Many students who live on campus can find it difficult to be away from home.

Second-year gender, ethnic and multicultural studies student, and San Diego resident Karla Martinez says she found a home away from home through the Hermanas Unidas club.

“The campus was new to me and I was so used to being surrounded by people from my culture,” Martinez said. “Sometimes being on such a big campus can make you feel alone, but ever since I joined Hermanas Unidas I’ve felt at home with them.”

Hermanas Unidas held a Conchas and Ice Cream fundraiser last Thursday in University Park.

Hermanas Unidas was created for Chicana/Latinas on campus who focus on creating a family for members, and to provide academic and community resources through three pillars in academics, community service and collegiate networking.

Hermanas Unidas focuses on creating a family for members and provides academic and community resources. (Swapna Vettiyil | The Poly Post)

Funds raised will go towards two scholarships offered at the end of the year that honor hermanas who exemplify academic success and women empowerment.

“Funds will help us host our scholarship banquet and pay for transportation needs,” second-year urban and regional planning student and academic chair of Hermanas Unidas Michelle Perez said. “We also try to subsidize prices for members, because we never want them to shy away from events just because they can’t afford it.”

Hermanas Unidas gives students a comfortable space to be surrounded by their culture and friends while on campus.

Hermanas Unidas reaches out to different communities on campus to bring inclusivity to the club.  

Fourth-year communication student Angel Valencia came to Cal Poly Pomona only knowing a few people, and joining Hermanas Unidas gave her a group of friends as well as great networking opportunities.

“I am proud to be part of Hermanas Unidas because we push for women education and women empowerment,” Valencia said. “Anybody can join, but most of us consist of women of color and Latina women.”

For students interested in joining, Hermanas Unidas can be found on Facebook and Instagram @haudecpp.

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