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Arlyn Moreno Luna sitting on campus stairway

Mi Familia Weekend: Celebrating Diversity

Arlyn Moreno Luna, originator of Mi Familia Weekend

The sixth annual Mi Familia Weekend welcomed Hispanic students and their families to experience the campus and enjoy special events during May 12-13. The events during the weekend, free and open to all, featured inspirational guest speakers, multicultural food, dances, musical and a fashion show, entertaining carnival games, workshop sessions, campus tours and more.

Watch the special College of Science welcome video!

Get a complete list of 2017 Mi Familia events here. Mi Familia events are bilingual, offering Spanish and English translation throughout the entire program.

Mi Familia events are bilingual, offering Spanish and English translation throughout the entire program.

The Mi Familia Weekend theme for this year is "Exploring Communities, Expanding Knowledge//"Explorando Comunidades, Ampliando el Conocimiento." The program will kick-off with a Polynesian dinner and a welcome address by Biff Traber, Corvallis Mayor.

Other guest speakers throughout the program include Julie Greenwood, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies, Susie Brusker-Cole, Vice Provost of Student Affairs, and Octaviano Merecinas-Cuevas, Associate Director for the Center for Latin Studies and Engagement in the College of Liberal Arts.

Mi Familia Weekend was started in 2011 by Arlyn Moreno Luna, an undergraduate at Oregon State University. It was created to foster a sense of belonging on campus among Hispanic/Latino students by welcoming their families to OSU.

The weekend is designed to connect families of diverse and underrepresented students with the Oregon State community. Mi Familia celebrates and promotes inclusivity and diversity on campus.

Last year as many as 500 students and families participated in Mi Familia events. According to a Mi Familia coordinator, the family weekend is driven by the belief that "by providing the opportunity for the Hispanic/Latino families to experience life as a student at OSU, there will be greater support from those families to encourage their children to remain in college."

Mi Familia Weekend 2017 is sponsored by Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS) and Society for Advancing Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS).