Alfredo Montalvo, professor of sociology and criminology, is originally from Puerto Rico, but has been in Emporia for 19 years. He said he does not see himself leaving anytime soon.
In celebration of Hispanic Heritage month, the Hispanic American Leadership Organization (HALO) hosted the Successful Latinos Forum 1 Oct. 5. This small event brought three Latino Emporia State professors to talk about their own journeys toward success, giving students motivation and inspiration.
The speakers at the event offered several key concepts on how to become professional.
“We live in a society where kids are not supposed to stare at people or ask questions,” Mantalvo said. “They have lost their sense of curiosity.”
Clarisso Carillo, vice president of HALO and junior economics major, asked the professors if there was ever a time when they had thought about giving up.
“In a way, if you’re just following your passion, then you don’t think about not doing it,” said Jorge Ballester, professor of physics. “It just comes naturally to keep doing what you’re doing.”
Gregory Robinson, assistant professor Spanish, said there were moments in school when he thought, “No more,” but whenever he had those thoughts, he remembered that he needed to continue.
“I would not give this up, and that mindset keeps you going,” Robinson said.
Finding a way to relieve stress is essential when taking harder graduate or undergraduate classes, Robinson said.
“You have to encourage yourself first, and take advantage of the opportunities right in front of you,” he said.
Robinson, who has only been a faculty member at ESU since 2011, said he loves the feeling at the university.
“I was happy to come to ESU because it was a small setting, very much similar to the one I got my teaching degree,” Robinson said. “I feel like I’m at home in that sense.”
Esmeralda Vasquez, member of HALO and junior economics major, said there will be another forum coming up to discuss and address stereotypes about different types of Mexicans.