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Drury launches new radio program this week focusing on Hispanic cultures, issues

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., March 28, 2019 — Drury University’s community radio station, KDRU, is set to launch a new monthly program promoting awareness of Hispanic cultures and issues in Springfield.

“Hola Springfield” debuts at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 30 on KDRU, 98.1 FM. The half-hour program will air the last Saturday of every month (except July) throughout 2019. The first guest will be longtime Grupo Latinoamericano president Yolanda Lorge.

The new show is one piece of an extensive, interdisciplinary partnership between Drury and Grupo Latinoamericano that is funded by a $15,000 grant from the Community Foundation of the Ozarks. The grant award was the largest of six given late last year as part of CFO’s inaugural Springfield-Greene County Diversity and Inclusion Program.

This grant funding allows Drury students and faculty to work with Grupo Latinoamericano in 2019 tomake a broad impact on Hispanic culture in the area and help the organization strengthen its mission of cross-cultural awareness. Grupo Latinoamericano is a nonprofit, nondenominational organization that has served southwest Missouri since 1989 with the mission of bringing together Hispanic, Latin, and North American individuals and families for mutual support and friendship, to sponsor and promote cross-cultural social activities, and to serve as a resource to the community. 

“The radio program will help create awareness of the Hispanic and Latino presence in this area, as well as their contributions to the community, the diversity that exists within the group, and the richness and variety of its cultures,” Lorge says.

In addition to “Hola Springfield,” Drury faculty and students will work this year to revamp Grupo Latinoamericano’s website and social media channels, host celebrations and panel discussions during National Hispanic Heritage Month this fall, conduct media literacy and personal finance workshops in Spanish, and more.

“We’re excited to begin this work after months of planning and for the opportunity for our students to tackle hands-on projects working with the community, such as ‘Hola Springfield’,” says Dr. Lina Gomez-Vasquez, assistant professor of communication and lead faculty organizer of the efforts. “This is an excellent opportunity to learn, connect, and make an impact.”

“Hola Springfield” will also be available on Soundcloud and Grupo Latinoamericano’s website, www.grupolatinoamericano.org.

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

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