Programs and Student Groups

Association of Latin American Students

La Casa (Special Interest Housing)

Latino Peer Leaders Program

(MAPS) Tufts Minority Association of Pre-Health Students

SOLES (Tufts Society of Latino Engineers and Scientists)

United For Immigrant Justice

Association of Latin American Students

The Association of Latin American Students (ALAS), formerly knows as the Hispanic American Society,  is a student-run organization that founded in the spring of 1989.   Our missing is to bring together students that are part of, or interested in, the Latino community at Tufts. ALAS's primary goal is to meet the needs of the Latino student population at Tufts as well as providing an arena for intellectual discourse on issues facing the Latino community at large. The group meets Wednesdays at 10 pm at the Latino Center. 

For additional questions, please contact Joanna Dimas, the organization's president.

Meetings: Wednesdays at 10 p.m. in the Latino Center

ALAS members 2016-2017

Executive Board 2016-2017

President: Joanna Dimas '17
Vice President: Angelina Zurzolo '18
Treasurer: Arnold Castaneda '19
Secretary: Gerson Rubio Salmeron '19
Historian: Jennifer Solano '19
Public Relations Chair: Erick Orozco '19
Public Relations Chair: Jesse Cermeño '19
First Year Representative: Belen Farias '20
First Year Representative: Gabriel DePinho '20

See Photos in Our Gallery from the 2011 ALAS Culture Show

La Casa (Special Interest Housing)

La Casa Latina (Latinx Culture House) is one of the Special Interest Housing Options available for students interested in the Latinx communities and cultures.  Our mission to provide all Tufts students a housing environment dedicated to the safe immersion of Latinx cultures and exposure to issues pertinent to the Latinx communities.  This is done through events and programming sponsored by La Casa Latina residents in conjunction with the Latino Center and its Director, who serves as the House Advisor.  La Casa Latina offers 6 singles (for Rising Juniors and Seniors only) and 2 doubles (for Rising Sophomores and Juniors).  Students who are interested in the La Casa Latina’s Mission are strongly encouraged to apply.  Applications for living in La Casa Latina are released every January, and they are reviewed by the Latino Center Director and the House Manager.

Learn More About La Casa

Meet La Casa Residents! (2017-2018)

Arnold CastanedaArnold Castaneda, House Manager

Hey y’all!  My name is Arnold, and I am a proud Mixed chismoso from Boston, Massachusetts, double majoring in Biology and Biotechnology Engineering!  My mother is from the Philippines while my father is from Guatemala, and I have two older brothers.  Growing up, I was never exposed to my Latino identity; thus, I lived my life while going through an identity crisis #MixedKidProblems.  However, thanks to the Latinx community and the Latino Center, I was finally able to discover and explore my heritage and meet my closest friends. I could not be more grateful!  I am involved in BLAST, ALAS, AMPT, and SOLES.  Also, I am proud to serve as this year’s La Casa House Dictat- I mean Manager, haha!  Furthermore, I am quite known for being “SO EXTRA”, especially sassy and dramatic (fair warning!) ;). Finally, I love cooking and eating food while marathoning TV shows (I LOVE Steven Universe), so if you need a fellow foodie, HIT ME UP!!  You can find me at La Casa, and my door is always open, ESPECIALLY if you got the latest campus gossip!

Joel Alvez

Joel Alves

Olá! My name is Joel and I am a junior at Tufts studying public health. I am part of Tufts’ S-Factor, which is an all male Acappella group that sings music of the African diaspora. I am a Tisch scholar and a BLAST scholar at Tufts. I am also part of the Cape Verdean Student Association and the Association of Latin American Students. I love singing to my favorite R&B songs and dancing Bachata! I’m also a big fan of traveling the world and being immersed in different cultures.

 

Christopher Camacho

Christopher Camacho

Hey there! My name is Christopher Camacho and I am from Santa Ana, California.  I recently declared as a computer engineering major, with special interest in cyber security and policy. I am involved in the following organizations on campus: Society of Latino Engineers and Scientists, La Salsa Performance Team, Association of Latin American Students, United for Immigrant Justice, and the Student-Teacher Outreach Mentorship Program (STOMP).   In my free time I enjoy playing soccer and playing some FIFA with friends. I love rap and hip-hop, but I also love blasting some banda music and singing along!

Ashley CastroAshley Castro

Hi everyone! My name is Ashley and I'm a junior majoring in biopsychology. I'm from Salt Lake City, Utah but was born and raised in Southern California. Exploring the Latino community at Tufts has not only helped me meet great people, but has made Tufts feel so much more like home. That's why I'm so glad I have the chance to live in La Casa this year and continue exploring and learning about my Latinidad. When I'm not catching up on work I love to listen to music, sing, read, watch movies (especially about time travel), study architecture and interior design, and mentor kids. I'm a bit of an introvert, but I am a great listener if you've ever got something on your mind. You can find me at La Casa.

Raul GomezRaul Gomez

I was raised in Santa Ana, California by my Mexican parents. I witnessed the sacrifices and lack of opportunities my parents had to endure in search of a better future. As a result, I am determined to fulfill my passions and aspirations, so the sacrifices my parents had to endure are not a waste. During high school, I competed at the Varsity level for Cross Country and Track & Field, and participated in clubs and partook in activities outside of school. Among these activities were volunteering for St Joseph Hospital, which allowed me to be part of the hospital environment and help those in need. I am a first-generation college student and am interested in Community Health. At Tufts, I am involved in MAPS, ALAS, Timmy Global Health, and UIJ. I am planning to attend graduate school in order to get my MPH, and also plan to go back to Orange County. I want to give back to my community because I am bilingual and can also be a role model for children who aspire to be healthcare workers in Santa Ana. I want to reach out and provide people access to health regardless of socioeconomic status. I am optimistic about my future at Tufts, and hope that I will be exposed to many new ideas and perspectives that will challenge me but guide me on the path to success.

Gonzalo Miranda

Gonzalo Miranda

Hello! I’m Gonzalo Miranda, Gonz, Gonzalot, whatever you want. I’m gonna be the La Casa stair goblin this year, first floor room; tbh got more Harry Potter vibes going than goblin. I’m L.A. born and raised in El Paso TX. I’m majoring in biomedical engineering; Will cook 4 luv. Always down to study together and even if you don’t study and you’re the pinnacle of student achievement we can still hang out; I pick up hobbies like Monaco raises tuition so chances are we’ll have something in common to go with; video games, comics, camping, and baking. Sincerely, your new dad friend you might not have asked for, Gonzalo Miranda.

Jesse NajarroJesse Najarro

Hey y'all! My name is Jesse Osmar Najarro Cermeño. I'm a junior majoring in French and Community Health with a minor in Political Science (Comparative Politics) and Latino Studies. I have a wide range of interests from languages and cultures to health and politics. I was born and raised in the one and only Boston, MA. My parents are from Guatemala and El Salvador, and I'm very proud of my heritage. I love traveling, playing soccer, spending time with friends, and watching movies. I like to think of myself as a social introvert and definitely like to get to know people one on one. I'll be living in La Casa this year so feel free to stop by and chat!

Khalil Payton

Hello, my name is Khalil Payton. I am a Junior from Dallas, Texas majoring in Mechanical Engineering and minoring in Engineering Management. I enjoy cooking and gaming so Im usually hanging in the kitchen when I'm not doing school work. I'm happy to be staying at Milne House this year and am looking forward to the coming semester.

Justin ReyesJustin Reyes
My name is Justin Reyes. I was born in Chicago, IL, and I grew up in the Humboldt park neighborhood. Every summer, I would go to San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico to visit family and friends. I am a sophomore, majoring in Mechanical Engineering. I am really looking into Manufacture Engineering because I had an internship this summer, and it got me really interested in the field. Back home, you could always catch me fixing cars with my dad or going to the junkyard with him. I am the youngest of my two brothers. I like to go to the gym, mess around with robotics, and play pool. I am currently the vice-president of the Society of Latino Engineers and Scientist(SOLES). I love going to the conferences that SOLES provide because I am able to build a network with other students around the States. I am grateful for the opportunity to live in La Casa so that I could live in a place with people who understand me and come from similar backgrounds as me. 

Jennifer Solano

Jennifer Solano

Hi friends! Please refer to me as JSo as it reminds me of my peak in high school. I’m a junior double majoring in Community Health and Sociology. Originally from Newark, NJ, I went to St. Timothy’s School in Maryland for high school & now here I am! Always down to watch a movie, eat, bake, or do face masks! Catch me at La Casa!

Latino Peer Leaders Program

The Latino Peer Leaders Program (LPLs) was created in 1994 to provide support and offer advice to first-year students.  Since then between 10-12 current Tufts students are selected by the Latino Center (LC) to serve as LPLs.  Their primary task is help new students acclimate to campus life.  Employing a peer mentor model, the LPLs provide guidance and encouragement to new students as well as facilitate connections to on-campus services and opportunities.  They also assist in the planning and implementation of key programs that target new students.  In their work, LPLS serve as community leaders, role models, and ambassadors of the LC to the broader Tufts community.

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In photo (from top left, left to right): Jesse Najarro- Cermeno ’19, Belén Farias ’20, Angelina Zurzolo ’18, Anna F. Rodriguez ’18, Kelsey Narvaez ’20, Raul Gomez ’20, Arnold Castaneda ’19, Jesus Ramirez ’20, Gladys Argueta Xiloj ’18, Angelie Heredia ’20, Alejandra Corbella ’20, Daniela Sanchez ’20.
Not in Picture:  Lupita Estela ’18, Ana Manriquez ‘18

Meet Our 2017-18 Peer Leaders

2017 - 18 Peer Leaders Bios

Gladys Argueta XilojGladys Argueta Xiloj

Hi everyone!! I’m a Junior majoring in Biomedical Engineering (Go womxn engineers!!). I was born and grew up in East Los Angeles and my family is from Guatemala. I have two younger brothers and I am the first in my family to attend college. I have loved my time at Tufts so far, especially by being involved with the Latino Community. I am currently interning at the Latino Center and I am also part of LaFe, ALAS, and I am a Spanish TA.  I am also a Questie and a Gates Scholar.  I am known for my sassy jokes and comments but they are all out of love, I promise. Ask anyone!  Aside from always doing homework, I enjoy going on runs, watching Netflix (I LOVE Law and Order: SVU) and listening to music.

Arnold CastanedaArnold Castaneda 

Hey y’all!  My name is Arnold, and I am a proud Mixed chismoso from Boston, Massachusetts, double majoring in Biology and Biotechnology Engineering!  My mother is from the Philippines while my father is from Guatemala, and I have two older brothers.  Growing up, I was never exposed to my Latino identity; thus, I lived my life while going through an identity crisis #MixedKidProblems.  However, thanks to the Latinx community and the Latino Center, I was finally able to discover and explore my heritage and meet my closest friends. I could not be more grateful!  I am involved in BLAST, ALAS, AMPT, and SOLES.  Also, I am proud to serve as this year’s La Casa House Dictat- I mean Manager, haha!  Furthermore, I am quite known for being “SO EXTRA”, especially sassy and dramatic (fair warning!) ;). Finally, I love cooking and eating food while marathoning TV shows (I LOVE Steven Universe), so if you need a fellow foodie, HIT ME UP!!  You can find me at La Casa, and my door is always open, ESPECIALLY if you got the latest campus gossip!

Alejandra CorbellaAlejandra Corbella 

I was born and raised in Mexico and moved to the Rio Grande Valley in Texas at age 14. I am an Education and American studies major and many of my passions include immigrant rights, intersectional activism and Selena Quintanilla. On campus I work for admissions and I am part of United for immigrant Justice, Tufts Labor Coalition and Burlesque. If I am not at the Latino Center, I am probably hanging out with friends in Boston or eating tacos in East Boston.

Lupita EstelaLupita Estela

Hi! My name is Lupita. I’m a senior pursuing a clinical psychology major and a child development and Latino studies minor. I’m from the northern suburbs of Chicago so therefore I say “mom” and “Saturday” kinda funny. I’m the middle child sandwiched in between two brothers and the proud mom/grandmother of three dogs. I watch too much TV, I tweet too often, I have the most basic taste in music you can imagine, and I spend an embarrassing amount of time curating my Instagram profile. At Tufts I have been a part of the Association of Latin American Students and The Monologues, but now I mostly focus my energy towards United for Immigrant Justice. Although this is my first year as a Latino Peer Leader, I am so excited to help the first-years have the most comfortable transition into Tufts possible and to see our Latinx community grow!

Belen FariasBelen Farias

I am a rising sophomore from Miami, Fl. I was born in Chile but have lived in Miami and Toronto as well. I am undecided about my major but interested in computer science and psychology. I am part of the BLAST program, as well as member of Association of Latin American Students(ALAS), United For Immigrant Justice (UIJ), and CORES Community Refugees. I like to mostly spend time with friends and meet new people. I hope to enjoy my next few years at Tufts and move to California after graduation.

Raul GomezRaul Gomez

I was raised in Santa Ana, California by my Mexican parents. I witnessed the sacrifices and lack of opportunities my parents had to endure in search of a better future. As a result, I am determined to fulfill my passions and aspirations, so the sacrifices my parents had to endure are not a waste. During high school, I competed at the Varsity level for Cross Country and Track & Field, and participated in clubs and partook in activities outside of school. Among these activities were volunteering for St Joseph Hospital, which allowed me to be part of the hospital environment and help those in need. I am a first-generation college student and am interested in Community Health. At Tufts, I am involved in MAPS, ALAS, Timmy Global Health, and UIJ. I am planning to attend graduate school in order to get my MPH, and also plan to go back to Orange County. I want to give back to my community because I am bilingual and can also be a role model for children who aspire to be healthcare workers in Santa Ana. I want to reach out and provide people access to health regardless of socioeconomic status. I am optimistic about my future at Tufts, and hope that I will be exposed to many new ideas and perspectives that will challenge me but guide me on the path to success.

Angelie HerediaAngelie Heredia

Hey! My name is Angelie Heredia and I am a sophomore in the School of Arts and Sciences. I was born in Santo Domingo, República Dominicana, but my family and I have lived in Lawrence, MA since I was 7 years old. To tell you a little bit more about myself, my favorite hobby is dancing, I don't have any form of social media, and I have yet to pick a major. I chose to become a Latino Peer Leader because the Latino Center was an environment I found comfort in during my freshman year, and I look forward to making it a home for incoming students. Welcome Latino class of 2021! I am very excited to meet you all. 

Ana Manriquez

Ana Manriquez

My name is Ana Manriquez and I am from Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico, but I grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I am a rising senior at Tufts double majoring in Community Health and International Relations with a minor in Latino Studies. As a first-generation student, I am a part of the BLAST program at Tufts-an instrumental part of my undergrad career that’s aided me in overcoming many struggles commonly faced by low-income, minority students. Additionally, my involvement in community based research and campus organizations like United for Immigrant Justice have also marked my time at Tufts. Those experiences, paired with my life circumstances, such as growing up without health insurance and being a first-generation immigrant myself, have all sparked my interest in the health fields—specifically, global health.

From France, to South Africa, to Chile, throughout the last three years I’ve had various opportunities to study abroad and see the world. I am always happy to share experiences and tips with other students who, like me, are passionate about travel and world affairs. I’m very excited to be an LPL this year! It was a great experience for me my sophomore year and after a year abroad in Spain I am ready to get back to the communities which hold a very special place in my heart. The Latino community specifically has been a pivotal source of support for me during my time at Tufts. I hope to be able to give back and spread the same love that has been offered to me countless times.

Jesse NajarroJesse Najarro

Hey y'all! My name is Jesse Osmar Najarro Cermeño. I'm a junior majoring in French and Community Health with a minor in Political Science (Comparative Politics) and Latino Studies. I have a wide range of interests from languages and cultures to health and politics. I was born and raised in the one and only Boston, MA. My parents are from Guatemala and El Salvador, and I'm very proud of my heritage. I love traveling, playing soccer, spending time with friends, and watching movies. I like to think of myself as a social introvert and definitely like to get to know people one on one. I'll be living in La Casa this year so feel free to stop by and chat! 

Kelsey NarvaezKelsey Narvaez

I am a second year student from Miramar, Florida who takes pride in her Jamaican-Nicaraguan background. I intends on studying international relations with a focus on Latin America. I am passionate about education and social justice. In my free time I likes to dance, read and watch The Bachelor/The Bachelorette with my roommate. At Tufts I am involved with Intervarsity Christian fellowship, the Association for Latin American Students, Model United Nations and am also a Tisch Scholar.

Jesus RamirezJesus Ramirez

Born and raised in the Valley of the Sun, I am a rising sophomore hoping to major in Economics and minor in Studio Art here at Tufts. I like to play sports (Soccer!), watch Rafa Nadal, take lots of pictures, go thrift shopping, travel (I hate long flights though), and eat (a lot)! Overall, proud of my Latinx and Mexican heritage and look forward to this upcoming year!

 

Anna RodriguezAnna Rodriguez

I am a rising senior from Boston, MA double majoring in Community Health and Education. I am the intern for the Office of Student Success and Advising (OSSA) at Tufts,  a BLAST scholar (Cohort 3), and I first served as a latino peer leader for the class of 2019. At Tufts, I am a part of the Association of Latin American Students (ALAS), a member of ENVY, the all-female step team, and an Hermana of the Multicultural Greek Sorority, Latinas Promoviendo Comunidad, Lambda Pi Chi Sorority Inc. During the academic school year, I am excited to be an LPL for the second time, and I will also serve as a mentor for the Africana Center’s Your Second-Year Program (YSY), a mentoring program for sophomores. For fun, I love to cook, eat the food I cook, and then do it all over again. I love street art/graffiti, and aspire to one day be able to tag an entire wall myself! I am not only excited to be part of the LPL team for my second time, but I am especially excited to meet you! Lastly, I hope to get to know you individually, and to build a supportive and lasting relationship that you can depend on throughout your time at Tufts.

Daniela SanchezDaniela Sanchez

I am a sophomore at Tufts from Albuquerque, New Mexico. I am a member of the 1+4 cohort and spent my bridge year in Madrid, Spain. I am thinking of majoring in Spanish!
 

 

 

 

Angelina ZurzoloAngelina Zurzolo

Hello! My name is Angelina Zurzolo and I’m a senior from Atlanta, GA majoring in Clinical Psychology. I’m mixed and have been involved in several cultural organizations on campus including ALAS, SOLES, and AMPT as part of the exploration of my own identity. I like picking up new hobbies and enjoy writing, painting, running, cooking, and yoga, among others. I’m an anxious person and so I remember how strange it was for me as a freshman to accustom myself to campus; so whether you’re struggling, or chilling, my door is always open.   

Past Peer Leaders

2016 - 17 Peer Leaders

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In photo (from top left, left to right): Vitoria Fonseca '19, Erika Marmol '17, Ariel Luque '17, Christin Mujica '17, Jennifer Solano '19, Hernan Gallegos '19, Jesus Hernandez '19, Jerson Familia '18, Erick Orozco '19, Lucia Francese '19, (Front) Guadalupe Garcia '19, Hillary Rodriguez '19, Jessica Morales '17.

2015 - 16 Peer Leaders

In photo (from top left, left to right): Kianna Medina '18, Melissa Baptista '18, Ana Karen Manriquez Prado '18, Janet Nieto '18, Daniel Vargas '16, Jerson Familia '18, Anna Hernandez '18, Xavier Suarez '18, Xiomara Garcia '16, Mateo Galeano '18, Anna Rodriguez '18, Gladys Argueta Xiloj '18.

2014 - 15 Peer Leaders

In photo: (from left to right) Dulce Delgado, 2015; Sandro Renteria-Garcia, 2015; Rafael Roman-Mendoza, 2017; Alejandra Garcia, 2017; Yirat Nieves, 2015; Evelyn Ocampo, 2017; Jose Lopez, 2017; Katerín Fernández, 2015; Joanna Dimas, 2017; Veronica Rosario, 2015; Yareliz Diaz, 2015; Adam Arias, 2015.

2013 - 14 Peer Leaders

In photo: (Top left, from left to right) Soerny Cruz, 2016; Jovi Rodriguez, 2015; Sarah Diaz, 2014; (Next row) Eimy Bonilla, 2015; Cerel Muñoz, 2016; Astrid Funtes, 2014; Sylvia Montijo, 2016; (Next row) Kendra Baldazo, 2014; (Next row) Liz Palma, 2016; Gilbert Placeres, 2016; Joscelyn Garcia, 2016; Daniela Torres, 2016. Not Pictured: Alex Ocampo, 2014; Carolina Villalba, 2016.

2012 - 13 Peer Leaders

In photo: (Top left, from left to right) Guillermo G. Cortez, 2014; Yareliz Diaz, 2015; Gabriel Lara, 2015; Sandro Renteria-Garcia, 2015; Leiny Garcia, 2014; Alex Ocampo, 2014; Celina Garza, 2013; Marcy S. Regalado, 2015; Maria F. Murillo, 2015; Maya A. Taft-Morales, 2015; Yirat Nieves, 2015; Lesly V. Ruelas, 2015; Genesis Garcia, 2015; Not Pictured: Eddy Santana, Jr.

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(MAPS) Tufts Minority Association of Pre-Health Students

Tufts Minority Association of Pre-Health Students (MAPS) serves to guide minority, first-generation, and low-income students through their pre-health career journeys and provide opportunities to learn more about health and medical fields. Aside from promoting mentorship and community service, Tufts MAPS has hosted and supported many on-campus and off-campus events, including annual medical conferences, medical school visits, a biannual Spring symposium, shadowing opportunities, and visits to Public Health and other Health Professional Schools.  We meet Sundays (12-1pm) at Mayes Campus Center 012.  For more information contact: tuftsmaps@gmail.com

SOLES (Tufts Society of Latino Engineers and Scientists)

Tufts SOLES is an organization affiliated with MAES (Mexican American Engineering Students), which is a national society that supports minorities majoring in STEM fields. While started by a group of Mexican American students at Tufts, SOLES is open to all students. We meet Tuesdays at 10 p.m. at the Latino Center. 

United For Immigrant Justice

United For Immigrant Justice is a student group founded in 2014. We believe that no human being is illegal. We aim to address the inequities and obstacles faced by undocumented immigrants to develop a sustainable grassroots movement led by both undocumented and allies. These principles orient our demands for justice and equality for all humans irrespective of immigration status, gender, sexuality, economic status, race or other forms of oppression. We believe that this struggle is crucial and immigration reform needs to happen now in order to relieve the millions of people impacted by the necessary comprehensive immigration reform. We plan to educate and take action in order to inspire people to be part of the movement for immigrant justice.  Meetings are Tuesday at 9 p.m. in Eaton 203. All are welcome. Contact us at tuftsuij@gmail.com.

 

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