With the increasing number of Latino undergraduate students who apply and enroll at NIU each year, Latino Resource Center Director Emily Prieto wanted to establish an honor society that would encourage academics, development and solidarity among this population.
From personal experience, Prieto understands that Latino students can benefit from support through innovative programming and strategic engagement. Her own mentor, Adela de la Torre, motivated and influenced her throughout her graduate and doctorate programs.
In honor of her mentor, Prieto decided to name this new honor society the Dr. Adela de la Torre Honor Society (ATHS) so that the legacy of success through education can be envisioned and embodied by all future members.
As the first Latino Honor Society on campus, ATHS membership eligibility is based on several prerequisites that exemplify qualities of outstanding students. Those interested in becoming members of ATHS need to provide evidence and continue their commitment to academics, scholarship, leadership and service.
ATHS membership guarantees opportunities that will allow students to develop strategic connections as well to further develop cultural exploration and growth. Amongst other benefits, members of the society will receive unique networking experiences and have ample opportunities to work with other Latino members of surrounding communities.
Applications to join the ATHS were mailed out during the fall semester; the application deadline for this year has passed.
The first induction ceremony will be held Sunday, April 15, where admitted students will be recognized as the first ATHS members.
For additional information about the ATHS, membership or benefits, or to learn how to become a sponsor, contact Vanessa Segundo at (815) 753-8273 or [email protected].