Posted: 1/25/07

Smithsonian Exhibit on Latino Achievement Opens at TAMIU



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, 2007.

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. Keck said.

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 explained.

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.

Journalists who need additional information or help with media requests and interviews should contact the Office of Public Relations, Marketing and Information Services at prmis@tamiu.edu