Feature Friday – Semillas de Centro América and Pre-Optometric Association

Semillas de Centro América

Semillas de Centro America, or Semillas, seeks to sustain a supportive community for Central American students and community members through individual and collective empowerment. Club leaders are dedicated to “celebrating Central American culture and educating folx on Central American issues through community organizing, healing, and growth.” One student leader shared “we are a small organization, but we all hold space for one another and have done some amazing events!” Members love how they have been able to find a sense of community on campus, connect with others, and grow their own cultural, political, and social knowledge. The organization name, Semillas (seeds) was inspired by land defender Berta Caceres. Student leaders emphasized the welcoming nature of the group as well as their focus on social justice, empowerment, and personal experiences! To learn more, follow them on Instagram @semillascenam!


Pre-Optometric Association

The Pre-Optometric Association provides resources for students interested in optometry school and works to build a supportive network of students, alumni, and professionals. They meet monthly to discuss optometry school pre-requisites and future events, which can include guest speakers, OAT practice sessions, mock interviews, and more! One student said, “my favorite part of being involved with this group is the passionate alumni and professionals I get o meet that only inspire me to further pursue optometry.” Student leaders want you to know that optometry is not just for STEM majors – in fact, there are no optometry schools that require applicants to be a STEM major. The group honored 2020 which was designated The Year of Optometry, with the sweatshirts pictured! To learn more, email them at jsuoptometry@gmail.com, check out their Facebook page (The Pre-optometric Association at SJSU) or website (Iris-poa.org), and follow them on Instagram @spartanpoa.

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