoring educational activities dealing with Puerto Rican issues. DB strives to meet these objectives through advocacy efforts and by coordinating a vast array of cultural, educational, and social events.