La Casa Latina

The Center for Hispanic Excellence: La Casa Latina is Penn's Latino cultural Center. La Casa Latina is a community space designed to serve the needs of all Latino/a students and the Penn communities at-large.

nuestro hogar—our home

for the students and staff of La Casa Latina
we begin in English, end in Spanish
here we fill ourselves with each other's dreams
and find a common language in laughter

five rooms come together to make a home
of walls covered in pride for all to see
we begin in English, end in Spanish

blanco
, black, and brown… our skin colors show
our mixed histories, they teach us to believe
and find a common language in laughter

those who wish to keep our voices unheard
will never understand us when we sing
we begin in English, end in Spanish

individuals unidos we grow
strong enough to break boarders, boundaries
and find a common language in laughter

nuestro hogar
, La Casa, our house, our home
let them know that we too are Ivy League
we begin in English, end in Spanish
and find a common language in laughter

By: Enmanuel Martinez, Class of 2011
Published in "La Vida Magazine"