Scholarship recipient Emily Guerra poses for a group photo with her parents and instructors. Photo by Daniel Hargrove/Echo Co-Editor.
Scholarship recipient Emily Guera tells a lighthearted joke during her speech. Photo by Daniel Hargrove/Echo Co-Editor.
Dr. Marco Polo Hernandez-Cuevas gives closing remarks at the event. Photo by Daniel Hargrove/Echo Co-Editor.
Aguilas Afrolatino organization founder and President Keyanna Gotay speaks at the event. Photo by Daniel Hargrove/Echo Co-Editor.
The speakers and attendees of the event listen to Emily Guerra's recipient's speech. Photo by Daniel Hargrove/Echo Co-Editor.
Alessandra Torres speaks at the event. Photo by Daniel Hargrove/Echo Co-Editor.
Lambda Pi Chi provisional chapter President member Karen Villanueva-Sierra gives the opening speech for the meet and great. Photo by Daniel Hargrove/Echo Co-Editor.
Mexican Consul General Remedios Gomez and NCCU professor Emily Guzman speak before the start of the event. Photo by Daniel Hargrove/Echo Co-Editor.
Department of diversity and inclusion director Emily Guzman gives a presentation on NCCU's Latino organizations, clubs and sorority. Photo by Daniel Hargrove/Echo Co-Editor.
Mexican Consul General Remedios Gomez Amau gives a congratulatory speech at the event. Photo by Daniel Hargrove/Echo Co-Editor.

Mexican consulate awards $10K scholarship to NCCU student

September 27, 2017

The Mexican Consulate held a joint meet and greet and celebration for the consulate’s first North Carolina Central University scholarship winner on Monday in the Alfonso Elder Student Union.

Senior athletic training major Emily Guerra received a $10 thousand scholarship, which is awarded annually to college students of Mexican descent.

In the past year, the Department of Diversity and Inclusion, along with multiple student organizations, has worked on several events promoting diversity on campus. They were instrumental in putting this event together.

Counsel General Remedios Gomez Amau was pleased to visit campus for the first time and praised the department’s collaboration with students.

“I am very pleased to see you have Afro-Latino initiatives. I think it’s very important that we all come together because we are all diverse,” Amau said.

Amau described the consulate’s role as “(helping to) build bridges between the hosting society, which in this case is North Carolina and South Carolina, and to build bridges with Mexico and Mexican communities here.”

“These collaborations have been wonderful, exciting and new to campus,” said Department of Diversity and Inclusion director Emily Guzman.

Guzman, who just completed her first year as department director, told the audience about the initiatives, past events, upcoming events and the different students organizations on campus. She highlighted four in particular: Raíces, for those who identify as Hispanic or Latino, Águilas Afro-Latino, Lambda Pi Chi Sorority, Incorporated and the Asian student organization created in April of this year.

In the past year, the department implemented a “mobile panel” that goes out to different Spanish-speaking classes within the community. Guzman explained that the program gives the class a full experience of the diverse Latino culture.

“We have more members (in Águilas) this year. Emily Guerra is a part of our executive board and I am excited to be here for her,” said Águilas Afro-Latino president Keyanna Gotay.

During her recipient speech, Guerra, a vibrant young woman who also has a minor in public health, said she was starting to get emotional because of the incredible opportunity the scholarship has given her. She said that she is also the first in her family to graduate from college.

“I want to impact the Latino community, the African-American community, the Muslim and Asian communities,” Guerra explained. “I don’t want to just impact one community because we are all diverse.”

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