Latinx @ UVA

Latinx @ UVA

The Afro-Latinx Student Organization (ALSO) aims to advocate and educate on issues facing Afro-Latinx students at the University of Virginia. ALSO wishes to be an avid ally for not only our Afro-Latinx students but for all students on Grounds.

The Batten Latinx Network (BLN) is a student organization at the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. The organization focuses on the recruitment of Hispanic/Latinx undergraduate and graduate students, holds professional development events such as career chats and conferences, and also communicates with Batten alumni. BLN's main goals hope to address the Batten School's Diversity Plan.

The Bolivar Network strives to form a strong and lasting Latino/Hispanic alumni base, establish family, promote community development and achievements, insure a professional network, provide student scholarships, and serve to reconnect alumni to the University and its memories.

Central Americans for Empowerment at UVA is the first East Coast chapter of Central Americans for Empowerment and the first chapter to be outside of California. The organization aims to serve as the representative body for Central Americans at UVA and empower student voices through collective and direct action, cultural exchanges, and political and social education.

DREAMers on Grounds strives to create a more inclusive environment and an overall safe space undocumented students. In order to obtain this desired environment, DREAMers on Grounds works to foster understanding in the UVa and Greater Charlottesville community about the unique issues and challenges undocumented students face.

DREAMers is also committed to having strong ties with administrations, most importantly Student Financial Services, in order to provide students with the necessary resources to make their experience a successful one. DREAMers on Grounds is a part of the Virginia Intercollegiate Immigrant Alliance, a coalition of university organization with similar purposes.

Over the years, Fuego has invited students of all backgrounds and dance skills to join the team. The organization prides itself on not just focusing on one specific style of dance, but rather celebrating and teaching many different dance forms, including partner dances such as bachata and salsa, folkloric dances such as caporales and cumbia, reggaeton, and so much more. Fuego has collaborated with and performed with many other dance teams on Grounds, and has spent the last two years helping to teach local youth dance groups such as Charlottesville's own iDance ministry.

This mentoring program pairs new undergraduate students with returning second, third, and fourth-year mentors in order to create an experience that is both personal and enriching for each mentee. By creating small familias based on common interests, each mentee can benefit from a personalized relationship with their mentors and fellow peers, enriching their overall experience. The program also supports the development of mentors through the use of training, peer support and a network of faculty resources

La Unidad Latina Lambda Upsilon Fraternity, Incorporated strives to become the premier Latino Fraternity in the country. More specifically, they strive to become a nationally recognized Latino fraternal organization comprised of the best and brightest leaders committed to excellence in service and education.

Since its inception in 1982, La Unidad Latina has remained on the vanguard of political and community empowerment by developing influential leaders that strive to exert knowledge and power in its peers in order to attain mutual success. The organization commits itself to academic excellence, leadership development, and cultural enlightenment.

Lambda Theta Alpha Gamma Alpha Chapter strives for excellence at the University by developing a sisterhood that is based on the sorority’s principles of Unity, Love, and Respect. They have nourished a chapter that has provided countless social and cultural activities, as well as charitable and educational programs at the university and within the Charlottesville community.

The Latinx Leadership Institute is a 6-week, student-facilitated and cohort-based leadership development program for 30 1st and 2nd Year Hispanic/Latinx emerging leaders. Recruitment takes place in the fall, ahead of sessions which typically take place in the spring semester, culminating in a final presentation in which participants present their findings on a semester-long project tackling issues within the Hispanic/Latinx community.

The Latinx Student Alliance works as a network of support for the Hispanic/Latinx community, at the graduate and undergraduate level. The organization serves to advocate for and voice the concerns of Hispanic/Latinx students at the University of Virginia. The organization plans events and coordinates initiatives that support the cultural, social, political, or academic interests or development of the Hispanic/Latinx community, as well as promotes an inclusive, diverse, and equitable environment for Hispanic/Latinx students and all UVA students on Grounds. Above all, the Latinx Student Alliance actively seeks to encompass the Hispanic/Latinx community in its entirety and provide an array of opportunities for Latinxs at UVA to get engaged and connect with one another.

Omega Phi Beta was the first Hispanic/Latino Greek-lettered organization founded at the University of Virginia. Omega Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated (OPBSI) is a national sorority committed to the development of collegiate and professional women through sisterhood, diversity, leadership, service and academic excellence. OPBSI envisions a world without oppression, where empowered women celebrate the essence of womanhood and act as resources in the advancement of their communities.

PLUMAS strives to provide a safe space for community members to vocalize and discuss issues focusing Latinxs both on and off Grounds. PLUMAS works to foster civic engagement and awareness of social and political issues through education, advocacy, and direct action.

The University Salsa Club is a student-run contracted independent organization at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA. The club won "Most Fun CIO" of 2011-2012 and "Best CIO in the Arts" of 2012-2013.

The University Salsa Club is open to all University students, faculty, and staff interested in learning, dancing, and even performing a variety of dance styles including Salsa, Cha Cha, Merengue, and Bachata.

SLU is a student organization determined to uplift women and minority students in the rigorous academic setting our University has while also demonstrating sisterhood, unconditional support, service to the community, and cultural enrichment. Though Latina-based, Sigma Lambda Upsilon/Señoritas Latinas Unidas Sorority, Inc. is a non-discriminatory organization made up of women from all cultures, creed, disabilities, political beliefs, and sexual preferences.

In order to achieve its goals, SLU dedicates itself to bettering the community through its many literacy initiatives while also mentoring young women through the LADYS program. Furthermore, the Sorority yearly presents RAICES week and Señorita week during which they organize and facilitate a minimum of four events that focus on cultural enrichment, women's issues, community service, and scholarship. 

The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers at UVA is a chapter of a national organization of professional engineers who serve as role models in the Hispanic community. The University of Virginia chapter seeks to further this service by creating a community that Hispanic-inclusive, not exclusive. This chapter is small, however, it is comprised of highly dedicated and motivated students.

TBLA is a student organization that seeks the amelioration of Latin American society by engaging in a variety of on-grounds initiatives. These include: holding fundraisers for the underprivileged of the region, unifying the Latin American student body, and creating awareness of the contemporary challenges that the region encounters. In the past, this organization has focused primarily on raising funds to support ongoing projects and NGO’s that aid the problem-ridden communities in the region.

In 2011, TBLA raised $3,000 to help build a septic tank for a Hospital in a low-income community in the outskirts of Panama City. In 2012, TBLA raised $3,500 to support an NGO called Libras de Amor which sought to build small poultry farms for malnourished families in El Salvador so as to give them a sustainable source of food. Last year, TBLA contributed  $2,000 to an NGO in Costa Rica which gives merit-based scholarships to girls that do not have the resources to pay for tuition at a semi-private high school.