Nuevo Comienzo

El Nuevo Comienzo (or new beginning) highlights the success and achievements of Latina/o/x and Native graduates at Wayne State University. It provides a time and space for honoring the support and contributions of family, friends, mentors and the community. El Nuevo Comienzo is open to all undergraduate, graduate and professional school students from WSU and is co-sponsored by the Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies, the NDN Learning Community, "a community of learning for Native/Aboriginals and allies," the Native American Student Organization, the Latinx Faculty and Staff Association, the Latinx Student Association, and the Office of Multicultural Student Engagement.

For more information on the event, contact Micheline Silva at or 313-577-4378.

2023 Program

Date: Tuesday, May 2, 2023
Time: 6 to 8 p.m.
Location: Student Center Ballroom
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2022 Program

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Keynote speaker: Rachel Yamakura, Director of Equity & Inclusion, Lansing Community College, WSU '08

Student speakers: Nathalie McCabe, Edgar Hernandez Armenta, Alyssa Vasquez 

Performance by: Mariachi Femenil Detroit

2021 Program

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Keynote speaker: Mayra Bravo, Manager, DTE Energy

Student speakers: Mayra Torres, Leisly Torres, Kely Perez, Eddy Gonzalez-Ramirez

Performance by: Elvin Ferreira, Raval Tres

2020 Program (video)

2019 Program

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Keynote speaker: Lawrence Garcia, Principal Attorney, City of Detroit

Student speakers: Kimberly Kleinhans, Josue Salas, Jasmin Maciel Gutierrez

Performance by: Reto Norteño Banda

2018 Program

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Keynote speaker: Ashley Tuomi, DHSc, Chief Executive Officer, American Indian Health & Family Services

Student speakers: Micheline Silva, David Pitawanakwat, Lilian Roa

Performance by: BombaRica