Amigos club helps students learn, lead, laugh

Asian Pacific Islander Club hosting a table in the University Center

Amigos club helps students learn, lead, laugh

Date: Wednesday, November 2, 2016 - 11:00am

Part of Western’s Multicultural Center, the Amigos Latin American Culture Club offers opportunity to learn about Latin culture and take part in events.

Music thumped loudly as friends mingled and danced at the 808 Lounge on the evening of October 22 for a Halloween party hosted by the Amigos. Members of Amigos and the other clubs associated with the Multicultural Center socialized until midnight.

Amigos represents the Hispanic and Latin students on campus, however, anyone who is interested in the culture can join any of the four clubs that make up the Multicultural Center, like the Black Student Alliance, Asian Pacific Islanders Club, and the Native American Student Council. Throughout the year, Amigos host a variety of events and fundraisers like tamale sales, a Carnaval dance and a Day of the Dead workshop.

Students in Amigos also take on leadership positions: every year the group elects a president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer. The club makes sure freshman and transfer students get involved immediately as well, by electing a public relations representative for the group.

Amigos’ current president, Jorge Zarate, said that having a leadership role in the club has improved his resume as well as given him confidence in academic settings.

“It’s really helped me develop as a person,” Zarate said.

Zarate joined Amigos when he was a freshman. At first he was reluctant to join any clubs on campus, despite the then-president of Amigos recruiting him.

After attending an Amigo-run Haunted House, Zarate realized the opportunity to be a part of a fun, tight-knit group would be worthwhile.

“The people in the club is what really got me,” Zarate recalled.

He signed up soon after and as a junior, hasn’t looked back.

Being a part of Amigos and the Multicultural Center helped Zarate break out of his shell and embrace his extroverted-self, something he said he always had, but never showed off. Now, Zarate can often be found with his fellow club members in the Multicultural Center, a second-home to the four clubs, he said.

Those interested in joining Amigos should call 970.943.2234 for more information. Club meetings are Tuesdays from 12:30 to 1 pm.

Article by Roberta Marquette-Strain. 

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