Café con Leche at Scripps!

Scripps College’s SCORE (Scripps Communities of Resources and Empowerment), helps unite students from different backgrounds and identities through clubs and organizations. This creates an inclusive community in Scripps College that continues to thrive through the spaces provided to support underrepresented and historically marginalized students. 

I am proud to be part of Scripps’ Café con Leche, the Latinx student affinity group. Scripps’ Latinx affinity group helps provide a forum for discussion on economic, cultural, political and social issues in the Latinx community within and beyond Scripps College. Transitioning from a Black and Latino community and highschool to a predominantly white institution (PWI) was a big change. Racially minoritized students may also feel anxious and alone during this transition. Being part of Café con Leche became a space where I can celebrate my heritage and build a community. Our meetings range from having an exclusive Resume and LinkedIn workshop, taking trips to Los Angeles to visit the beach and a museum dedicated to Latin American art and talking about social issues that impact Latinx communities. SCORE has made it possible to give Café con Leche members and I the time and space to grow and have a sense of belonging. 

SCORE houses many other clubs and organizations such as Watu Weusi, Scripps’ Black Student Association and more! To learn more about the clubs and organizations that are currently active, check out Sydney’s blog post under Scripps Specific: Introduction to SCORE. 

Here are some past events that Café con Leche planned throughout my undergrad years! 

Ponte las Pilas- Celebrate black and brown students in the community with a dance party to bring a closer community within the colleges.

Latinx Open Mic Night- During Hispanic Heritage Month, Latinx identifying students and allies share their poetry, music, short stories, dance and anything they like to the community.

Quinceañera- A way to celebrate memories with Seniors as well as the continuation of Cafe Con Leche and its impact in the community.

Dia de los muertos- Collaboration with CLSA to honor and remember deceased loved ones. This includes setting up pictures of loved ones in the altar and decorating.

Noche de Cuentos (collab with Pomona College Latinx Alliance)- Latinx community and allies come together to share scary tales from different Latinx countries and enjoy fun festivities.

Student and Faculty Dinner- Cafe Con Leche invites Faculty to talk to members about their experiences and courses they’re offering to bring a closer knit between students and faculty in the community. 

Retreats (Beach Day/ Overnight)- Members plan a trip off campus to expand their knowledge outside the Scripps community while enjoying the trip with other members.

Viva LatinoAmerica (collab with Pomona College Latinx Alliance)- Dance party to bring Latinx identifying students and allies to enjoy a space together. This event celebrates multiple Latin countries and honors their independence. 

Study Break (collab with Pitzer College Latinx Student Union)- Give members and allies a way to meet other communities and a space to have a break from studying.

Meeting: Bullet Journaling and Calligraphy- A way for members to enjoy their creative side and enjoy journaling and calligraphy with each other.

Drum Circle- Bring a fun and learning experience to members of drumming and creating music together.

Black History Month: open conversation/ dialogue about being Afro-Latinx- Bring awareness when it comes to the identity of Afro-Latinx communities and the wide diverse experiences.

Snack Break (collab with Blend and AASU)- Give members and allies a way to meet other communities and a space to have a break from studying.

Board Games and Karaoke Night (collab with Pitzer College Latinx Student Union)- Create a closer community of Latinx students across colleges through fun activities that they can enjoy to meet other students.