A Few Words about Acción Puertorriqueña and its goals
We are a student organization dedicated to building a large, united and healthy Puerto Rican community with a strong cultural identity. We also aim to provide a lively social environment and a chance to pursue those scholarly interests that lie outside the scope of the existing curriculum. Everyone who identifies with the Puerto Rican heritage, regardless of geographic or ethnic origin, is encouraged to join and participate.
Acción reaches out to the wider Princeton Community in events such as the International Festival, Latino Heritage Month, Communiversity, and Noche de Cultura. We serve traditional food, exhibit Puerto Rican artwork, and perform dances to Latin rhythms. Other Cultural activities last year included parrandas, and trips to places in New York such as the Nuyorican Poet’s Café.
Since there are not many of us, we really don't want you to strain yourself looking! We throw small Salsa parties in different rooms throughout the semester. Those are separated from the mega-popular ones at the Student Center, with well-known bands. We also regularly schedule study breaks with typical foods, and organize basketball and volleyball games with other student organizations.
Acción brings prominent Puerto Rican speakers to talk on issues that are important to us. Last year we were honored by visits from former US Surgeon General Antonia Novello and San Juan Mayor and PPD Party President Héctor Luis Acevedo. We work closely with the Latin American Studies Department to bring lectures of interest, and through our efforts, Professor Juan Flores, the Director of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College, is teaching a course on our migration experience and cultural identity as reflected in music.
We provide the opportunity to get involved by keeping close relationships with groups like the Coalition Against Proposition 187, the Chicano Caucus, Alumni Relations, Community Outreach programs, the Faculty, Administration Officials, and other minority associations. In fact, our members have played a key role in the effort to bring Latino Studies to campus. However, due to the nature of university support, official involvement by the organization in political activities must be limited to communication and information distribution. How far you go is up to you.