Kassandra Goana, a sophomore double majoring in Spanish and psychology, and Richardo Jesus Cortez, a sophomore majoring in architecture, were crowned the 2020 Mr. & Miss Hispanic/Latinx OSU.
The Mr. & Miss Hispanic/Latinx OSU Scholarship pageant celebrates Oklahoma State’s undergraduate Hispanic student leaders and provides a platform for them to advocate for issues that affect their community.
Each year, contestants present the platforms they would work on as pageant winners. For example, Valentin Brito, a junior majoring in mechanical and aerospace engineering and the 2019 Mr. Hispanic/Latinx OSU spent his past year educating Hispanic families on mental health awareness and suicide prevention.
The 2020 winners will represent two distinct causes during their term: Goana will work on foster care awareness and Cortez will promote financial literacy.
The Hispanic Student Association, a sponsor of the scholarship pageant, makes its own efforts for members to be active participants in the community.
“We volunteer as translators for Stillwater families going through issues with immigration or health care,” said Brito, also a member of the Hispanic Student Association. “We are trying to become a resource to help keep families connected.”
The pageant and the Hispanic Student Association celebrate all facets of Hispanic culture and have created an atmosphere that values diversity while promoting community.
“The main goal of the Hispanic Student Association is to make sure that everyone feels welcome,” Brito said. “We want to embrace all Hispanic cultures to provide people a home away from home.”
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