La Casa Latina
La Casa Latina (Latino Culture House) provides a support system to the Latino
community at Tufts. It welcomes students who are interested in the Latino
Culture and Latino issues. Residents sponsor activities and events to promote a
greater understanding and appreciation of Latino culture in conjunction with the
Latino Center. The Latino Culture Unit is currently located in Milne House, 8-10
Whitfield Road. Advisor is Ruben Salinas-Stern, 617-627-3363. There are 6
singles (for juniors & seniors only) and 2 doubles (for sophomores & juniors).
Applications become available every January for the following school year.
here for the floor plans.
La Casa 2014-2015
||Genesis Garcia, 2015
Providence, Rhode Island; Guatemalan
I'm Genesis, as in the
beginning. I have three brothers, but none of them are named Exodus or
Leviticus, or any other religious joke you can make about my name. I do like
Sega Genesis though, and the "Genesis" record (the Phil Collins band) was in
fact the genesis of my record collection (get it?).
I love and play soccer (go Barša!), like acting, am a part time
photographer, sing, song-write and play guitar. I am an American Studies major
and aspiring high school history teacher (please ask me more about this), a
proud Guatemalan and Rhode Islander, and have the world's largest and most
demanding sweet tooth. I also love people (some more than others), talking
(about everything), music (though I'm pretty particular about this), and food
(which I am not particular about all). On campus, you'll probably find me
somewhere in the Reading Room reading my life away, or at the Latino Center
enjoying good company and trying to find free food. Fun Fact: Uphill is my LEAST
favorite place on campus.
||Valeria Ruelas, 2015
Albuquerque, NM; Mexican
My first name is Lesly.
But I prefer to go by Valeria! I'm actually a Ray Ban modelůJK. I'm an
unconventional artist, Sex positive feminista, Enchilada Making Queen (With the
Dominican Stamp of Approval!), Frequent (bargain) Shopper, Burlesque Choreo,
Hermana of Lambda Pi Chi Sorority Inc., and a tattoo enthusiast. You can find me
at a protest or a poetry reading, but mostly in my room drinking good coffee,
Netflixing, sketching and reading intersectional feminist theory.
||Soerny Cruz, 2016
Jamaica Plain, MA; Afro-Dominican
I'm a junior majoring in
American Studies and Community Health with a concentration in racial health
disparities because I believe in learning about the things that make you the
most angry in order to ignite change in them. I'm also a Tisch Scholar for
Public Service and a proud Hermana of Latinas Promoviendo Comunidad/Lambda Pi
Chi Sorority, Inc. At any idle moment, I can be expected to break out into
dance. I learned how to dance salsa in college and now I can't stop!! I believe
Marc Anthony has the voice of a god and should be praised as such and Romeo
Santos will always be better than Prince Royce. Everything I do is for my family
and Quisqueya la bella (Dominican Republic). Con Cari˝o!
||Yaritsa Sanchez, 2016
Boston, MA; Dominican
My name is Yaritsa (bka Yatzi or Yari)
and I was born in Washington Heights, NY, but raised in South Boston. I double
major in Economics and Drama and I'm involved in the Tisch Scholars program as
well as the BLAST program on campus. When I was younger, the stage was my life.
I sang, danced, and acted my way through middle school. When I got to high
school, however, the programs I was once a part of experienced budget cuts and
ceased to exist. One
day, I hope to bring back the love and appreciation of theater to South Boston,
but for now, I'm learning and growing amongst some pretty amazing people at
Tufts. I love love love to dance (preferably bachata, merengue, and dembow),
eat, watch movies, and hang with friends on the Prez Lawn on sunny days. I
absolutely live for my family and the Dominican culture that has had the most,
if not all, impact on who I am today. Orgullosa de ser Dominicana!
||Jose A. Lopez, 2017
Pasadena, CA; Mexican, Romani
I'm a sophomore currently on the pre-vet track, majoring in biopsychology. For
fun, I love to read, train MMA, listen to music, and play some music with my
friends, usually metal (I'm a guitarist). I love animals a lot; sometimes I
think I love them more than humans. I am fascinating by the variety of cultures
our planet is home to, and I'm always down to learn new things about these
cultures. An interesting fact is that I didn't really dance back home, but
after the recurring prodding of my friends, I have begun to dance at parties, so
look out for me lumbering all over the place at parties. I'm from the LA area,
so expect me to extoll the virtues of living on the West Coast.
||Jonathan Moore, 2017
I'm a sophomore majoring
in American Studies with a concentration in Social Identity, Politics, and Media
and everyone calls me Jon-Jon! I'm from Detroit, MI and grew up in a big,
bi-racial family of 6 little siblings
(I'm half-black and half-Mexican). I'm a proud BLAST Scholar and here on
campus I'm the President of SWAT (Spoken Word Alliance at Tufts) and a columnist
for The Tufts Daily. I'm studying Arabic and am interested in race, politics,
media, policy, metaphysics and alien conspiracies! In my free time off campus I
host workshops and presentations on spoken word and creative expression in the
QPOC (Queer People of Color) community at regional and national conferences.
The way to my heart is relaxing on the couch binge-watching episodes of
'Scandal', spoken word performances, enchiladas, and puppies named after
political figures. I'll be on the third floor of La Casa Latina with my main man
Manny so if you're ever around, holler!