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Hispanic women should challenge
themselves to play a more active
role in society, said Dr. Mildred
Tirado last night at a ceremony
kicking off National Hispanic Her-
itage Week.
Giving the keynote address in the
Michigan Union entitled, "Hispanic
Women: Agenda for the '90s",
Tirado encouraged about 25 students
and administrators to reflect upon
their identity as one people.
The week of events entitled,
"Five Hundred Years of Hispanic
Heritage: 1492-1992: The
Women's Contribution," focuses not
only upon the past achievements of
Hispanic women, but the present
roles of women in society and their
future goals.
"The week is a celebration of of
our heritage," said LSA graduate
Doris Geldres. "Her speech addresses
issues which are not well known."
Tirado said, "...this week we are
celebrating, and yes, this week we
are challenging ourselves and each
other as a strong and noble people to
reach greater heights."
She said the week's focus on
women's issues is appropriate be-
cause of the "duality of expectations
and observed behaviors (of women),
one which calls for dependence and
submission and one which calls for
perseverance and active involvement
in the environment."

. But this problem extends beyond
the millions of Hispanic women and
is a personal history for Tirado.
Tirado, whose father was a sugar
cane cutter and mother a factory
worker in Puerto Rico, explained
'For most of us who
struggle with minority
status - a status in this
country which very often
denotes stigma and shame
-this is a special event.'
Dr. Mildred Tirado,
keynote speaker for the
University's Hispanic
Heritage Week.
how coming to this country with a
language barrier - along with prej-
udice against Hispanics - set the
seed for contempt in their family.
"For most of us who struggle
with minority status - a status in
this country which very often de-
notes stigma and shame - this is a
special event," Tirado said.
"It is a time to stop and rest, a
break from our busy schedules, to
take a breather and to reflect on our
identity as a people - a people of
many colors and customs, but all

sheltered under the umbrella of
Latino, Hispanic."
Dr. Roselle Wilson, assistant 4o
the vice president of student services,
said women of color should progress
from the foundation of the work
force to leadership positions.
In addition, graduate student
Daniel Melendez, a native of Puerto
Rico, said the traditional roles of
men and women need to be re-
"The roles are under siege," Me-
lendez said. He explained that both
the women's and men's roles of
home and work, along with social
responsibility, must be shared
Melendez's philosophy was
shared by Tirado. "Stratification and
stigma are of particular importance
to women. I also know that these
issues are relevant to all Hispanics.'*
Hispanic American Week is
sponsored by the Office of Minority
Adoleena Gonzalez, an LSA s4-
nior and president of Socially Activ*
Latino Students Association, praise1
the University in part for their sup-
port. But she added, "We still have a
long road ahead of us."
Tirado received her Ph.D frosi
Columbia University in Counseling
Psychology. For three years Dr.
Tirado was employed as a psycho)j-
gist by the University. Prior to that
she was the Hispanic representative
in the Minority Student Services for
three years.


Mildred Tirado speaks about Hispanic women last night to kick off
Hispanic Heritage Week at the Michigan Union.

Activities +
The University has 18 libraries and more than
500 student activities. Not all students take
advantage of both - but many say getting in-
volved with the activities will make the libraries
Easier to take.
Students organize their time better when they
get involved with activities, said Julie Lavrick, a
consultant at the Student Organization Develop-
ment Center. "It also gives them another network
of friends. The University may seem a bit big but
if you join an organization, it makes it seem
smaller and you find your place."
"IT TAKES away from studying, but if you
organize you'll get it done," said Susan
Goldfarb, vice president of programming and
development at the University Activities Center.
VAC sponsors educational, cultural, and
entertainment events such as Impact Jazz,
Homecoming and The Comedy Company.
"Everyday you learn something different.
People should know the University has more to

can fill, organize time

offer besides fraternities and sports," Goldfarb
"It's a good way to balance a hard day at
school," said Engineering junior Chris McRay,
lighting director at UAC.
There are over 500 student organizations offi-
cially registered with The Michigan Student As-
sembly. In addition to these groups - which1
range from the Student Film Club to the Univer-
sity Bowling Club to the Skydiving Club -
there are an estimated 100 other University and
community organizations. At the annual Festifall,
Sept. 16, many of these groups will sponsor
information tables on the Diag.
BUT STUDENTS don't have to be limited to
activities that already exist, said Jim Slkta, who
founded the University Debate Team - financed
by UAC - four years ago. "It's an excellent
student activity with an academic side," said
Debate Coach Steve Mancuso. "It involves re-
search and analysis of current events and

The team, which competes against Ivy League
and other Big Ten universities, was ranked num-
ber one in the nation last summer.
"You have to be persistent in getting an activ-
ity started. You have to be creative," said Speta,
"But before you start your own, certainly try and
investigate and see all the different things to do
BOTH LAVRACK and students leaders say
students should be prepared for their first roles in
University organizations to be small ones. Susan
Overdorf, MSA vice president, said her first
MSA position as a first-year student was as a
committee member. But "I ended up going to
Washington at the end of my first year to lobby
for educational funding," Susan said
MSA has 12 committees focusing on a vari-
ety of issues - from the Budget Priorities
Committee, responsible for allocating money to
students, to the Minority Affairs Committee,
which works to improve life for minority stu-
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