Los Amigos Spanish Club is a student run organization that provides students with a common interest in Spanish language and culture an opportunity to connect.
The club’s purpose is to enhance students’ understanding of Hispanic and Latin American cultures through different activities on and off campus.
The club started around 2014 when students became interested in participating in Latin events through Foreign Language Advising and Guidance for Students (FLAGS).
FLAGS includes advisors who work with faculty in the World Languages and Literatures department to provide important information to students regarding registration, quarterly classes, planning their major, transcript review, and other advising information.
“FLAGS was supposed to be just advising for students and that’s when Los Amigos Spanish Club came in and took over all those activities,” said President of Los Amigos Spanish Club, Gabriela Resendiz.
Bibiana Diaz has been the club’s advisor ever since the club started.
Diaz supports and guides the students in anything they need.
Throughout the school year, the club celebrates Hispanic culture by participating in different events including, “Day of the Dead,” “Día Latino, “Cinco de Mayo,” and more.
The club’s most recent event was, “Day of the Dead,” where they collaborated with Acto Latino in creating the community altar.
“I loved it. Everyone loved it, so I think that has been one of our biggest accomplishments of the quarter,” said student and Treasurer José Velasco.
Acto Latino is a theater group on campus which focuses on Hispanic/Latino language, culture, and literature through the presentation of Spanish-language plays.
As the club continues to collaborate with multiple organizations on campus, it has many other accomplishments to also be proud of.
“The accomplishments that we are most proud of includes getting different Hispanic cultures known in the community,” said Velasco.
Last year, the club participated in Dia Latino at Arroyo Verde Elementary School.
Dia Latino is an event hosted by different organizations on campus which celebrates the diversity of Latin countries.
The event is very informational as each organization provides detailed information about each country including the country’s president, flag, typical food/drinks, and traditions.
Los Amigos Spanish Club meets once every month and during the meetings, board members explain Hispanic traditions to their club members and discuss upcoming events.
Besides focusing on cultural traditions, the club also does social activities to interact with their members.
By joining the class, students can practice their Spanish language to improve it or learn it.
“Even if it’s not like a direct teaching approach, they’ll learn some words,” said Velasco.
Most of the board members are Spanish majors and are willing to help students learn.
There is a lot of ethnic diversity in the club, as some of their members are African American, Japanese, and more.
“We also have different types of Hispanic students too, not just Mexicans,” said Resendiz.
Resendiz said students don’t have to be a Spanish major to be part of the club since it is open to all majors.
“We have club members that don’t speak any Spanish and when they join us, they get to learn the language,” said student and Vice President, Isela Iñiguez.
Iniquez has been part of the club for a year and said students have the opportunity to learn about different celebrations.
Jessica Gonzalez has been a member of Los Amigos Spanish club for two quarters.
“I have improved my Spanish vocabulary a lot and learned more about my Hispanic culture,” said Gonzalez.
Gonzalez encourages other students to join the club because it’s a great way to make friends and to practice the Spanish language.
Velasco is a transfer student and also encourages students to join the club, specifically freshmen.
“I knew what clubs were open coming out to this campus and I waited til the last quarter of my junior year to join the club,” said Velasco.
Velasco is currently a senior and said he has became very well accommodated with the club.
The club has expanded over the years since they have been having more meetings than when they recently started.
“Hopefully we can accomplish more goals such as reaching out to more people in the community and bringing more students into the club for them to learn about Hispanic culture and traditions,” said Velasco.
As for upcoming events, the club is planning a movie night, a “posada”/ potluck for December and events for Winter quarter are still in the works.