Hilos Culturales faculty prepare for Institute

(05-30-2014)

Anna Torello, Vera Lucero, Priccilla Gonzales, Patricia Martinez, Lillian Gomez, Lisa Trujillo; back row, Benjamin Baca, Francisco Gonzales, Antonio Esquibel, Cipriano Vigil, Arnold Valdez, Lorenzo Trujillo, Billy Archuleta, Herman Martinez, and Phil Lucero

Pictured, left to right, front row, Anna Torello, Vera Lucero, Priccilla Gonzales, Patricia Martinez, Lillian Gomez, Lisa Trujillo; back row, Benjamin Baca, Francisco Gonzales, Antonio Esquibel, Cipriano Vigil, Arnold Valdez, Lorenzo Trujillo, Billy Archuleta, Herman Martinez, and Phil Lucero.

Keeping traditions alive and thriving, the faculty for the 2014 Hilos Culturales Summer Institute gathered together on the Adams State University campus to discuss the best strategies for presenting their expertise on the culture and traditions of Southern Colorado and Northern New Mexico. The Hilos Culturales faculty, leading experts in the Latino community, hope to enlighten Adams State professors and staff on Hispanic students' cultural background.

Lillian Gomez, Adams State Title V director, said when faculty and staff understand the family and culture of students it helps them connect at a deeper and more meaningful level. This will be the third year Gomez and Herman and Patsy Martinez, Adams State alumni '69 and '70, will organize the Hilos Culturales Summer Institute, held in San Luis, Colo. the fourth week in July.

Over a decade ago, the Martinez' co-founded Hilos Culturales, Inc., a Colorado non-profit organization. Gomez realized the potential of partnering with Hilos Culturales to further the mission of the Title V grant and Adams State to serve the regional population of Hispanics.

Every year, 20 Adams State faculty and staff members are selected to attend the Hilos Culturales Summer Institute, funded by ASU Title V dollars appropriated by the United States Department of Education for Hispanic Serving Institutions.

This is the first year, Gomez and the Martinez' organized a Hilos Culturales Faculty Retreat for all who will present at the summer institute. The retreat provided the attendees opportunities to establish goals and to formulate the best methods to achieve their objectives.

The Hilos Culturales Summer Institute includes daily seminars on active teaching/active learning, customer service and cultural traditions/history of Latinos from the Upper Río Grande Region.