On Friday, the Chicano Education Program (CEP) held its 18th annual Welcome Back Gathering & BBQ. Originally planned as an outdoor event it was moved to the PUB’s MPR due to rain. But that didn’t stop the BBQ as volunteers armed with umbrellas and grills still made it happen.
Over 150 students joined faculty and staff in the MPR. The main objective of the gathering was to welcome new and old members, recognize recipients of scholarships and let students know about other on-campus groups. CEP is in its 28th year and currently has 500 students affiliated with the program. Also it is associated with several student clubs and organizations.
During the reception 68 grants and scholarships were recognized; 40 of them were Chicano Assistant Migrant Program (C.A.M.P.) grants. Describing the C.A.M.P. grants, Dr. Carlos Maldonado, the program’s director said, “The College Assistance Migrant Program is a $1.4 million five-year federal grant program donating scholarships to seasonal and migrant farm workers. This grant allows us to offer financial and academic support to students that may not have the ability to attend college.”
The event also gave student organizations the opportunity to let people know what they are about, including R.A.I.C.E.S. (Recognizing Identity with Education and Society), La Hermandad de OeMeTe and the newest group Latinas Leales, a colony of Kappa Delta Chi, which hopes later this year to become the second Latina sorority in the state. The main goal of these groups is to offer support and focus on the needs of the Latino community at EWU.
Maldonado has been involved with CEP at EWU since 1987. “Our main goal is to mentor and help in anyway with the success of these students. This program is open to anyone interested in Chicano education,” he said.