Julián David Ramírez Barrera, student.
As part of National Hispanic Heritage Month from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, Gannon University has joined those across the nation in celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.
The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period. It was enacted into law on Aug. 17, 1988.
“We are grateful for the presence of our Hispanic sisters and brothers, especially in the Gannon family, who bring the presence of peace and joy to enrich our community and promote a true dialogue of friendship,” said Gannon President Keith Taylor, Ph.D. “May this month inspire us to commit more intently to the work of solidarity in appreciating each culture’s unique contribution to the unity of our human family.”
The Gannon community is blessed to have students representing Spain, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, Venezuela, Nicaragua, and from the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico.
We got in touch with a few of these students to hear their stories, and we are delighted share a little about one of them:
NAME: Julián David Ramírez Barrera
POSITION: International Hispanic Association, treasurer
MAJOR: Industrial Engineering
FROM: Bogota, Colombia
- "During my academic program, I have been able to understand the importance of using the available resources in the most effective and efficient way, in order to obtain excellent results. This has allowed me to develop skills that will surely lead me to generate work for other people and share my knowledge with them, not only to create jobs but to create relationships with them."
- "Thanks to the Hispanic community in Gannon I have been able to learn a lot about other cultures that I didn't know before, which has helped me grow personally in a very special way. In addition, the university offers a very good industrial engineering program with many advantages over other universities."