Salt Lake Community College staff offered words of encouragement at the Una Mano Amiga conference Friday in the Oak Room at Taylorsville Redwood Campus.
Una Mano Amiga, which translates to “a friendly hand” in Spanish, provides ongoing academic peer mentoring and support to Hispanic students at SLCC.
Multicultural advisors Luz Gamarra and Elizete Bond welcomed students to the conference. Dr. Roderic Land, who is the special assistant to President Huftalin, urged attendees to continue their pursuit of academic excellence.
Other presentations included “The American Dream is in Your Hands” by Gamarra and “You Can Do It!” by Academic and Career Advising director Sonia Parker.
Una Mano Amiga student board president Joel Romero served as master of ceremonies to engage the audience and moderate a panel of informative community experts. Peer mentors and event organizers mingled with attendees and ensured all questions were answered.
“There are about two hundred people here. This was a very well-planned event,” says academic advisor Gordon Storrs.
Evening entertainment included cultural dances and musical performances, a traditional dinner of carnitas, prizes and take-home materials for scholarships and other resources.
Una Mano Amiga holds meetings twice a month at the Taylorsville Redwood and South City campuses. Anyone with questions can contact Luz Gamarra at 801-957-3349 or Elizete Bond at 801-957-4238.