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Latino Alumni stand in solidarity with Cornell's campus

September 12, 2017

We the Latino Alumni of Cornell University stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters on Cornell’s Campus and specifically with the residents of the Latino Living Center, La Associación Latina, members of the Latinx community and others impacted by the disgraceful remarks from a member and/or members of Zeta Psi.

What happened on Wednesday, September 6th is inexcusable and intolerable. The fact that a Cornell student was chanting, "Let's build a wall around the LLC" is alarming and entirely contrary to the values of our University.

Ezra Cornell founded an institution where any person could pursue any study. This is what inspired many of our Latino alumni to attend our school. It is critical for us to continue to fight to uphold that ideal.

In the fall of 1993, as students, several of us took over the Day Hall administration building in protest of vandalism on Cornell’s campus including messages like "Kill the Illegals", "Cesar Chavez is Dead" and "White Pride". We were clear then and are clear now that intolerance against the Latino community will not be tolerated at Cornell. The Latino Living Center was born from this protest and we are committed to protecting it.

We stand here today as the Cornell Latino Alumni Association, 24 years after the Day Hall takeover and can proudly tell our students:

We are with you. You are not alone. We stand with you, especially in the context of the current political climate and the threatened reversal of DACA. We are watching. We care. We are standing for your success at our Alma Mater. We are one community. We are here for you during your time at Cornell AND we are here for you after you graduate. TOGETHER we are the future. The future of this nation is inextricably tied to the future of our community.

We are a resource for our students to not only survive but thrive at Cornell and beyond.  We believe in you.

Sincerely,
Cornell Latino Alumni Association Board
Stephanie Adams Ryan, President
Daniel Domenech, Vice President
David Sandoval, Secretary
Kety Esquivel, At Large
Danya Contreras, Communications Chair
Kathya Chiluiza. External Relations Chair
Ruben Ortega, Treasurer
Theresa Flores, At Large

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