The Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business MBA is launching a Latin American Club with the help of inaugural club president and Evening MBA student Kelci Reyes-Brannon. Reyes-Brannon wanted to start the club to provide a space for Full-time, Evening, and Executive MBA students to connect with fellow members of the Hispanic/Latino/a/x/e community and its allies.
“With the increasing diversity of Scheller students, it felt important to create a stronger network across our current students, alumni, and the Latino business community,” said Reyes-Brannon. “We want to help members of our organization feel prepared and empowered to become future leaders in business.”
The Latin American Club is hosting its inaugural event on Friday, October 15, with a student and alumni panel from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. The event will be held live at Scheller in room 300 and streamed live online. The panel will discuss how background and culture has impacted their personal experiences within their careers and at Scheller. Panelists include Mary Luz Arfeli, an Executive MBA student; Marilia Brochetto, an Evening MBA alumna; and Daniel Diaz, an Evening MBA alumnus. The panelists will share their experiences for the first 45 minutes and the event will conclude with a Q&A from the in-person and virtual audience.
“We hope the MBA Latin American Club will help increase awareness of the multifaceted identities within the Latinx/Hispanic community at Scheller,” said Reyes-Brannon. “It is important for students to have a space to be open and feel a continued sense of community, especially within the current social climate. We want to acknowledge how our culture is to be shared and celebrated as part of our personal and profession journey before, during, and after we complete our MBA.”
The Latin American Club is planning on hosting professional, social, and cultural events throughout the year. At the end of the Fall 2021 semester, the club will host a social, and in Spring 2022, a roundtable discussion focused on the topic “What’s in a Name: Latinx/o/a vs. Hispanic.” Joining Reyes-Brannon on the club's board are Full-time MBA students Luis Trejo, vice president, and Sara Rios, vice president.
For more information on the Latin American Club and how to join or get involved, email Reyes-Brannon.