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Cultural Pride Night
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On Sept. 21, more than 300 people attended “La Unidad Latina,” Lambda Upsilon Lambda’s 12th annual Cultural Pride Night. The event, held in the Rensselaer Union’s McNeil Room, was part of Alianza Latina’s Latino Heritage Month celebration.

The event was a free night of cultural food and performances representing the diverse demographic at Rensselaer, according to organizers. “The experience is priceless and without an event like Cultural Pride Night, the rewards of experiencing such diversity would not be reaped by many here at RPI,” said Ricky Estevez ’08, brother of Lambda Upsilon Lambda.

The theme for this year’s Cultural Pride Night was “Discover Your Roots.” Those attending the event were able to enjoy performances from nine different multicultural organizations from on and off campus, including a martial arts group, cultural dancers, and musicians. “We feel that being assiduous students at RPI, we sometimes may forget where we come from. We also realize the diversity that there is at RPI. Our Cultural Pride Night allows the various clubs and organizations to present their culture and roots to the Rensselaer community. We feel that it is important to do well in school, but also to embrace and discover other cultures around us and become more well-rounded individuals,” said Steve Lucin ’08, president of Lambda Upsilon Lambda.

La Unidad Latina, Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity, was established on Feb. 19, 1982 at Cornell University to take a leadership role in meeting the needs of the Latino community through cultural awareness, community service, and promotion of the Latino culture and people.
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Inside Rensselaer
Volume 1, Number 5, October 11, 2007
©2007 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
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