Hispanic Studies

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Davidson, NC 28035

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Davidson, NC 28035

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Student Opportunities

Hispanic Studies majors, like all Davidson students, follow their hearts regarding their extra-curricular activities, and their interests are diverse. But there are a few cultural clubs and activities that appeal to many students in the department.

Spanish Table

Join professors and students in Vail Commons for conversation in Spanish. Fridays from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. All are welcome, but a meal plan is necessary. If you don't have a meal plan, please contact Prof. Kyra Kietrys or any professor in the department.

Organization of Latin American Students

Many Hispanic Studies students and those from other majors are enthusiastic about their participation in the Organization of Latino American Students (OLAS). During its 15 years of existence, OLAS has sought to promote awareness and appreciation of Hispanic cultures on campus, and its membership is very diverse, with an executive board that represents nearly every ethnicity on campus. With cultural holiday parties, film screenings, and a host of inspiring and thought-provoking lectures about Latin American cultures, causes, and groups, OLAS aims to foster and maintain a spirit of solidarity among students interested in Hispanic cultures, including but not limited to Spanish speaking countries and their descendants. For more information contact Linnea Ng '15.

Assistant Teachers (AT)

ATs are expected to prepare and teach two 50-minute sessions per week for paid compensation. For more information, see Assistant Teacher Resources or contact the Hispanic Studies Language Coordinator, Prof. Rosalba Esparragoza-Scott.

Davidson FLES–Foreign Language in Elementary Schools

Davidson FLES is a partnership between Davidson College and Davidson Elementary School (DES), the public elementary school. The program builds upon a long-standing relationship between the two institutions. From the 1970s through 2006, Davidson College students taught at DES as part of their studies in SPA 190/311-FLES. The new program, launched in the fall of 2012, relies on the generosity of Davidson College volunteers, thanks to whom children in kindergarten through third grade enjoy weekly Spanish lessons. We aim to expand through fifth grade, so if you have a passion for teaching, please join us!

Davidson Camino Community Center Group

Camino Community Center is an organization that serves low-income people in the greater Charlotte area. It operates a health clinic, food pantry, soup kitchen and thrift store. To find out more, read about the organization in the Charlotte Observer.

The Davidson CCC Group launched in the Fall of 2013. Davidson students can serve as volunteers for the largely Hispanic community. If you are interested you may contact Haley Rhodes '16.

L.E.A.D.

This group aims to empower Latino women in Mecklenburg County to enter the workforce by providing them with assessments of their resources, helping them with interviewing skills, and providing them with business attire, so they can be competitive candidates in the workforce despite gender and racial bias, as well as any language barrier that they may face.

Kindergarten English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) Tutoring Program

Cornelius Elementary School's English language specialist is partnering with Davidson College to establish a new after-school ESL tutoring program. We are looking for committed Davidson students interested in learning about and contributing to the development of literacy in language minority children. Davidson tutors will reinforce kindergarteners' emerging English language, literacy and math skills through homework help and practice activities Mondays and Wednesdays, 4 to 5 p.m. Tutoring will begin the second week of September after tutors have completed a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools background check and pre-service training. Any tutors planning to enroll in EDU 360--Seminar in Second Language Acquisition (spring 2015) will be able to fulfill the course's fieldwork requirement through this program. To apply, please submit a letter of interest and resume via email to Prof. Rebeca Fernandez.

The International House

The International House looks for bilingual, passionate volunteers and interns such as you to help Charlotte welcome the world. Possibilities include interning with the immigration legal clinic, helping immigrants apply for citizenship at our fall Naturalization Workshop, tutoring an adult English Language Learner to improve their chances of finding work, and assisting English language learners in the Basic Computer Skills class. Your language skills will let you make a huge impact for the better in someone else's life!  Interested? Contact Megan Mavity '14, International House's Director of Education, for more details.