Series of events in place to recognize Hispanic/Latinx community

Thursday, 15 September 2022
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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. They include a soccer/fútbol tournament — the Mini World Cup — and trivia night focused on Georgia Tech’s Hispanic and Latin cultures. Georgia Tech Hispanic/Latinx engineers and scientists will also hold two virtual story-time sessions with K-5 students in the metro Atlanta area. 

Georgia Tech’s overall number of Hispanic/Latinx students continues to grow. This year’s group of first-year and transfer students had a record number of Hispanic/Latinx students. Total enrollment has topped 3,600, an increase of 1,500 in the past five years.

Nearly half of them (1,719) are studying engineering. Many are involved in student organizations that support and welcome Hispanic and Latinx students.

“The best way to describe the Hispanic community on campus is one big familia to me,” said Aimee Ogando, a civil engineering student and the external vice president of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers at Georgia Tech (SHPE). “We are very driven and hardworking people who love getting to know new cultures and sharing our backgrounds. Coming from very diverse environments, meeting people from all over the world with different aspirations, dreams, and careers is very inspiring. From Buenos Aires to Madrid, our identity represents us in the way we speak, study, and have fun. I am so proud to be a Latina and member of SHPE in this campus knowing I have such a huge support group that has been with me all throughout Georgia Tech.” 

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Aimee Ogando with Ramblin' Wreck

Aimee Ogando

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A group of students with the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers

GT-SHPE

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.

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group of LOGRAS students in front of Christmas tree

LOGRAS

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.

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