A Panel on DACA at the Mount

The MSMC Latino Student Union and the Hispanic Studies Program organized a panel on the DACA (Deferred Action for Child Arrivals) program on October 18, 2017.

Giselle Martínez, member of the MSMC Latino Student Union, moderated the panel. Panelists invited were

    • Jessica Lazo. Lawyer, Catholic Charities.
    • Laura García, DACA recipient. Racial Justice Program Manager, YWCA Orange County.
    • Peter González. President of Latinos Unidos of the Hudson Valley.

Jessica Lazo talked about the legal aspects of DACA. Laura García told her story as an undergraduate student before and after the DACA program. Peter González shared information about how Mount students can help organizations working in Newburgh.

MSMC Nursing students went to Spain!

MSMC Nursing students visited the Centro Regional de Transfusión Sanguínea and the Banco de Tejidos in Seville. They had first-hand experience—literally—of the blood and organ donation process in the Centro Regional. According to Erin McCann, a Mount Nursing student, “This is Christmas!”
¡Muchas gracias a los profesionales del Centro Regional!

Creativity runs in Hispanic Studies!

Be creative in learning Spanish!

Students of the Spanish for Teachers course practiced this important principle while teaching at Bishop Dunn Memorial School. They wrote bilingual stories for children and created wonderful books to read with them.

You can appreciate the craft of one of the groups by clicking here to download a PDF file. The story is titled Pedro Searches for a Birthday Gift / Pedro busca un regalo de cumpleaños.

Other titles in the collection are:


A writer is born!

Students of the Latin American Short Stories course also came up with new creative ways to learn Spanish. Each week, they commented on short stories from Latin American authors in the Facebook group page.

However, talking about what others did was not enough. To test their story writing skills, the students rewrote a short story that was discussed in class into a short story for children.

At that point, they wanted to do more (!?). They wrote their own short stories and went through the exciting experience of reading them in public. We way add that it was a captive public that enjoyed listening to interesting stories.
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