Duke's Community Based Language Issue (CBLI) co-sponsored a Day of the Dead celebration with the Spanish Language Program. The event invited students and community members to gather around a traditional altar and partake of hot chocolate, special breads shaped in different designs, and tamales. The event also commemorated the 43 disappeared Mexican students in fall 2014.
Alternative Spring Break in Costa Rica
Bethzaida Fernandez has organized an alternative spring break trip to Costa Rica for several years. CBLI is pleased to contribute to the funding of the program. The undergraduate students participate in community-based learning experiences through service opportunities in schools, a retirement center, and a center for disabled adults. They live with families and practice their linguistic and cultural skills through this immersive Spanish environment.
Líderes Unidos Fútbol Club
The idea of Líderes Unidos Fútbol Club first emerged from a dialogue with the community that began during the summer of 2014 with a group of Duke students in the Intensive Summer Institute at Duke. Those students came in contact with different leaders of the Latino community while engaging in various service projects. Ivan Almonte, a local guidance counselor for the Durham public school system, was central to mentoring the students through discussions of issues and challenges facing the Latino community. Dr. Paredes led a tutorial for a group of Duke athletes in spring 2015 to organize and launch Soccer Sin Fronteras (original name) which now is a student organization called Líderes Unidos Fútbol Club.
Photographs courtesy of Jesús Hidalgo, Sr. The Chronicle
Read more about Soccer sin Fronteras in The Chronicle article "From football to fútbol".