Hurricane Relief Benefit

December 18, 2017

Puerto Rico relief panelistsWheelock College's Office of Multicultural Student Affairs and the Counseling Center co-sponsored a hurricane relief benefit event for Puerto Rico called SOMOS UNIDOS in collaboration with La Herencia Latina. The mission of this event was to increase awareness about what is currently happening in Puerto Rico, and how this crisis reflects greater societal oppressions and inequalities in America. The event was MC'ed by two students from La Herencia Latina, Alejandra Rodriguez and Tivisay Sanchez.

During the event, attendees heard from two Boston Police Officers, Officer Hernandez and Officer Cruz, who were sent to the island after the hurricane to assist FEMA. They provided information about what FEMA is currently doing and how help is being assigned throughout the island. The event also featured remarks from Jeremy Colon, who is a life coach and personal trainer in Boston looking to spread awareness. The final speaker was Jose Masso, WBUR Con Salsa Radio Host, who has dedicated his life to celebrating the island through music, as well as influences large audiences with his activism.

The panel discussion was followed by Salsa and Bachata dance instruction led by June Cardona from Wheelock's Counseling Center. Members of the Wheelock community were able to throw on their dance shoes and participate in dance steps.

La Herencia Latina was able to collect donations to send back to the island. The event ended with music DJ'ed by Professor Willie Rodriguez, who has been a strong advocate for those still living on Puerto Rico and families in the US affected by the hurricane. He is still collecting donations as well. The Wheelock community will continue to collect donations and support the island of Puerto Rico. Somos Unidos!

Pictured Panelists (Left to Right): Boston Police Officer Hernandez, Jeremy Colon, Boston Police Officer Cruz, Jose Masso

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