Hispanic Heritage Month


UC Alumni Association Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

The UC Alumni Association proudly joins with our Hispanic and Latino Bearcats to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from Sept. 15 through Oct. 15. The full UC success story cannot be told, and would not be so inspiring, without the great contributions of our Hispanic and Latino alumni and students.

The article "Somos familia" discusses the history of Latinx student groups at the University of Cincinnati. In the 1990s, when there were few Latinx students on campus, Rafael Rennella, a student leader from Argentina, helped found several student groups, including Hispanic Engineers and Latinos en Acción (now Latinx en Acción). Rennella's advocacy paved the way for students like Diana Gutierrez Navarro who found a sense of community and belonging in Latinx en Acción. The group's motto, "somos familia," or "we are family," reflects the close-knit relationships that students form through the group.

Rafael Rennella Headshot

This Hispanic Heritage Month, we are calling on alumni and friends to support the Rafael Rennella Memorial Scholarship. Rafael Rennella arrived in the U.S. from Argentina in 1979 and became a student leader at UC. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering in 1994 and founded the Hispanic Engineers group at the university. He also devoted himself to the Emerging Ethnic Engineers program and helped found Latinos en Acción. An asthma attack just a year after graduation cut short Rafael's life at age 26. To honor his memory, the scholarship fund was created by students, staff, faculty, alumni and his fellow Procter & Gamble employees. The scholarship rewards students for their leadership, passion and dedication in serving UC and the Greater Cincinnati community.

Snapshots of Hispanic UC Excellence

These Bearcats constitute just a few of the countless alumni who continue to collectively write the Hispanic UC success story.

Previously Featured Alumni

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Make a Gift

Make a gift to the Rafael Rennella Memorial Scholarship fund to support and reward students for their leadership, passion and dedication in serving UC and the Greater Cincinnati community.

About UC Latino Alumni Network (UCLAN)

UCLAN is an affinity group focusing on the Latino alumni experience. If you identify as Latino or Hispanic, you’re already considered part of the network — all you need to do is get involved!

The UC Alumni Association exists to serve the University of Cincinnati and its 350,000+ alumni across the United States and throughout the world. Learn more about how to stay connected with your alma mater and get involved in more than 50 college-, interest- and location-based alumni networks, including the UC Latino Alumni Network.