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Elaina Gonzoles-Wurtzel ’13

Hispanic Heritage Month was started by President Lyndon Johnson in 1986 and later expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988. The observation annually occurs for 30 days, Sept. 15 through  Oct. 15. The month of September is an important date for Latin American countries all around the world. Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua all celebrate the anniversary of their independence on Sept. 15, and Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence on Sept. 16 and Sept. 18, respectively.

Olivet celebrates this period of 30 days each year by holding a variety of events. Students recently enjoyed a Hispanic Heritage Month dinner in the Kirk Center, featuring a teaching demonstration and an authentic Hispanic dish. In addition, Elaina Gonzoles-Wurtzel ’13 will be the honored Hispanic Heritage Month speaker on Tuesday, Sept. 22, at 7 p.m. via Zoom. She will speak on the importance of honoring Hispanic Heritage Month and how her involvement in the student organization Latinos Unidos impacted her leadership and career.

Gonzoles-Wurtzel was born and raised in Lansing, Michigan. She graduated from Lansing Eastern High School with the Libertad Full Tuition Scholarship to Olivet College, given specifically to Latinx students from Lansing.

During her time on campus, Gonzoles-Wurtzel was involved with Latinos Unidos and the Olivet College chapter of the American Marketing Association (AMA). She also worked as a student associate and teacher’s assistant. By her senior year, Gonzoles-Wurtzel was president of both Latinos Unidos and Olivet’s AMA chapter. She was also the recipient of the Diversity Award on campus. Gonzoles-Wurtzel graduated in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in business administration with a concentration in marketing.

Since graduating, Gonzoles-Wurtzel has worked in sales, management and customer service. She is currently employed as a premium analyst at Accident Fund in Lansing, where she lives with her husband and son. In her spare time, Gonzoles-Wurtzel enjoys spending time with her family, kickboxing, crocheting and writing.

There will be an informational meeting for restating the Latinos Unidos student club for spring 2021 on Thursday, Oct. 15, at 4 p.m. via Zoom. If you would like to be a part of the club, contact Jason Meadows, associate dean for student engagement, at jmeadows@olivetcollege.edu.

Learn more about Olivet College by contacting the Office of Admissions at 800-456-7189 or admissions@olivetcollege.edu.

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