Greetings to all UC ANR Latinx & Friends Affinity Group members fondly referred to as LAG!

Whether you're a recent addition to our community or one of our seasoned members, it is with great pleasure that I extend a heartfelt welcome on behalf of the LAG steering committee.

As we embark on our journey into the year 2024, I am delighted to share with you a glimpse of the exciting initiatives we have in store:

  • Unveiling our very first bilingual newsletter.
  • Joining our "Practicando mi español" group for a delightful language-learning experience.
  • Exploring the world of Spanish cinema through "Hablemos de Cine" – Let's talk movies.
  • Participating in our Dia de los Muertos Altar contest, a creative celebration.
  • Embracing and honoring Hispanic Heritage Month throughout the entire year.
  • Anticipating a lineup of distinguished guest speakers who will deepen our understanding of Latino culture and heritage.
  • Empowering ourselves professionally with expert guest speakers dedicated to our growth.

The agenda may appear substantial and ambitious, but with your steadfast support, passion, and dedication, we are confident that we can turn these aspirations into achievements!

We will continue to convene for our general meetings on the last Thursday of each month, with the next meeting set for February 29, 2024.

Should any of these activities resonate with you, please feel free to connect with us via email. Your active participation is essential to our collective success.

Let's embark on this exciting journey together in 2024, and together, let's elevate LAG to become the premier UC ANR Affinity Group.
We are counting on you to make a difference.

Warmest regards,

Ricardo Vela Chair, Latinx & Friends Affinity Group (LAG)




On September 21, 2022,  UC ANR Latinx & Friends Affinity Group held its first meeting.

During the meeting the steering committee was selected:

Latinx & Friends Affinity Group

Steering Committee Roles & Responsibilities



Name & E-mail


Facilitates meetings writes agendas, and leads group in strategic planning and discussions.


 Ricardo Vela



Supports the functions of the Chair and assumes additional duties in the absence of the Chair.


Miguel Sanchez

Membership Lead

Lead functions with an emphasis on Membership, outreach, etc.


Maria Ridoutt-Orozco


Wendy Puquirre/

Communication Lead

Communicates with leadership, sends email communication on behalf of the group, and may write, or contribute to articles/blogs, newsletters, and social media.


Doralicia Garay

Lisa Rawleigh



Take meeting notes, timekeeper, and maintain records of decisions and action items


Angela Johnson



Research funding opportunities, oversee financial administration, planning of funding spending, etc.


Adela Contreras


Event Planning Lead

Leads efforts to plan events within UC ANR, solicits outside speakers and professional development opportunities for group members


Arianna Nava




First meeting
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First meeting