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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.


Festival LatiNU 2008: “Mi Casa, Tu Casa”

September 24, 2008

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Active Alianza Members and supporters in solidarity with Alianza, please help us advertise Festival LatiNU by making this your profile picture on social networking sites, such as facebook and myspace.  Forward it to the appropriate people because this is going to be an amazing event – we cannot wait!  

Delicious Mexican, Peruvian and Puerto Rican food, talented performing arts groups and fun people to mingle with and meet.  Spread the word.

See you there!


Please contact Esperanza Salgado (Vice President) at for more information.

DiversiFYInu Student Concern

September 23, 2008

To whom it may concern:

       I am writing this e-mail in reference to the essential NU I just
 attended—Faces of American:DiversiFYInu. I wanted to address certain
 aspects of the presentation that I, and other students, found
 offensive. For starters, I was perturbed by the representation of the
 Mexican from East Los Angeles, who though was said to be educated, was
 portrayed as ignorant, ill mannered, and nescient. Many of my fellow
 Latinos agreed that the depiction failed in its attempts to reflect
 our positive attributes, and instead proved to be a pejorative
 experience. Yes, many of us come from financially unstable
 backgrounds, and yes, many of us are from areas where gang violence is
 prevalent, including myself; however, not all of us associate with
 such circumstances. Moreover even for the ones that do, we can still
 express ourselves eloquently and hold intellectually stimulating
 conversations, unlike the character being presented. This portrayal
 reflected much of the negative attention the media imposes on Latinos,
 and I thought it did little to remove those barriers and prejudices,
 especially when the woman portraying all these characters went so far
 as to say that though the characters were not necessarily representing
 one race, they gathered many character traits and personallities in
 order to attain the “general idea”. I’m sorry, but my “general idea”
 of a Latino does not include someone who disrespects his mother in
 such a provacative manner (believe me, in my culture, this is not a
 matter taken lightly), nor is he someone who is constantly saying
 “ese” or “homes”.
       As it is Latinos and other minority groups are bombarded with the
 misfortune of dealing with the stereotypes often associated with their
 ethnicity, especially in institutions of higher learning. Many of us
 end up giving up part of our culture for fear of not wanting to be
 stereotyped or placed in certain categories. Others are plainly
 resigned to accepting those stereotypes as a part of life. I believe
 that part of the reason Latinos have such a hard time in these
 institutions is because much of their energy is expended in trying to
 educate these communities—energy that we could instead be using
 towards our studies. Unfortunately, we aren’t as privaledged like the
 majority of the students in these schools, merely because the color of
 our skin, the texture of our hair, or the accents at the end of some
 of our words are different. And yes, I recognize that it necessary to
 help others understand where we come from and what makes us who we
 are—I am all for bringing people from diverse backgrounds together.
 However, I felt that this Essential NU did little to help such
       I think presentations addressing diversity are crucial; nonetheless,
 I feel there could be other ways to approach such issues in the
 future, perhaps a student panel composed of the student leaders
 heading the multicultural groups on campus, or even maybe a different
 presentation group. I just hope next year’s Essentail NU has students
 feeling a lot better than this one did.

 Thank you for your time.

 Tonantzin Carmona 


Please contact Tonantzin Carmona (Active Alianza Member, Class of 2012) at for more information.

Our First YouTube Video

August 31, 2008

This is our first YouTube video.  Along with our weblog, Alianza is expanding their publicity and technological horizons.  What are your thoughts?


Contact Aldo Gallardo (President) at for more information.

10 Things to Do to Make Your Freshman Experience Better

August 27, 2008

Hey, Class of 2012!

I’m sure you’re getting anxious to get on campus, especially since all of your friends are already in the classroom.  But no worries, keep enjoying your summer and having fun.  In the mean time, here are ten things to do to make your freshman experience even better.

1. College takes work.  Yes, all of us are at Northwestern because we’re overachievers.   High school came easy to us, but don’t expect college to be a breeze.   To some, it will be, but, coming from personal experience, be prepared to work hard.

2. By the same token, don’t stress out too much.  Have fun.  For every paper written, every research marathon at the library and every sleepless night, remember to enjoy yourself.  Life is short.  

3. Be open-minded.  Try new things, even if it’s outside of your comfort zone.  Meet new people.  NU has people from all around the world and from all facets of life, who are epistemologically diverse.

4. Participate in clubs and organizations.  You can continue with an activity from high school or try out something new.  Come to Alianza meetings and events.  Join a musical group, like a woodwind quintet or one of the many a capella ensembles.  Dance?  There’s Blast or Mezcla.  Really, there’s an endless list to choose from.  So go on and choose!

5. Don’t expect your mom’s comida.  The dining halls aren’t too bad, but it doesn’t compare to our sazón.  And don’t forget to buy Ramen – it’ll satisfy any midnight hunger.  But also buy healthy alternatives like apples, so you can avoid the dreaded Freshman Fifteen.

6. Be responsible.  You’re on your own now.  Clean your room – messy room = messy life.  If you’re going to drink, drink responsibly.  Don’t wait until your last pair of underwear to do laundry.  And of course, do the readings.

7. Don’t procrastinate too much.  A little facebook here and there is fine.  5:00am talks with friends are great.  Just remember your priorities.

8. If you have a roommate, be cooperative with her/him.  Keep an open dialogue about room dynamics and always be respectful of each other and each other’s belongings.

9. Become friends with a professor, preferably your academic advisor.  Having an adult figure during your college years will be valuable for guidance in your academic, professional and even personal life.

10. Call home.  La familia misses you.


Contact Aldo Gallardo (President) at for more information.