WHAT IS BROWN LASO?
Brown Latin American Student Organization (LASO) is a student organization open to Latino-identifying undergraduate students and to those who desire to learn more about Latino community and culture. We strive to cultivate a sense of identity, community, and unity through campus outreach, greater community involvement, and numerous other activities. We hope to foster understanding by sharing the culture and experience of people of Latin American descent at Brown and beyond.
Eligibility for LASO is open to all full-time undergraduate members of the Brown community. LASO does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, age, national or ethnic origin, disability, status as a veteran, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or sex.
WHAT DOES LASO DO?
- Weekly Group Meetings
- Serves as a community and support system for all Latino-Identifying/ interested students
- Works with the Brown Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies (CLACS)
- Organizes and participates in community service projects
- Serves as a resource for academic and professional opportunity and development
- Works with Admissions on activities such as preview weekends, ADOCH, Third World Welcome, etc.
- Sponsors events that bring together students and faculty
- Hosts a first-year social to welcome all first-years
- Organizes an Executive Board retreat
- Participates in the Latino Ivy League Conference and similar events of interest
- Organizes a LASO retreat for all members
- Organizes Latino Senior Recognition Night during the second semester
A LITTLE LASO HISTORY AND OUR MISSION
LASO was founded in 1974 as a political and academic advocacy group for Latino Students. LASO continues to be one of the largest Latino/Latino-Identifying groups at Brown.
LASO has changed and evolved over the years to serve the needs of the Latino community at Brown.
The present LASO works to unite Latino/Latino-Identifying students in a family-style community. We work together to foster understanding amongst ourselves and to reach out to the greater Brown and Providence community.
Latino means something different to everyone. Some of us grew up in places where we were the minority, sometimes the majority; for some of us Spanish is a foreign language, for others Spanish is our native language; for some of us "Latino" is a large part of our identity, for others of us "Latino" is an identity we have yet to explore. Through sharing and community building, LASO can unite us even in our differences to enrich our years at Brown.