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Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month

Each year, Hispanic and Latino Americans celebrate the contributions and cultures of Hispanic Americans whose heritage can be traced to Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.

The observation began as Hispanic Heritage week and was expanded to cover a 30-day period from September 15 through October 15.  September 15 is significant as the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua.  Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence on September 16 and September 18, respectively.

The celebration extends into October to mark “El Dia de La Raza” or “the day of the Race,” which celebrates the Heritage of Latin America and all the ethnic and cultural influences that make it distinctive.

Events for Hispanic Heritage Month 2017

'Are you Hispanic/LatinX?' Student, Staff and Faculty Mixer
Friday, September 15, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
ASC, Multicultural Center   
The Multicultural Center staff proudly invites students, faculty, staff and allies to come meet, greet and network with the Hispanic/LatinX community. Light refreshments will be provided.

Zumba!
Tuesday, September 19, 7 p.m. 
ASC Ballroom B
Ditch the workout and join the party as you commemorate Hispanic Heritage with Zumba – an exhilarating, easy-to-follow, Latin inspired, dance fitness party that will be sure to excite and inspire you to get moving. No dance experience needed! Sponsored by The Multicultural Center and the Fitness Center with support from the Organization of Latin American Students.

Fiesta Latina!
Wednesday, September 20, 12:30 – 2 p.m.
ASC Outdoor Patio (In front of Dunkin Donuts)         
Kick off Hispanic Heritage month with games, music and some dancing with the Organization of Latin American students!  Sponsored by the Multicultural Center with support from the Organization of Latin American Students.

Latino Bake Sale
Thursday, September 21,  12 – 3 p.m.
In front of Buley Library
It’s the last day of summer! Stop by our bake sale for some traditional Latin baked goods.  You’ll be happy you did! Sponsored by OLAS

9th Annual Empowering Lives: Celebrating the Hispanic and Latino Culture
Monday, September 25, 1 p.m.
Adanti Student Center Ballroom    
Join us as we celebrate Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month. Dr. Jose B. Gonzalez provides an inspirational look at the life of a poet who immigrated to the United States at the age of eight, grew up in housing projects, earned a Ph.D. in English, and became an advocate for U.S. Latinos. This presentation will incorporate poetry, humor, personal anecdotes, and research. Also, enjoy Latin dishes and live performances by SCSU students. Sponsored by The Multicultural Center in conjunction with the Organization of Latin American Students.

A Taste of Latin America – Conn Hall celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month!
Tuesday, October 3, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Connecticut Hall
Enjoy a Latin inspired lunch for $7.00 at Conn Hall in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month.  Savor foods from different Latin countries and enjoy a little Latin culture while you are there!  Sponsored by the Multicultural Center, Chartwells and the Organization of Latin American Students.

Film Screening: Black in Latin America: An Island Divided (Dominican Republic & Haiti)
Monday, October 9, 7 p.m.
ASC Theater
In the Dominican Republic, Professor Gates explores how race has been socially constructed in a society whose people reflect centuries of inter-marriage, and how the country’s troubled history with Haiti informs notions about racial classification. In Haiti, Professor Gates tells the story of the birth of the first-ever black republic, and finds out how the slaves’ hard fight for liberation over Napoleon Bonaparte’s French Empire became a double-edged sword. Sponsored by the Multicultural Center with support from the Caribbean Student Association and the Organization of Latin American Students.

Voices of SCSU’s Hispanic/Latinx Community: A Conversation from the Student’s Perspective
Tuesday, October 10, 7:30 p.m.
ASC 301
Join SCSU students for a panel discussion as they share their personal stories of what it means to be a Hispanic/Latinx student at SCSU.  What are the social issues and misconceptions impacting their community?  Sponsored by the Multicultural Center with support from the Organization of Latin American Students.

National Latinx Aids Awareness Day
Monday, October 16, Time TBA
Location TBA
Please join us for an HIV prevention forum addressing issues impacting the Latinx community. Free, rapid HIV testing will be offered at the event. Sponsored by The Multicultural Center, Wellness Center, Cornell Scott Health Center with support from the Organization of Latin American Students.

Beyond the American Binary: The Inner Ethnic Conflict of Latinidad
Monday, October 16, 7:30 p.m.
ASC Theater
Explore the Latinx identity, or Latinidad, and the challenges that face Latinx people in a society obsessed with binaries…. Black or White, fluent or non-fluent in Spanish, culturally assimilated or holding on to our motherlands?  Through song, rap and storytelling Noel Quinones, (writer, performer and educator) will translate the perceived conflict of self into a narrative of self-awareness inviting us all to see the beauty in our complexity.  Sponsored by the Multicultural Center and the Organization of Latin American Students.

Noche De Gala: Costa Rica: Festival de La Luz!  
November 2, 8 p.m. – 1 a.m.
ASC Ballroom
Join OLAS at their annual semi-formal!  Each year Noche De Gala celebrates a different Latin country.  This year SCSU celebrates Costa Rica: Festival de la Luz! (Festival of lights) Come and enjoy a night of Hispanic foods and dancing to a variety of music (not just Spanish) as we pay tribute to Costa Rica and honor the Costa Rican culture!  Funds raised from this event will benefit scholarships for incoming Latino students.
Tickets are $10 for SCSU students, $15 faculty/staff and outside guests.  All tickets may be purchased online at  www.southernct.edu/olas. Sponsored by the SCSU Multicultural Center and the Organization of Latin American Students.  

Buley Library Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month!
Visit Buley Library from September 15 – October 15 and view the display celebrating the works and contributions of Hispanic authors, musicians and filmmakers!  Sponsored by the Buley Library.