That Stockton may soon become a regional Hispanic Serving Higher Education institution is not a far-fetched idea. ¡Sí, se puede! Together, we can make this happen, sooner than later!
In honor or National Hispanic Heritage Month, which is celebrated Sept. 15 - Oct. 15, Arnaldo Cordero-Roman, associate professor of Spanish and president of Stockton University's Unidos organization, shares his perspective.
It is with great pride that every year, especially during my time at Stockton, I have engaged in promoting socio-cultural activities that celebrate our rich, vibrant presence in varied disciplines. Who can deny our past and present histories, our intergenerational diverse ethnicities, dialects, customs and traditions?
Throughout 50 years, Stockton’s footprint in the Hispanic/Latino communities continues to grow. Stockton’s locations now provide more access to multiple community partnerships, outreach programs and civic engagement. That Stockton may soon become a regional Hispanic Serving Higher Education institution is not a far-fetched idea. ¡Sí, se puede! Together, we can make this happen, sooner than later!
As current president of Unidos, one of my main goals is to foster a greater sense of belonging, one that exudes self-worth, goodwill, confidence and empowerment. Hispanic multicultural connections to Stockton’s core institutional mission exist beyond traditional instructional classroom settings. The Unidos board members network and collaborate closely with Hispanic/Latino community members, employees, students, staff and faculty.
This Voice was originally published in 2021. At the time of publication, Cordero-Roman was an associate professor of Spanish. He is now professor emeritus.