Lily Sanchez, Alexis Serna, Juan Aponte Ortiz and Yadi Rosales at Hispanic Heritage Networking Luncheon

As part of its activities for Hispanic Heritage Month, the UTC Office of Multicultural Affairs hosted a networking luncheon for Hispanic students, staff and community members.

The event, held Wednesday, Oct. 2, gathered about 40 students, staff and community members and gave them the opportunity to connect, said Assistant Director of Multicultural Affairs Christopher Stokes.

“We want to make sure our students on campus feel as though the university is a place they feel welcome,” he said. “Creating community within our community so they can feel more comfortable on campus and put them in contact with Hispanic liaisons so they don’t feel as isolated.”

Juan Aponte Ortiz, a freshman in political science, said the luncheon helped him meet other Hispanic students.

“It’s a great event to get to know each other and the resources available for us,” he said.

Local Realtor Yadi Rosales said she was invited to network with students, but also to remind them not to let barriers get in their way.

“It’s important for all of the students to know if you set your mind to something, you can do it.” Rosales continued. “Follow your heart and work in the industry that is going to make you happy.”

For additional information about Hispanic Heritage Month, contact the Office of Multicultural Affairs at 423-425-5648 or

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