Title

Solidaridad (solidarity)

Poster Number

2

Lead Author Major

Communication

Format

Poster Presentation

Faculty Mentor Name

Erin Rausch

Faculty Mentor Department

Center for Community Involvement

Abstract/Artist Statement

This year’s ASB team spent seven days of spring break in Cholula, Mexico doing community service work throughout the city. We saw many beautiful sights, and met even more beautiful people. We ventured there hoping to change their lives, but they changed ours. The very first day we were in the heart of the city. We visited the Mayan and Aztec pyramid ruins with the Spanish church on top. As I was walking up to the ruins, a man and his son stopped me and asked me where I was from. I replied, ‘California’, he immediately shook my hand and thanked me for coming to his country. This was the first exchange I had with someone in Mexico and I will remember it for the rest of my life. His gratitude and how he welcomed me to his country was so genuine and I found that this exchange mirrored every other one I would have on my trip. I learned that those who have the least, often give the most and that a home or a community is not determined by material wealth, but instead, by the people that surround you. This collage is meant to mirror the Aztec and Mayan ruins, the volcano that was always in sight, and the many faces of the generous people we met in Cholula.

Location

Tiger Lounge

Start Date

21-4-2012 10:00 AM

End Date

21-4-2012 12:00 PM

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Apr 21st, 10:00 AM Apr 21st, 12:00 PM

Solidaridad (solidarity)

Tiger Lounge

This year’s ASB team spent seven days of spring break in Cholula, Mexico doing community service work throughout the city. We saw many beautiful sights, and met even more beautiful people. We ventured there hoping to change their lives, but they changed ours. The very first day we were in the heart of the city. We visited the Mayan and Aztec pyramid ruins with the Spanish church on top. As I was walking up to the ruins, a man and his son stopped me and asked me where I was from. I replied, ‘California’, he immediately shook my hand and thanked me for coming to his country. This was the first exchange I had with someone in Mexico and I will remember it for the rest of my life. His gratitude and how he welcomed me to his country was so genuine and I found that this exchange mirrored every other one I would have on my trip. I learned that those who have the least, often give the most and that a home or a community is not determined by material wealth, but instead, by the people that surround you. This collage is meant to mirror the Aztec and Mayan ruins, the volcano that was always in sight, and the many faces of the generous people we met in Cholula.