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L.A.S.O is the Latin American Student Organization
and was founded in 1997 at Towson University.
We are a strong and growing organization that celebrates our heritage and culture by sponsoring educational and social activities on and off campus.
Hispanic vs. Latino, What's the Correct Terminology?
Fact: L.A.S.O. was originally named H.S.A. for Hispanic Student Association that name was changed in 1999 to Latin American Student Organization.
The name change came about upon our understanding between the two terms "Hispanic" and "Latino".
We learned that the term "Hispanic" refers to only those of the European and Spanish ancestry. On the other hand, "Latino" is more of an all inclusive term that refers to all people of the Spanish speaking countries and those of different ethnicities.
This is an interesting fact to know because although we, as Latinos in America, have now grown to become the largest minority group in the United States, people have yet to comprehend the proper terminology and we at Towson University embrace the learning of culture and diversity.
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Want to learn more ...
Join us at our Wednesday meetings at 5:30pm in the Center for Diversity in the University Union!
See the L.A.S.O. Calendar for more details.