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October 13, 2008
1. How many members do you have this year, and in what year was your organization founded?
We have multiple members.  If you gage from our listserv, the number is in the thousands.  If you gage from this year’s Festival LatiNU (10/03/08), it’s 600+.  This quarter, we have about 150 active members, ranging all class generations.  Please check out the constitution on our weblog to see who we consider a “member.”

2. What are your goals as a cultural organization at Northwestern?
The purpose of Alianza, the largest Hispanic/Latino student organization at Northwestern University, is to unite and support its members to work towards the advancement of an empowered, productive, Hispanic/Latino presence at this institution. Alianza is a cultural, educational, and social programming body, which also serves as a vehicle for activism.  And for this year’s goals, read:

3. Do you have events coming up in the near future, and are they annual?
Check out the media.  Yes to all the questions.  Many of our SAFB funded events are successful perennial events. 

4. How do you interact/work together with other organizations on campus?
Again:  But the keywords are: co-sponsorships, communication, respect, multiculturalism and pluralism, to name a few.

5. What are some of the challenges Alianza has had to face in the past, and how did you overcome them?
A sign of a stable and strong organization is one that can endure change.  That being said, Alianza has experienced Executive Board resignations, faced ASG de-recognition, advisor career changes, multiple attacks by individuals, groups, organizations and institutions and, really, just about everything under the hot sun.  But we make the sweetest lemonade with the rotten lemons that come our way. 

6. What dynamic does your club bring to the university, and what makes it unique?
Alianza is the voice of all of the Hispanic/Latino people, allies interested in Hispanic/Latino culture, and of other Latino-related organizations on campus.
In terms of integration and engagement in large institutional bodies, Alianza has been a part of the ASG Academic Committee for at least the past four years and through this committee our Senator has strived to push towards the development of a Latina/o Studies Program.  In the recent past, we were able to pass a bill through Senate that was titled “LSP AHORA.”  Alianza’s efforts helped encourage the university to extend three offers to faculty that will teach Latino Studies Courses.  Ultimately two professors were hired in the African American Studies and Anthropology Departments.  Efforts are currently being made to realize the Latino Studies Program this upcoming academic school year and to hire a program director.  Our ASG Senator has also worked towards increasing minority enrollment at Northwestern.  In addition to this, our Senator would make sure that the needs and concerns of the Hispanic/Latino community are taken into consideration when passing bills through Senate, and shall advocate for other multicultural groups with similar missions.  Essentially, our Senator represents the voice of the Hipanic/Latino community, and thus brings diversity to Senate.
From a more humanistic approach, Alianza serves as a home-away-from-home for many of our members.  For our non-Latin@ members (without discussing the inappropriateness of racial/ethnic labels) in strong solidarity with our community, we serve as an educational body. Like our mission statement reads, we also serve as vehicle for activism.  Our past mobilization for various causes include, but are not limited to: immigrant rights marches, Latina/o Studies Program student initiative, speaking out on issues like the omission of Latin restaurants in the 2008 Northwestern University Parent Guide, coalition building with Evanston, Chicagoland colleges and universities and a multitude of student groups on campus, just to name a few.  With an outstanding football season, our organization strives to create unity among the Latina/o community, the multicultural community and the entire Northwestern campus.
We are you, you are us.
Please contact Aldo Gallardo (President) at for more information.

Latin@ State of the Union Address

September 30, 2008


I assumed the position of President last spring, but have been with Alianza since September 2005.  I ran on a platform of creating a familial atmosphere for everyone and uniting la communidad.  Like Spiderman, “with great power, comes great responsibility.”  Since I got off the plane at the O’Hare Airport, I have had to double-dutch back into the thick of things – it has been a beyond busy two weeks.  But I love it.

I want to remind everyone that my Executive Board, Christian Yañez and I are here to serve you.  Like I’ve been telling several listening ears – and trust me, the podium is set and the microphone is on – I want to hear your concerns, constructive criticisms and praise.  Let this be the year that we unite not only our Latin@ community, but the entire multicultural community and the greater Northwestern University campus.  With a 5-0 current standing in football, why aren’t we uniting and rejoicing life, hand-in-hand?  If I, personally, cannot reap the benefits of our altruism, then the future incoming classes will.

Moreover, I understand that I’m a character for some.  One of my personal projects is maintaining proper swagger and decorum.  I, too, am a work in progress.  We all have erasers on our pencils and we all make mistakes, it’s how we recover from them and ameliorate the situation is what counts.  My actions will speak louder than my words, as you soon will find out.

Alianza has a new administration, and with this positive change, we are eager to work for you.  Our fall quarter will showcase our wonderful culture[s] during Hispanic Heritage Celebration (spanning the entire quarter).  The next two quarters, we will be strengthening our multicultural community and, thus, the Northwestern campus.  We have many co-sponsorships in the works with various student groups: greek organizations, A&O, Organización Latina de Evanston, Hillel, professional groups, PASA, NU Engagement Coalition, Kaibigan, Rainbow Alliance, journalism publications, the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, political organizations, Asian/Asian American Student Affairs, LANU, religious bodies, FMO, College Feminists, volunteer coalitions, all of the Latina/o undergraduate student groups and many more.

As a reminder, we welcome everyone, Latin@ and non-Latin@ alike, with open arms.  This 2008-2009 academic school year, we – Latin@s, hispanos, latin people, mi gente, humanity – have arrived.  Indeed, we have.  Pa’ delante, siempre.

We hope to see you at Festival LatiNU: “Mi Casa, Tu Casa,” our kickoff event symbolic of how we do things around here.  It’s this Friday, 10/3, 6:00PM sharp, Louis Room (Norris), 1999 Campus Drive, Evanston.  Ya tú sabe’.

In strong solidarity,
Aldo Mauricio Gallardo



Please contact Aldo Gallardo (President) at for more information.

Taco Gate 2008

September 29, 2008


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Please contact Aldo Gallardo (President) at for more information.

Congratulations, ¡Ahora! Magazine

September 12, 2008

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We are very proud of the editors-in-chiefs, staff and supporters of ¡Ahora! Magazine, Northwestern’s first and only Latina/o publication.  Don’t forget to pick up a copy from the MCC.


Please contact Aldo Gallardo (President) at or Susan Staine (¡Ahora! Magazine Representative) at for more information.

Mark Your Calendars!

September 10, 2008

The moment you’ve been waiting for is here: the Alianza Hispanic Heritage Month calendar is ready!  Pencil us in your planner, PDA, iCal and memories, for this is going to be the most exciting, jam-packed quarter of your life.  We hope to see you at all of our events, and we encourage you to attend the events of the other Latina/o student groups.  Hispanic Heritage Month is right around the corner, are you ready?


September 19th (Fri) – Hispanic/Latino Student Experience, Wildcat Room & Big Ten Room (Norris), 5:30pm-6:30pm (co-sponsored with H/LSA and New Student Week)

September 22th (Mon) – ASG Activities Fair, Norris, 1pm-4pm

October 3rd (Fri) – Festival LatiNU: “Mi Casa, Tu Casa,” Louis Room (Norris), 6:00pm, (co-sponsored with H/LSA), *SAFB Funded*

October 9th (Thurs) – Latina/o Studies Panel, Northwestern Room (Norris), 6:30pm, (co-sponsored with the LSP Student Planning Committee & the ASG Academic Committee)

October 17th (Fri) – Fuego: The First Annual Latina/o Bonfire, Lake Fill Fire Pit, 8pm-11pm, (co-sponsored with all of the Latina/o undergraduate groups: ¡Ahora! Magazine, CLAVE, H/LSA, LTA, ¡LSP AHORA!, Mezcla, ODPhi, SHPE & SLG)

October 26th (Sun) – “Rock the Vote!,” MCC, 7pm-9pm, (co-sponsored with College Democrats, College Republicans, Northwestern University for McCain, Northwestern University Students for Barack Obama, NU Decides)

October 30th (Thurs) – Mezcla Open Mic, The Gathering Place (In back of the Norris Food Court), 7pm-9pm, (co-sponsored with Mezcla)

November 2nd (Sun) – Día de los Muertos, Alter at the MCC/Lecture at Sheil, (co-sponsored with H/LSA, LaFe & Sheil)

November 16th (Sun) – Alianza High School Day, 3:00pm-5:00pm, MCC, (co-sponsored with Organización Latina de Evanston [OLE])

November 22nd (Sat) – The First Annual Latina/o Tailgate: Northwestern [Latinas/os] vs Illinois, co-sponsored by Asian/Asian American Student Affairs, TBA


Please contact Aldo Gallardo (President) at for more information.