On February 16, Hispanic Ministries worked with the Hispanic Staff Association for their first worship service in collaboration. Hispanic Ministries is a student-led group that offers a weekly worship experience as well as other social events.
This special worship service featured the usual slate of students who joined in prayer and music. George Perez, assistant professor of business and a representative of the Hispanic Staff Association, was the guest speaker. He spoke on the importance of making God a first priority in our lives. At the end there was an opportunity to eat snacks and converse.
The collaboration on the recent event allowed the two groups with similar goals to share a spiritual moment together. Hispanic Ministries aims to provide a sense of community to WWU’s Hispanic students. “Being far from home, it's really nice to connect with people that share something in common,” said Stacy Lopez, a sophomore biology major.
The Hispanic Staff Association has a similar mission: to support, empower, and bring together the faculty and staff that value Hispanic culture. “We wanted to be united as staff so we could reach out and support the Hispanic students,” says Perez.
Beyond event collaborations such as this one, the staff support students by supplying multiple Hispanic student-led organizations with resources they may not have direct access to. Through the support of the Hispanic Staff Association, students from WWU have shared their talents and led out in worship services throughout the community. According to Perez, these collaborations bring the community together and share Hispanic culture with Hispanic and non-Hispanic students alike.
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