Hispanic Area Council



To create a sense of awareness of all Hispanic and Latino cultures, help retain the Hispanic and Latino population in a university setting, provide opportunities for community service and involvement, and establish the success of the Council as a whole through the development of individual excellence.

HAC Meetings
  • When: 
    • In person Spring 2022 | Mondays (Biweekly) 

  • Where: 
    • Student Services Building | Room 155
  • Time:   
    • 5-6 PM 

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Hispanic Area Council


HAC Leadership 2021-22


Tashina BarberMonica Rodriguez Mesa - HAC Advisor


I am from Bogotá, Colombia. I enjoy working with diverse students and their families. 

B.A. Social Work, the University of La Salle from Bogotá, Colombia, and Masters in Education from Weber State University.

Neftali CastaƱeda - HAC PresidentNeftali Castañeda - 2021-22 HAC President


I am currently a sophomore in college pursuing a major in accounting and supply chain management. The main goal that I want to achieve in HAC is to drive awareness of the Hispanic community at Weber State and support them throughout their career. I enjoy getting involved with the student community at Weber State and trying to help students to make them feel welcome to college when I have the opportunity.

Trini Gonzales - HAC SecretaryTrini M. Gonzales - 2021-22 HAC Secretary 




I am a huge family person so I enjoy spending majority of my time with my family. During football season I dedicate my Sunday’s to watch football games. I enjoy spending time on my car. Most importantly, I love playing/practicing whatever sport my son is doing during the seasons. 

I joined HAC because I saw an opportunity to make an impact within the community and I wanted to be apart of it. I enjoy being able to give a helping hand in any way! 

Trini Gonzales - HAC SecretaryRachel Asencio -  2022-23 WSUSA Hispanic Student Senator 


Hello, my name is Rachel Asencio and I am Mexican, Guatemalan, American, who is passionate about helping the LatinX, Hispanic, Latino student community! I am an English Major in Education and I am hoping to get a minor in Spanish. I am currently working as a Peer Mentor at the Peer Mentor Program, and I will be training in the fall to work at the Writing Center. My goals for this position will be to help bring the LatinX community together and hopefully make a change in their lives by making school easier for all of us. I will be your voice when you need someone to speak for you and your friend when you need someone to listen. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me anytime at my email above! I hope to hear from you all soon.

Sincerely your representative, Rachel.


Hola, mi nombre es Raquel Asencio y soy Estadounidense de ascendencia Mexicana y Guatemalteca. ¡Me apasiona ayudar a la comunidad estudiantil Hispana/LatinX en Weber State! Estoy estudiando una carrera en enseñanza de inglés.Trabajo como mentora en el programa de Peer Mentoring en Weber State. En otoño entrenaré para trabajar en el Centro de Escritura. Mis objetivos para este puesto serán ayudar y unir a nuestra comunidad. Quiero hacer un cambio positivo en sus vidas al hacer que la escuela sea más fácil para todos. Seré tu voz y tu amigo cuando necesites. Si tiene alguna pregunta o inquietud, no dude en ponerse en contacto conmigo usando mi correo electrónico. Espero conocerlos a todos.

Atentamente su representante, Raquel. 



HAC Events 


in support of Ogden Refugees

In Support of Ogden Refugees: ( April 13, 2022 - April 28, 2022 )

The Hispanic Area Council in partnership with WSU Departments is seeking for donated items to support 20 refugee families living in Ogden from: Romania, Africa, India, Afghanistan, Syria and Guatemala.

Please help us to collect/donated items from April 13-28, 2022. Drop out items at assigned WSU campus locations. Use this link to see the items in need. Thank you for your support!

Día de Los Muertos - Day of the Dead: (November 1, 2021 - November 5, 2021)


Día de Los Muertos Celeebration at WSU | WSU Shepherd Union Gallery | November 1, 2021 

Bread of the Dead (Pan de Muerto), Hot Chocolate and Alter Making |  Monday, November 1, 2021 | 12 - 2 PM | In person while supplies last


Día de Los Muertos at The Monarch | 455 25th St, Ogden, UT 84401 |  November 1, 2021 

Make Skull Hand Warmers | Monday, November 1, 2021 | 6 - 6:40 PM / 7 - 7:40 PM | In person event, materials provided | 25 attendees per session | Center for Multicultural Excellence | Link to register: https://weber.givepulse.com/event/register2/261039

Sugar Skulls Kit | Monday, November 1, 2021 | 6 - 6:40 PM and 7 - 7:40 PM | In person event, materials provided | 25 attendees per session | Hispanic Area Council (HAC) |  Link to register: https://weber.givepulse.com/event/register2/261039

Catrina Face Painting Tutorial | Monday, November 1, 2021 | 6 - 6:40 PM and 7 - 7:40 PM | In person event, materials provided | 25 attendees per session | WSU Ballet Folklórico | Link to register: https://weber.givepulse.com/event/register2/261039 


Las Cafeteras and WSU Ballet Folklórico performing at The Monarch | 455 25th St, Ogden, UT 84401 | November 1, 2021 

WSU Ballet Folklórico Performance: 6:15 - 6:45 PM

Mariachi Aguilas De La Esperanza Performance: 7 - 8 PM

Las Cafeteras Performance : 8:15 - 9:45 PM 

Hispanic Heritage Month: (September 15 - October 15, 2021)


David Romero, Mexican-American Spoken Word Artist and Performer | Wednesday, September, 156-8PM | Virtual Event - Zoom | Link to register: https://weber.zoom.us/.../register/WN_8zQ3HxQCSEWai6PrIec13A | WSU Office of the President

Bicentenario Celebration | Wednesday, September 15 | 6PM-9PM| Gallivan Center, SLC | Grito de Independencia 6:50 pm | Salt Lake City, Mexican Consulate

Latin American Cuisine | September 8, 15, 22 and 29 | Cost $4-10 dollars | 11 AM-12:30 PM | Cafeteria | Davis Applied Technology College

School Supply Drive | Thursday, September 16 | Donate school materials for low income students | Shepherd Union Building | 8 AM-8 PM | Diversity and Inclusive Programs

Town Hall with VP of Diversity and Multicultural Senators | Taco Tuesday | Tuesday, September 21 | Shepherd Union Building, Room 305 | 3- 4:30 PM | Diversity and Inclusive Programs

Lotería and Educational Resources for the Ogden Community | Thursday, September 23 | WSU Community Education Center | Light Refreshments and Door Prizes | 4:30-6:30 PM | WSU Hispanic Senator

Photo Booth and Live Music by Carlos Eligio Garcia | Thursday, September 30 | WSU Bell Tower | 5-6 PM | WSU Ballet Folklórico


Vida, Muerte, Justicia / Life, Death, Justice: Latin American and LatinX Art for the 21st century | October 1- Nov. 24 | Ogden Contemporary Art (The Monarch) & Shaw Gallery Project Space at Weber State | Opening, October 1 | Art exhibit of 24 International & National Artists Curated by Jorge Rojas and Maria del Mar Gonzalez Curators | Department of Visual Art and Design | Art Exhibit

Frida Kahlo Portrait Lead by Ayne Velasquez | Friday, October 1 | WSU Community Education Center | Light Refreshments and Door Prizes | 4:30-6:30 PM | In-Person

Agustín Casasola (1874-1938) | October | M-F 8AM-8PM | WSU Shepherd Union Building and Bridge | CME and A&D | Art Exhibit

Latin American and/or LatinX: Differences and Affinities talk by Dr. Mari Carmen Ramírez Wortham Curator of Latin American Art and Director of the ICAA at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston | Followed by a conversation with Dr. María del Mar González-González | October 6 | 6-9 pm (OCA) 5-9 p.m. (WSU Shaw Gallery Project Space) | OCA Center and WSU Shaw Gallery Project Space, Kimball Visual Arts Center | Zoom: 


La Conquista de América | Yo Sé Quién Sabe, Lo Que Usted No Sabe | Puppet Show | Family Friendly | Saturday, October 9 | M-F 11AM-12PM | Via Zoom | https://weber.zoom.us/j/95724200819... | Hispanic Area Council

2021 Hispanic Heritage Month, Proclamation |  Tuesday, October 12 | WSU Access and Diversity with Student Leaders| 6PM | Ogden City Council Chambers | In-Person | Ogden CIty


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