Hispanic Organization for Latin Awareness (HOLA)

"Shared Roots, Many People"

The H.O.L.A Club (Hispanic Organization for Latin Awareness) is a student organization that upholds an appreciation for the richness and beauty of the Latin culture. We are a diligent group, dedicated to improving opportunities and services for Latino students as well as the student body as a whole. We want to assist fellow members in widening the knowledge and appreciation of the language and culture of Spain, Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean to the Iona Community.

Our purpose is to promote educational and cultural awareness of the invaluable contributions that Latino cultures have provided. We preserve this objective through enriching and recreational activities that we sponsor. During the past years, the organization has participated in and presented numerous cultural activities and have been involved in community service efforts. We encourage diverse membership (from all ethnic backgrounds) and provide a wide range of opportunities for all students (both Hispanic and non-Hispanic alike) in order to enhance student participation on campus.

Day: Thursdays
Time: Noon
Location: Doorley, Room 111

Contact Information
Akil Cardoza  or Denise Guillen

Executive Board

  • President: Akil Cardoza
  • Vice President: Denise Guillen
  • Secretary: Ashley Hernandez
  • Treasurer: Jilliana Pichardo
  • Public Relations: Aaliyah Cardenas
  • Community Service: Patrick Vilafana
  • Social Chair: Roberto Ayala and Paris Booker
  • Advisor: Teresa Delgado

Past events hosted by H.O.L.A include

  • Opening Ceremony for Hispanic Heritage Month
  • The Making of Friendship Bracelets
  • Latin Cooking Lesson
  • Becoming American Event
  • Reggae vs Reggaeton Party
  • La Dulce Vida Bake Sale
  • Salsa Lessons

Community Service

  • Success Center and Best Buddies Kickball Game
  • Hospitality Supper
  • Project Bro
  • Hospitality Mass
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Thanksgiving Basket Drive
  • The Project To End Human Trafficking Organization


Awarded "Commitment to Diversity" at the 8th Annual Gala For Achievement and Excellence in Leadership