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Heritage Month + Celebrating 25 Years

October 2022

Happy end of National Hispanic and Latino Heritage Month! We hope you had a good month and first few weeks of fall, which is always a time of transition and change.

The Bolívar Network has been working diligently to plan a series of engagements over the coming months. Whether you made it to Grounds for our Young Alumni Reunions (YAR) programming in partnership with The Cultural Organization for Latin Americans (COLA) on October 8, were in the Northern Virginia area for our Latin Heritage Month Social on October 12, or have marked your calendar for our Annual Awards Brunch on December 3, we hope that you’ll take these opportunities to engage with us this fall!

25th Anniversary

As announced in both our spring and summer newsletters, the Bolívar Network is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. After months of collaboration and reviews, we are so excited to formally launch our new logo to reflect our commitment to the BN mission!

Marked by a feather, a symbol of cultural significance to our Hispanic and Latino communities, the emboldened lettering solidifies our dedication to the past, present, and future strength of our alumni at the University of Virginia. We hope that you will join us in celebrating this milestone, and making a gift in honor of Bolívar’s 25th anniversary, as we strive to create connection and community.

Support Latinx Community, Connection, and Scholarships

Scholarships and Awards

The Bolívar Network Book Scholarship

We are excited to announce that we have completed another successful round of Bolívar Network Book Scholarship applications! This year, the Bolívar Network is awarding four $750 Book Scholarships to three undergraduate and one graduate Latinx student who demonstrate leadership, academic achievement, service, vision, and a dedication to the Latinx/Latin American/Hispanic community.

Winners will be announced in the coming weeks on our social media pages.

The Bolívar Network Pablo J. Davis Award

Thank you to everyone who submitted nominations for the Pablo J. Davis Award! The Pablo J. Davis Award seeks to identify an individual whose work has contributed significantly to the Hispanic/Latinx community within the boundaries of the Commonwealth of Virginia. This year’s winner will be announced on our social media pages within the coming months.

Save the Date: The Bolívar Network’s Annual Awards Brunch

Save the Date! Please mark your calendars for the Annual Bolívar Network Awards Brunch on Saturday, December 3, 2022 at 11am EST. Location and more details to come soon.

Community Engagement

Alumni Encuentros

Last month, Latino UVA alumni based in Washington, D.C. met for a happy hour at Mission in Dupont. It was great to catch up with recent graduates. Thank you to those who came out for this gathering!

Want to see more of these types of events? We look forward to hosting more location-based gatherings of Hispanic/Latinx UVA alumni in different cities including Richmond and Washington, DC. If you are interested in helping us host events, please let us know by sending an email to

Latin Heritage Month Social

Thank you to all alumni, friends, and families who joined us and the UVA Club of Washington, DC, this past Wednesday at Inca Social – Rosslyn for our Latin Heritage Month Social! We had a great evening celebrating Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month and Bolívar Network’s 25th Anniversary.

A huge thank you to all who helped put this event on including the University of Virginia’s Division for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

Community Highlights

Katherine Flores – Walentas Scholar

Congratulations to incoming first-year Katherine Flores for her selection as part of the inaugural 12-person Walentas Scholars cohort. Katherine is enrolled in the University of Virginia School of Nursing and hopes to minor in Art. To read more about Katherine’s story, check out this UVAToday article.

Asha Chadha – Batten 15th Profiles

Check out alumni Asha Chadha’s (Batten ’20, UVA LAW ’25) “Profiles in Public Service” feature, part of the Batten School’s 15th Anniversary.

Job and Internship Postings

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York has summer 2023 internships posted! Current Junior Student AND Graduate Student (graduation dates: winter 2023, spring 2024) positions are live! TIP: Juniors = Analyst. Graduates = Associate. Submit your application today.