By Monica Irizarry, Staff Writer —
As UTC students gathered in the Tennessee Room on Thursday, Oct. 4, they networked and heard the backgrounds of Latino professionals working in the Chattanooga area.
Continuing the celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Office of Multicultural Affairs partnered with the Hispanic Outreach Leadership Association (H.O.L.A.) and Latina Professionals of Chattanooga to arrange the Hispanic Heritage Month Luncheon.
Graduate Assistant for Multicultural Affairs, Layra Navarro-Flores, organized the event to add more professional development opportunities during Hispanic Heritage Month at the University.
“I feel that this event is important for campus, but a bit more personable for Hispanic students, because some are first generation college students,” Navarro-Flores said. “They grew up only seeing Hispanics in stereotypical job positions, and this event allows students to sit down with Hispanic professionals from different backgrounds and occupations.”
Around 10 local business professionals attended the event, and their occupations ranged from artists, professors, positions in the science and medical fields and an immigration attorney.
Vice President of H.O.L.A., Britany Green, assisted Navarro-Flores with coordinating the event, and she gave the closing remarks at the end of the luncheon.
“H.O.L.A. had already known a lot of the professionals, so we were in charge of making sure that [the event] was advertised,” Green said. “There were tons of business cards being handed out, which was really exciting, because the Hispanic or Latino students were making those connections.”
With about a week of Hispanic Heritage Month left, the Office of Multicultural Affairs and H.O.L.A. have worked together to provide opportunities and represent UTC’s growing Latino community.