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National Hispanic Heritage Month Student Spotlight: Jorge González Pérez

Published: 10/14/2020

Jorge González Pérez, student

Jorge González Pérez, student

As part of National Hispanic Heritage Month from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, Gannon University has joined those across the nation in celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period. It was enacted into law on Aug. 17, 1988.

“We are grateful for the presence of our Hispanic sisters and brothers, especially in the Gannon family, who bring the presence of peace and joy to enrich our community and promote a true dialogue of friendship,” said Gannon President Keith Taylor, Ph.D. “May this month inspire us to commit more intently to the work of solidarity in appreciating each culture’s unique contribution to the unity of our human family.”

The Gannon community is blessed to have students representing Spain, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, Venezuela, Nicaragua, and from the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico.

We got in touch with a few of these students to hear their stories, and we are delighted share a little about one of them here:

NAME: Jorge González Pérez
POSITION: International Hispanic Association
YEAR: Senior
MAJOR: Sport and Exercise Science

- "This program(Sport and Exercise Science) will help me develop myself as a professional by helping me understand how I can apply the basics I’m learning into a real life situation. I plan on using these practices to help develop Puerto Rican athletes. As a further goal, to help kids focus more on sports in order for them to get a better education. Rather than having them focusing on alcohol and drugs." 

- "Someone at Gannon who has impacted me greatly has been Suzanne Kitts and I am very grateful to have met her!"

- "I came to Gannon because it provided the best soccer and academic program for my future." 

- "Gannon has helped me grow as a person by giving me the necessary tools to adapt and feel comfortable in a new learning environment." 

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