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Grupo Latinoamericano’s 30th anniversary celebration to be held on the Drury campus Sunday, Oct. 13

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., October 11, 2019 — A 30th Anniversary of Service celebration for Grupo Latinoamericano will be held from 5 to 9 p.m., Sunday, October 13, at the Findlay Student Center on the Drury University campus. 

The free event will include live entertainment and authentic food, arts, and crafts from various countries for sale. Entertainment will feature performances from the Canela Music Group of Tlaquepaque, Mexico; Mariachi of Missouri; and the Grupo Latinoamericano Dance Troupe.

Grupo Latinoamericano and Drury are partnering throughout 2019 to boost awareness of Hispanic issues in the Ozarks, thanks to a $15,000 grant from Community Foundation of the Ozarks. The extensive and interdisciplinary partnership is designed promote understanding and appreciation of Hispanic culture in the area and help Grupo Latinoamericano strengthen its mission of cross-cultural awareness and service.

Projects include a newly launched website for Grupo Latinoamericano designed and created by Drury students; a monthly radio program “Hola Springfield” on campus radio station KDRU 98.1 FM; Spanish-language media and financial literacy workshops; and more.

“This 30-year milestone has been achieved without a CEO or paid staff. All of those involved are volunteers who come together and help the community,” says Yolanda Lorge, president of Grupo Latinoamericano. “As a grassroots organization, we don’t rely on a parent organization or funding from the government. We help serve as a bridge between the Latino and non-Latino community. Providing those programs and services has been our most important achievement given the fact that we have limited economic and human resources.” 

About Grupo Latinoamericano

Founded in 1989, Grupo Latinoamericano focuses on serving Hispanics and promoting cultural understanding to the broader community. While the group offers multiple direct services, including translation of legal and medical documents, ESL classes, and help to those seeking citizenship, it is best known for their traditional dances performed at festivals and events throughout southwest Missouri. 

For more information about Grupo Latinoamericano and its 30th Anniversary celebration, visit the website at its new URL: https://grupolatinoamericano.org or like it on Facebook.

Drury’s commitment to outreach

Drury University is committed to diversity and inclusion. The university’s student population is 19 percent nonwhite and nearly 10 percent international, representing 55 countries.

In 2016, Drury’s campus in Monett was the recipient of a five-year College Assistant Migrant Program (CAMP) grant through the Department of Education. The CAMP grant funds Drury-Monett’s Somos (We Are) Program. Through Somos, Drury-Monett offers full scholarships, comprehensive academic advising, and multidimensional educational support to migrant workers and their families in the area, the vast majority of whom are Hispanic.

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Media Contact: Mike Brothers, Executive Director of University Relations - (417) 873-7390 or mikebrothers@drury.edu. 

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