Yecenia Martinez, Fatima Madriz, and San Juana Acosta at the 2006 CLAA reunion. David Molina, Edith Molina, Willan Cervantes, Tomas Cervantes and Pacheco scholarship recipients, Yecenia Martinez and Jose Gutierrez.  San Juana Acosta, and Dr. Erlinda Gonzales-Berry at the 2008 CLAA reunion.

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Keeping Chicana/o Latina/o Alumni Connected

Chicana/o and Latina/o alumni are members of one of the most diverse, talented and involved OSU affinity groups. CLAA is an extension to the broader alumni association. Our board meets monthly and the general membership meets annually on campus for the reunion+gala.

Our alumni are teachers, doctors, lawyers, entrepreneurs, engineers, and social workers. They are employed in the government, private and non-profit sector. We are glad you've found us! Let's get started...

How can I help?

Get Involved.
CLAA participate in the life of the university. Here are 10 ideas to get you going:
  • Join the OSUAA and request to join our affinity group
  • Become a member of our Facebook page and introduce yourself on the wall; let all your OSU peers know
  • Participate in the board meetings and volunteer on a working committee
  • Participate in the alumni panel at Conexiones, and volunteer at START Bilingüe
  • Attend and celebrate with new graduates and their families at Si Se Pudo Graduation coordinated through Casa Latina/o de OSU every June
  • Support OSU Chicana/o and Latina/o student groups in their on-campus activities throughout the year
  • Provide mentorship and support for undergraduate and graduate Chicano/Latino students
  • Support efforts in raising funds for the Dr. Manuel Pacheco Book Scholarship
  • Visit your local junior high and high school and talk to the Chicano/Latino students and their parents about your experience at OSU
  • RSVP for the Annual Reunion and come prepared to have a great time

How the Leadership Board Runs

The CLAA is governed by a 6-member Board of Directors. The Executive Committee itself is elected by the board, and board members are solicited from the active-membership. All board meetings are open to alumni. The Board President works collaboratively with the board and reports to the OSU Alumni Association, and engages on a monthly conference call with university leadership.

Serve on the Board or Committees

Providing leadership on the board of directors is an honor and privilege, and a great responsibility. The committees include: reunion, scholarship, fundraising, and membership. Each director serves as Chair and reports back to the board.

Help Raise Funds for OSU Chicano/Latino Alumni Association

One of our first initiatives was launching the Dr. Manuel Pacheco Book Scholarship for undergraduate and graduate Chicano/Latino students in early-2004. Since then, we have proudly awarded 6 scholarships (see below for the '09-'10 important dates and list of past-recipients) to high achieving student-leaders.

More humbling, at the 2008 Reunion+Gala, Dr. Joseph Orosco and several friends of CLAA kicked off the Dr. Manuel Pacheco Endowment with the target goal of $50,000. All gifts to the endowment are tax-deductible.

Checks should be made out to:
Benton County Foundation

Dr. Manuel Pacheco Endowment Scholarship

Mail to:
Kristy Pribyl, Office Manager
Benton County Foundation
PO Box 911
Corvallis, Oregon 97339

Major Gifts

Currently, our major campaign drive is raising funds for the raising of El Centro Cultural Cesar Chavez. The goal is $2 million. If you would like to support this endeavor please contact the OSU Foundation at: 800-354-7281.

Oregon State University Foundation
850 SW 35th Street
Corvallis, OR 97333

Dr. Manuel Pacheco Book Scholarship

In honor of Dr. Manuel Pacheco, Professor of Philosophy, Oregon State University (1993-2000).  
During his tenure Dr. Pacheco inspired Chicana and Chicano students to take on leadership and to bring political consciousness and cultural awareness on campus. Currently, we award annually two book scholarships each of $500, in Pacheco's honor. Funds are raised through in-kind donations, and from proceeds raised from our annual Reunion+Gala.

Checks should be made out to:

OSU Chicano/Latino Alumni Association
Dr. Manuel Pacheco Book Scholarship

Mail to:
OSU Chicano/Latino Alumni Association
c/o Pacheco Scholarship
PO Box 202
Fairview, Oregon 97024

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OSU Chicana/o Latina/o
Alumni Association
Board of Directors

David Molina, '04 is Founder/CEO of BilingualHire. He also serves on the OSU President's Board of Visitors for Minority Affairs and the Oregon Commission on Hispanic Affairs. 

Fundraising Chair
  Ninfa Murillo, MPA, '03 is a Foundation Officer for The Michael & Susan Dell Foundation. Ninfa leads the fundraising committee.

Reunion Chair
Yecenia Martinez, '07 is a Bilingual Auto Claims Representative with State Farm Insurance. Yecenia leads the reunion committee.

Scholarship Chair
Blanca Vazquez, '07 is a Claims Representative with State Farm Insurance. Blanca leads the scholarship committee. 

Membership Chair
Octaviano Merecias, '06 is a member of the Oregon State University Washington County Extension Service office technology team. Octavio leads the membership drive. 

Edith Molina, '02 is the Emergency Preparedness Coordinator for Ethnic Communities at the Office of Multicultural Health, Department of Human Services.

CLAA Socios

Professor Emeritus Erlinda Gonzales-Berry
Professor Loren Chavarria
Mr. John & Maria Haroldson
Professor Joseph Orosco
Ms. Karen Shaw
Mr. Scott Reed
Dr. Larry Roper
Abraham Gonzalez

Note: CLAA Socios (Spanish for business partners) are friends of CLAA who provide strategic advice to the board on growth, avenues of opportunity, donate and help us fundraise.

Past Dr. Manuel Pacheco Scholarship recipients for "outstanding and exemplary academic record, leadership in Chicana/o and Latina/o student-based organizations, and high potential for service to the community"

Yecenia Martinez
Jose Gutierrez
Guadalupe Diaz
Leo Soto
Cristina Delgado
David Lopez