The Hispanic Business Student Association welcomed the largest incoming class of Hispanic business freshmen this September with a kick-off reception for the Class of 2009. Just over 100 business students out of this year’s freshman class of 850 are of Hispanic origin. In comparison, 69 Hispanic students were part of the freshman cohort in fall 2004.

Nearly 50 Hispanic freshmen attended the September meet and greet designed to foster a sense of community in the Hispanic Business Student Association and share b-school resources with its members. Association president Rocio Sotelo, a senior finance major, welcomed the students with a hearty “bienvenidos” and “howdy!” “At this moment, we are making history,” she said.

Pointing out business representatives and corporate scholarship sponsors at the networking event, Sotelo added, “Mays gave me a lot of resources, and I want you to know where they are to take advantage of them also.”

Heightened recruiting efforts and a focus on increasing diversity allowed for the largest class of under-represented students at Mays in recent history, thanks largely to the efforts of recruitment coordinator Sonia Garcia and the Undergraduate Programs Office staff under Director Peter Drysdale. In fall 2005, more than 125 Hispanic and African-American freshman, about 16 percent of the class, enrolled for classes at Mays. That’s a drastic improvement in the diversity of Mays entering classes, which ranged from 7 to 11 percent under-represented students over the past five years.

“Welcome to Mays Business School,” Associate Dean Martha “Marty” Loudder said during the student reception, concluding her remarks to the Hispanic freshmen. “We’re so lucky to have you here.”