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MSC SCOLA 2023: ‘Focusing On The Present To Ensure Our Future’

The Student Conference On Latinx Affairs (SCOLA) will challenge student leaders to focus on the influence of the Latinx community.
By Jamie Arrexi, Texas A&M University Division of Student Affairs March 28, 2023

a woman speaking to others at the MSC SCOLA event in 2022
MSC SCOLA is celebrating its 35th year.

Texas A&M University Division of Student Affairs


“Forjando Nuestro Presente: I Dared to Dream,” is this year’s MSC Student Conference On Latinx Affairs (SCOLA) theme. The conference, March 31-April 1, will focus on the influence the Latinx community has in the present and the community’s ability to “cherish, change and inspire the current world.

Mariana De Hoyos ‘23, chair of MSC SCOLA, said the conference provides a safe and welcoming place for the Latinx community and those wanting to learn about the issues facing the community. 

“MSC SCOLA is a really special place at Texas A&M University that has completely changed my life,” she said. “Our organization is like a home away from home, and I feel so proud to work together with other bright students to execute a meaningful and impactful conference on Latinx affairs. Together we educate, enrich and bring awareness to Latinx issues affecting our community.” 

Considered the nation’s largest student-led conference on Latinx affairs, MSC SCOLA team members say they strive to create stimulating discussion and interaction to create a life-changing experience. 

“This conference has single-handedly been the most impactful student organization I have been involved in because of the outreach it achieves,” said Diana Benito, MSC SCOLA vice chair of programs. “I get to plan a conference with individuals who have encountered the same struggles as mine and watch our delegates share their experiences and grow through education and representation. MSC SCOLA has given me a knowledge of professional development, confidence, and appreciation for my Hispanic heritage. I would not have gained this experience anywhere else. I will forever hold onto the lessons I’ve learned and consider them a great gift.” 

Ahmarlay Myint, program adviser, is excited to mark a major anniversary for the conference. 

“MSC Student Conference on Latinx Affairs is celebrating its 35th year,” she said. “Conferences like MSC SCOLA provide Texas A&M students with experiences that pave the path to success for our future Aggie leaders through educational and professional development opportunities. It’s all about creating moments to learn, expanding their knowledge and improving.” 

This year’s keynote speakers include: 

  • Dr. Juana Bordas, president of Mestiza Leadership International
  • Christiana Hernandez, payload systems engineer
  • Shayla Rivera, aerospace engineer and professor of practice
  • Dr. Ivett Leyva, aerospace engineer and professor
  • Dr. Annie McGowan, vice president and associate provost for diversity at Texas A&M

 The conference will take place in the MSC. For the full agenda, visit 

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