Series of events in place to recognize Hispanic/Latinx community
This month, Sept. 15 – Oct. 15, marks national Hispanic Heritage Month. To celebrate, Georgia Tech, with the support of the Office of Hispanic Initiatives (OHI), is hosting a series of events ranging from guest speakers and panels to a soccer/fútbol tournament and a closing ball. All events are open to students, faculty, and staff.
Georgia Tech’s overall number of Hispanic/Latinx students continues to grow. Enrollment has topped 3,500, which is 500 more than the 2020-21 school year. This constitutes nearly 14% of the undergraduate student body.
Nearly 1,450 are studying engineering. Many are involved in student organizations that support and welcome Hispanic and Latinx students.
“The Hispanic community faces so many challenges, but we persevere. At Georgia Tech, we’re small but growing, and I think we’re making an impact,” said third-year aerospace engineering student Ivanska Báez, a member of the College’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council. “It’s wonderful to see so many cultures mixed within our community. It’s like a second family to me. It’s my home away from home.”
Georgia Tech’s Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (GT-SHPE) has a membership of 350 students, making it the third largest SHPE group in the country. The undergraduate organization hosts annual events on campus that include the Mini World Cup and Taste of Latin America. Weekly GT-SHPE meetings feature guests from industry who discuss internship and career opportunities. The group also participates in philanthropic events and initiatives to assist Atlanta’s Hispanic community.
The Latino Organization of Graduate Students (LOGRAS) is the only Hispanic student club for Georgia Tech graduate students. Its 40 members represent colleges and schools across campus. LOGRAS hosts monthly events to support its four pillars: academic outreach, cultural awareness, professional development, and social events. This includes developing mentorship programs for new graduate students and hosting educational events to celebrate different cultures.
Office of Hispanic Initiatives
OHI is a division of the Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion. It provides programs and pathways to success for Georgia Tech’s Hispanic/Latinx community. OHI primarily serves current and prospective students and their families, faculty, and staff, assisting in recruitment and fostering an inclusive and supportive environment. OHI also offers programs to help Hispanic/Latinx students grow academically, personally, and professionally, while also preparing them for postgraduate careers.
OHI manages private scholarships and fellowships designed to increase and retain the number of Hispanic/Latinx students at Georgia Tech.
*Editors note: All photos and video for this story were taken in July, 2021, prior to updated mask guidance issued by Georgia Tech.