Smithsonian Exhibit on Latino
Achievement Opens at TAMIU
March 1 - May 12
A national exhibition focusing on Latino achievement developed by the
Smithsonian Latino Center will make its historic appearance at Texas A&M
International University’s Student Center March 1 through May 12,
The exhibition is open to the public and free of charge.
“Our Journeys/Our Stories: Portraits of Latino Achievement” presents
narratives and portraits of 24 individuals and one extended family that
provide a look at the experiences of U.S. Latinos who have made significant
contributions to American life.
Dr. Ray Keck, TAMIU president, said the bilingual exhibition’s appearance
at the University is historic.
“We are delighted to be the host of this important exhibit that offers
a remarkable affirmation of the many Latino gifts to our nation. This is
a first for Laredo and a first for TAMIU. We hope that every Laredoan and
member of our regional communities will take advantage of this rare opportunity,” Dr.
The exhibition, its national tour and related programs are made possible
by Ford Motor Company Fund. Ford Motor Company Fund has also
provided support for the exhibition’s presentation in Laredo and for
related education programs scheduled.
Raquel “Rocky” Egusquiza, Director of Community Development
and International Strategy, Ford Motor Company Fund, said
the exhibition goes to the heart of Latino success stories.
“These stories celebrate what’s at the heart of so many Latino
success stories – a desire to achieve and make a difference. Visitors
to this Smithsonian exhibit will have the opportunity to learn about Latinos
who have made varying, but very important contributions to the American fabric,” Egusquiza
The mission of the Smithsonian Latino Center is to foster
understanding and appreciation of Latino history and culture
using the vast resources of the Smithsonian’s collections, research and public programs, both
in Washington and across the United States. The exhibition’s
tour is coordinated by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling
Exhibition Services (SITES), which has been sharing the
wealth of the Smithsonian collections and research programs
with millions of people outside of Washington, D.C. for
more than 50 years.
For additional information, contact the TAMIU Office of
Public Relations, Marketing and Information Services at
956.326.2180 or visit offices in the Sue and Radcliffe Killam
Library room 268.
University office hours are from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday-Friday.
Stories Calendar of Events (PDF)
Opening Night Reception - Photo Gallery
Smithsonian Latino Center:
Latino Virtual Gallery:
Ford Motor Company Fund
TAMIU Student Center
TAMIU Office of Institutional Advancement
TAMIU Portraits of Alumni Achievement:
Alumni Achievement (PDF)
In the News:
Morning Times 01-31-2007 (pdf)
The Art of Living
- LMT 03-11-2007 (pdf)
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