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Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers endorses Isaiah Hamilton for DSG president

(03/01/23 4:22am)

After careful deliberation, The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers would like to officially endorse Isaiah Hamilton for DSG presidency for the 2023-2024 academic year. We believe his pillars of Inclusivity, Mindfulness, and Humility align closely with our own organization’s pillars and vision for the Duke community. His ambitions for a multicultural building resonated all around our board, as it would establish a strong sense of community and a permanent space for Latinx groups at Duke. SHPE did not endorse the recent movement of La Casa, and we firmly believe Isaiah would expand our voices so concerns such as these are heard more clearly in future decisions so that our community is not negatively impacted. Considering our group’s large STEM makeup, we admire his commitment to analyze the engineering and science curriculum through surveys, with the goal to expand program options and specializations.

Our demands, our voice

(01/28/22 5:00pm)

The Latinx community at Duke has a rich history spanning decades. Yet, Latinx students have time and time again reported feelings of otherness or invisibility during their time at Duke. The creation of many Latinx organizations on campus was to combat these feelings and provide a safe space for the Latinx community. However, according to the Campus Climate Survey, Latinx students and staff still face microaggressions and feel uncomfortable on campus. The driving forces behind these sentiments lie much deeper within the structure of the university as a whole. As a result, in 1997, 2003, 2005 and 2016, students have published demands to hold administration accountable. The milestones and history of the Latinx community can be seen in the new Perkins exhibit Our History, Our Voice: Latinx at Duke. Although there have been great wins for the community, such as the creation of La Casa, these were rarely what the students demanded and have proven insufficient.