Meet HMA, OLAS, and HLSA!
Hispanic Music Appreciation (HMA), the Organization of Latin American Students (OLAS), and the Hispanic/Latinx Law Student Association (HLSA) were founded to promote community, culture, and representation for people of Hispanic and Latino/a/x heritage at Loyola and to welcome all members of Loyola who wish to know more about this vibrant community.
Read more about these organizations below, and join us in celebrating National Hispanic-American Heritage Month!
- Loyola's First Hispanic-Themed Third Friday Friday, September 20, 2:30 to 5:00 pm, Peace Quad
- Annual Hispanic Heritage Bilingual Mass Sunday, September 29, 9:00 pm, Ignatius Chapel
Francesca Lausen, '21 and Anderson Leal, '21 founded HMA in 2017, their first year at Loyola. They wanted to educate the student body about Latin music and show the fun, vibrant, and authentic music Latin/Hispanic culture has to offer.
HMA is all about inclusivity. Anyone can get involved! You can know not one bit of the Spanish language and still be part of HMA's diverse family. There are no requirements to join HMA. The club is open to all students, faculty, and staff.
Latin Fest: HMA's annual festival where live music, raffles, games, food, and dancers come together for a celebration of the beauty of music, which unites communities.
Movie and Karaoke Nights: Casual and fun activities all students love, with food, pillows, sofas, and big screens!
Hispanic Heritage Bilingual Mass After Party: After the annual mass each September, HMA hosts an after party with food and dance lessons for students, faculty, and staff.
Latin Night: This is one night in the school year where we reserve a space to just let loose and bailar! Dancing is an art, and you don't have to be an expert to participate!
OLAS was established at Loyola in the late 1990s. For many years, Loyola's Hispanic and Latino/a/x population was fairly small, and over time participation in OLAS dwindled. In 2016, students revived the organization, and in 2018, Syane Soriano, '20 and Carlos Rodriguez-Fierro, '19 reinvigorated it. OLAS began to flourish last year as more Hispanic and Latino/a/x students became increasingly involved in the organization.
Modechella with A la Mode: Friday, September 27
Hispanic Heritage Bilingual Mass: Sunday, September 29, 9:00 pm, Ignatius Chapel
Dia de Los Muertos with OLAS: Wednesday, October 30, 6:00 pm
The Hispanic/Latinx Law Student Association (HLSA), established in 1986, provides a support mechanism for Hispanic/Latinx students and actively works to increase the Hispanic/Latinx presence within the College of Law. Members are encouraged to develop their legal skills by participating in community organizations. HLSA also strengthens the relationship of its members with the Hispanic/Latinx legal community of Louisiana.
HLSA is open to all law students to join; you do not have to identify as Hispanic/Latinx.
Activities and Events
HLSA is a newly revived organization that participates in community service by collaborating with other organizations to assist with Know Your Rights Clinics and Citizenship Clinics. HLSA activities have included hosting speakers to discuss career and legal topics facing the Hispanic/Latinx community. HLSA also hosts social events, such as Let’s Taco Bout It Tuesdays.
All are welcome to join HMA and OLAS and to participate in all events. All law students are welcome to join HLSA. For more information, contact Executive Board members or reach out via HowlConnect and social media.
HMA Executive Board 2019-20
President: Maryann Herrera
Events: Francesa Lausen
Treasurer: Tori Perrie
Gaby Ocon & Olaia O'Malley
Advisor: Martha Alguera
OLAS Executive Board 2019-20
President: Angelyss Vasquez
Vice-President: Catherine Novella
Social Media: Ashley Maldonado
Events: Zyon Barbosa
Marketer: Jordyn Mejia
Advisor: Martha Alguera
HLSA Executive Board 2019-20
President: Ruth Blanco
Vice-President: Sergio Salazar
Treasurer: Anna Gonzalez
Secretary: Brenda Solorzano