#BLGU protest plans to spark discussion on being Latino at Georgetown

Screen Shot 2013-12-12 at 10.31.15 AMFollowing last week’s #BBGU protest, which was trending nationally on Twitter at one point, several students are planning a #BLGU (Being Latino/a at Georgetown University) protest to begin at 11 a.m. this morning and end at 11 p.m. this evening. The students planning the Twitter and Facebook protest worked with students behind #BBGU and said they have similar goals.

“I love Georgetown. I’ll be a Hoya for life. So I really want to see it improve, to be as inclusive as our Catholic and Jesuit ideals suggest it can be,” said Kevin Giovanni Magana (COL ’14), one of the students who started the Facebook event for the protest.

The immediate goal is to gain solidarity amongst Latinos at Georgetown, said another organizer, Antony Lopez (COL ’14). Magana also hopes that faculty and administration”recognize our concerns, and like #BBGU, to say ‘I hear you.'”

Magana also hopes that the University will increase focus on U.S. Latinos through the formation of an ethnic studies program and eventually implement a diversity requirement.

“A Catholic and Jesuit institution like Georgetown…should ensure that its student body be well equipped to engage in an increasingly heterogenous world,” Magana said. “We cannot afford to ignore the facts of a changing America, lest we risk serious gaps in the education of our students.”

Vox will keep you updated as the Twitter and Facebook protest continues. She’s hoping that other ethnic/racial groups wait ’til after her two finals if they also decide to also hold Twitter discussions.

Watch a live feed of @BLGU_’s Twitter account after the jump.

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