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Association of Latin American Students (ALAS) Facebook

Mission Statement

To encourage and support students in pursuing higher education and to promote diversity through educational, cultural and social events.

The Association of Latin American Students, an organization for all students, supports recreational, cultural, and educational activities that promote Hispanic/Latino culture and diversity awareness.

Who can Join?  ANY WIU-QC Student is welcome to join!  Spanish Majors/Minors, Latin Studies Majors/Minors, ESL Majors/Minors are encouraged to join!

ALAS Officers and Advisor


President: Elizabeth Medina -

Vice-President: Mariela A. Gutierrez -

Treasurer:  Marisela L. Payan -

Secretary: Dulce Guerrero -

ALAS Advisor is Temia Rice. Email:

Recent Awards

2011-12 Outstanding Student Group Advisor Award - Carmen Sandoval
2011-12 Outstanding Student Leadership Award - Mariela Gutierrez
2011-12 Outstanding student Group of the year nominee

ALAS Events and Activities
ALAS Members
  • Hispanic Heritage Month
  • Represent WIU at the Mexican Independance Day Parade
  • Volunteer at the annual VIVA Quad Cities Fiesta
  • El dia de Los Muertos Celebration
  • Volunteer at the annual QC Festival of Trees
  • WIU-QC Holiday Fiesta
  • Latino Movie Night
  • Speak at Elementary schools during college week
  • Black History Month
  • Salsa Night
  • Pre-finals Fiesta
  • Volunteer at the annual QC VIVA Cinco de Mayo Fiesta
  • Help out with SOE's Block Party
  • Team up with other WIU-QC groups
  • Team up with other college ALAS' groups
  • Go to QC Hispanic Chamber of Commerce events
  • Guest Speakers
  • Latino Conferences
  • Fundraiser Events
Upcoming Events


Aug 13, 2014 - 4:00 PM
New Student Orientation
Aug 14, 2014 - 10:00 AM
New Student Orientation

Contact Information

Curtis Williams
Email: Phone: (309) 762-9481

Temia Rice
Phone: (309) 762-9481

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