A Visual History of Latino Students at the University of Kentucky, 1865-2019





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Throughout the University’s history, Latino students have played an important role in leadership and student organizations. Today’s Latino students are more diverse and numerous than ever before. This collage provides a quick snapshot of Latino students at UK today. For more information on the Latino student organizations and activities featured in this collage please see our online companion site to this exhibit.

From the curator: Thank you to the three Ruths that guided me along the way: Ruth González Jiménez, Dr. Ruth Brown, and Ruth Bryan. Without their guidance and support, this display would still feel like a distant dream. Thank you to Alexis Meza, Ricardo Nazario y Colón, Alan Aja, Melanie Cruz, Michael Loyselle, Jorge Medina, Maria Karen Lopez Torres, Liliana Drucker, Erin Howard, Tracy Bonilla, Chester Grundy, Ignacio David Acevedo-Polakovich, and Steven Alvarez for sharing their personal experiences that contextualized the archival data and laid the foundation for future generations of Latino students. Thank you to the Department of Hispanic Studies, College of Arts & Sciences Year of Equity Program, and UK Martin Luther King Center. Thank you Adrian Ho and Karaline Wood for guiding me through the display creation process with all the patience in the world. Thank you to everyone within the University of Kentucky Libraries that silently collected our history through the Special Collections Research Center.

Gracias a mi mamá y mi papá por sacrificar todo lo que conocían en Holguin, Cuba para emigrar a los Estados Unidos. Agradezco todo el amor que me han dado y todo lo que me han enseñado. Thank you to Latino Student Union, Sigma Lambda Gamma, and Leading Latinas for showing me what a strong sense of community feels like and for empowering me to be unapologetically myself. Thank you Celia Cruz. I realize now that I am a product of my community and I thank you all for investing in me with all your kindness and support.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to this visual history and will continue to contribute after my time at the University of Kentucky. Gracias. Gracias. Gracias.

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Latino students, University of Kentucky


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